Malema misses KZN meeting

2010-08-14 00:00

DELEGATES to the KZN ANC Youth League provincial general council (PGC) voiced their dissapointment at the failure of leader Julius Malema to address the opening of the council last night.

The ANCYL in KZN started its two-day PGC yesterday at the Edgewood campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pinetown, ahead of the national general council of the ANC scheduled for Durban next month.

Malema was scheduled to deliver a keynote address last night and today former ANCYL president, Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, and ANC KZN secretary Sihle Zikalala are expected to address the gathering.

ANCYL provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said Malema had to cancel his attendance because the Gauteng ANCYL is holding its elective provincial conference this weekend.

“… the head office decided that he should attend the Gauteng conference because it’s a crucial conference as the membership is expected to elect new provincial leadership.

“Instead, national spokesperson and NEC member of the ANCYL Floyd Shivambu was deployed to address the opening of our PGC,’’ Mtolo said.

Youth league members interviewed by Weekend Witness voiced their disappointment and said they were looking forward to Malema’s address.

“Juju always has something interesting for the youth and he does deal directly with all current issues. I am really disappointed he is not here,’’ said one delegate.

Although delegates’ accreditation went on peacefully, unlike the chaotic elective conference two months ago, proceedings started three hours late.

Mtolo said that among the issues to be deliberated are the nationalisation of mines and the transformation of the South African economy to benefit everyone, especially previously disadvantaged people.


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