Gauteng Ancyl chooses Mokonyane to appease ANC

2010-04-29 17:52

Gauteng ANC Youth League (Ancyl) publicly announced its backing of

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane in the two-horse race for control of the


Ancyl said the unanimous decision to rally behind Mokonyane against

a formidable foe in Paul Mashatile, followed lengthy deliberations on Wednesday


The battle is expected to intensify as closer to the elective

congress to be held from May 6 to 9 in Tshwane.

Thabo Kupa, Ancyl provincial secretary, said the league

acknowledged that the ANC national executive committee (NEC) intensified

Gauteng’s problems with its decision to appoint Mokonyane as premier.

“We appeal to branches to now firstly, respect the decision of the

NEC to appoint Mokonyane as premier, a name submitted by us for


“Secondly, for branches to continue to remain committed to one

strategic centre led by one person in the ANC and in the state,” he said.

Kupa said the decision was influenced by the need for

organisational renewal, ideological balance, geographic spread, generational mix

and gender parity.

Asked why the league changed its tune when barely nine months ago

it supported Mashatile, league spokesperson, Fred Mokoko responded.

It was the ANC NEC’s decision although it was not what we wanted we

had to rally people to support it.

“As members we can’t go against decisions of the highest body, the


“If we have one person leading the province we can close ranks and

concentrate on service delivery,” he said.

Referring to possible nomination of embattled Tshwane mayor Gwen

Ramokgopa as deputy chairperson, Mokoko said they not yet seen the


“We support those we have engaged with and found each other on

issues. We want leadership that will support our programmes including

nationalisation,” he explained.

The league said it was allowed to lobbying and canvass publicly,

and to that end revealed a list of names it will support for the provincial

executive committee:Apart from Mokonyane, the list was current league provincial

chairperson Jacob Khawe for deputy secretary; Bheki Nkosi; Mokoko; Doctor

Tshwale; Pule Mabe; Richard Makola; Valentine Mbatha, Papi Molokaone and Faith


The league also deliberated on charges against its national

president Julius Malema. Kupa said they will be dealt with internally. Another

matter discussed preparations for the regional congresses of the league.

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