ANCYL: No turmoil in KZN

2010-05-22 00:00

AT least 20 KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League branches were disqualified from attending the much anticipated provincial youth conference yesterday for failing to meet the league’s accreditation requirements.

The conference themed, “towards the advancement of a new cadre, consolidating youth hegemony towards centenary”, saw more than 1 000 delegates converging to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard College campus where the seventh youth league conference is being held.

Following the disruption of two other provincial conferences in Limpopo and Eastern Cape recently, tight security measures were arranged at the conference with the separation of registration venues from the venue where the conference will take place.

About 541 branches of the ANCYL in the province are expected to discuss policy and elect new provincial leadership.

ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said out of 561 branches they have in the province only 20 were disqualified for failing to meet requirements for accreditation to the conference.

Outgoing provincial chairperson Mxolisi Kaunda, said they are anticipating no disruptions at the conference as they recorded no dissatisfaction from members at branch and regional levels.

“We want to assure the youth of KZN and the people in general that our congress will be peaceful and there would be no disruptions. Historically our conferences had been held without any hindrances and we want to continue from that,” Mtolo said.

The ANCYL is currently plagued by a succession battle between Malema and his deputy Andile Lungisa as the organisation is preparing to hold its national elective conference next year.

Although all organisational security precautions had been taken, Mtolo said they have also approached the police to provide security to the conference.

Mtolo said among key issues to be debated at the conference is the controversial issue of nationalisation of mines, the drafting of the youth development policy and the issue of job opportunities for young people.

He also confirmed that Malema is going to deliver the keynote address this morning (Saturday).


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