Youth League congress back on track

2010-05-24 11:41

ANC Youth League leaders have managed to calm angry delegates who

had walked out of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial elective congress after the

election result were announced earlier today.

The ANCYL leaders, including national general secretary Vuyiswa

Tulelo, spent nearly an hour persuading delegates to return to the hall.

The congress is being held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s

Howard College.

The leaders told angry delegates that boycotting the congress would

create a bad image of the Youth League.

By 11.30am all delegates were waiting for the second round of the

voting process.

Earlier, it was reported there was chaos at the congress when the

leadership election results were released. Some delegates walked out,

complaining the elections were rigged. They were mainly from the lower south


During the election process, delegates had been divided into two

factions. One group was led by Bheki Mtolo, a staunch ally of the league’s

president Julius Malema, who stood against Wandile Mkhize for the position of

provincial secretary.

The Mtolo faction won all top five positions.

Those who had walked out said some of their delegates had been

deliberately disqualified to make it easy for Mtolo’s faction to win.

Abaqulusi regional member Lindani Zwane said 31 delegates from his

region were not given name tags to qualify them to vote.

“We saw from the very

outset that these guys were trying to rig the whole election process.”

Angry delegates told former KwaZulu-Natal youth league chairperson

Nhlakanipho Ntombela that they were not going to allow the ANC national leaders

to foil their election.

The Youth League leaders said it would have been better if

delegates raised their concerns before the election.

The congress was scheduled to have finished yesterday, but a

chaotic registration process has caused delays.

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