Juju songs dominate ANCYL congress

2011-06-16 09:26

Songs calling for ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema to be elected for a second term as president dominated the start of the 24th national congress at the Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, today.

As delegates streamed in to the venue, they sang songs calling for Malema to retain his position.

Some were old ANC songs with their lyrics altered to indicate their support for Malema.

“Sifuna uJuju manje” (we want Malema now),

“uMalema ungowethu” (Malema is ours), were some of the songs sung by the majority of delegates.

Juju is Malema’s nickname.

Delegates also sang the controversial “dubula ibhunu” song whose existence hangs in the balance after Afrikaner lobby group, AfriForum, took Malema to court for singing it.

At the congress Malema is being challenged by Lebogang Maile, chairman of the Gauteng ANC Youth League and provincial MEC for Sports and Recreation.

Maile enters this elective conference as an underdog after he failed to get even a single province to endorse his candidacy.

Malema, on the other hand, was endorsed by all the nine provinces including Maile’s province, Gauteng.

Maile’s only chance to qualify to contest Malema’s position would be if he was nominated from the floor.

This would require the backing of 30% of the 5 500 delegates expected at the Gallagher Estate venue.

Another position expected to be highly contested is that of general secretary.

KwaZulu-Natal youth league deputy chairman Sindiso Magaqa, and Eastern Cape chairman Ayanda Matiti, are both vying to replace the outgoing Vuyiswa Tulelo.

Magaqa is supported by eight of the nine provinces, but Matiti’s camp is adamant that their preferred candidate will win the post.

ANC president Jacob Zuma is expected to attend today.

The election of new leaders is set to take place in a closed session tomorrow.

Tulelo said this morning that the league was ready to start the conference, and that the registration process went smoothly yesterday.

Events of the youth league are often delayed by the registration process.

Tulelo said a pre-registration process, which happened in all nine provinces, had helped to speed up the process.

She said: “We did everything yesterday. You can see our delegates are now arriving.”

The conference was expected to start at 10am. 

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