KZN ANC youth wing wants former leaders retained in Parliament

2013-09-12 00:00

THE interim leaders of ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday said they wanted their former presidents to be retained as MPs and be included in the cabinet after the general elections next year.

Zinhle Cele, of the eThekwini regional task team (RTT), admitted the league would campaign and invite young people who, through “gate-keeping” within the ANC were possibly alienated, to be brought in from the sidelines.

eThekwini regional task team co-ordinator Thanduxolo Sabela said “there should be a generational mix of those deployed to Parliament. We do have a list of comrades we believe are equal to serve in the National Assembly, National Council of provinces and the [KZN] Legislature”.

Speaking at a media breakfast in Durban, Sabela named Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbalula and Lulu Johnson as their former presidents. Julius Malema, now of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, was not mentioned.

Those the ANCYL wants in Parliament include:

• Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa,

• Former presidential spokesperson Zizi Kodwa,

• Former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe,

• Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni,

• Deputy Higher Education Minister Mdu Manana,

• eThekwini regional task team convenor Sthe Mshengu, and

• ANCYL national task team co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe.

It also wants its former leaders to serve in the KZN Legislature.

Sabela said “the youth lions” were ready to fight for inclusion of their preferred candidates in the nomination lists.

“Many people believe that the ANCYL is dead because some fool was expelled. The youth league is alive and we are working to ensure that this ANC inherits good leaders,” he added.

The pronouncement by the youth body comes as the ANC enters into the process of selecting candidates to be nominated to serve in Parliament and legislatures next year.

The KZN ANCYL intends reaching out to the “ICW” — Indian, Coloured and White youth.

Cele said the league would campaign and invite these young people to rally behind the ANC. A cultural festival is planned in Verulam for September 28, as well as a door-to-door campaign.

RTT member Amanda Bani said “born-frees” would be rallied to register and vote for the ANC.

Sabela also revealed that a “high-profile picnic” with President Jacob Zuma was being planned at one of the Durban beaches.

Meanwhile, the youth leaders were evasive on who their preferred premier candidate is, but they promised to support any chosen candidate.

The league plans to hold an elective conference in February after regions have elected their own leaders.


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