Changes in candidate line-up as ANCYL conference nears

2014-07-24 00:00

THE leadership race for the ANC Youth League in KZN is heating up as the party structures are busy lobbying for pole position.

As the elective conference draws nearer, changes are being made on the line-ups of those preferred to lead the organisation.

The Witness has learnt that eThekwini’s regional secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo is being lobbied to become the provincial secretary. Sabelo is bumping out ­Mdumiseni Ntuli.

Also replaced in the provincial chairperson position is Xolani Zuma of the North Coast with Okhahlamba regional chairperson Sipho Hlomuka.

“There is agreement that Sipho should be the chairperson. He is the one nominated by the regions,” said a party member who asked not to be named.

The new line-up is backed by the biggest region, eThekwini, which goes to the conference with most delegates.

The league is heading for an elective conference in August to elect new leaders following the rebuilding of party structures that was spearheaded by the provincial task team (PTT).

PTT spokesperson Siboniso Duma said yesterday lobbying for positions was being held without character assassination of individuals.

Duma said all was in order to convene the conference next month, and that the interim leadership would soon meet to decide on the date and venue in August.

He also said all regions have held their conferences and that 70% of branches have held their branch general meetings to nominate new leaders and choose their delegates.

The conference was delayed due to the youth league’s involvement in the elections campaign in recent months.

The league was given until September to elect national leaders after it was disbanded in 2012.

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