League conference registration kicks off

2011-06-15 15:08

Registration for the ANC Youth League conference got off to an unusual start today with delegates registering at their respective hotels across Gauteng rather than at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, where the 4-day conference will take place.

However, by 5pm this afternoon, many of the delegates who are coming from far away provinces had still not arrived, hence registration is expected to continue well into the night and behind closed doors.

What is also unusual is that the country’s two biggest provinces – Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal – are being housed together at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. In previous conferences, key delegates have been under one roof to ensure that they are not influenced by opposing factions.

The Eastern Cape is key to this conference and could well influence its outcome.

Julius Malema has nominated Sindiswa Magaqa, the deputy chairperson of the ANCYL in KZN, as his preferred secretary general in the incoming leadership team.

However, that position is also coveted by Ayanda Matiti, the chairman of the ANCYL in Eastern Cape. In recent weeks the province pledged their support for Malema, but on condition that Matiti be nominated as SG, which Malema refuses to do.

Meanwhile, the campaign team behind Legobang Maile, Malema’s challenger, has offered Matiti the position of SG if they back him for president.

Hence, in order to keep them away from possible temptation, all 950 of the Eastern delegates are being accommodated together over the next few days.

The home delegates from Gauteng have been registering throughout the day at the Don Hotel in Eastgate, where Maile was expected to register shortly after 5pm.

Malema, his fellow leaders and the members of his executive will register at Gallagher Convention Centre later this evening.

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