More woes for eThekwini ANCYL ahead of conference

2014-01-08 00:00

AFTER two years of trying to rebuild the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the eThekwini region, the planned elective conference scheduled for the end of the month is already riddled with problems.

The youth league’s leadership was disbanded in 2011 by the then leader Julius Malema. Now the provincial leadership has again had to step in to investigate allegations of irregularities in the convening of the annual general meetings in the eThekwini region, the biggest in the country.

This came as a grouping calling themselves “concerned ANCYL activists” accused the regional interim leadership of complicity in irregularities in connection with convening annual general meetings (AGMs) ahead of the elective regional conference.

The conference was originally scheduled for November, but could not take place as planned because some branch AGMs still had to be held and delegates to the conference had to be nominated.

Yesterday, it emerged that disgruntled members have lodged complaints with the provincial leadership regarding the irregularities in convening AGMs.

The “concerned ANCYL activists” had even threatened to boycott the upcoming elective conference if the irregularities were not investigated.

A youth league member, who asked not to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media, claimed that some AGMs were being held without the knowledge of the general membership so one faction could attend and nominate their own preferred candidate and delegates.

However, regional co-ordinator Thanduxolo Sabelo accused the “activists” of wanting to frustrate the processes leading to the regional conference.

“These people have been rejected by the branches and now are trying hard to frustrate the process.”

He said the region has already held 70% of AGMs, which made them ready to take branches to the elective conference.

But provincial co-ordinator Nontembeko Boyce said they were considering complaints arising from the launch of branches. “We are dealing with the issue internally. Therefore we cannot then discuss anything with the media, but there are appeals. We are still continuing to rebuild the youth league.”

Process leading to conference

• Each branch holds an annual general meeting to elect new leadership and also nominate delegates and preferred candidates to the regional conference.

• At least 50 + 1 members must be in attendance for the meeting to have quorum.

• But, when those eyeing positions anticipate they will not win, they often do not take their supporters to the meeting, forcing the meeting to be postponed and then they make every effort to garner enough supporters to vote for them.

• When the AGMs are audited and 70% of branches pass the audit, the elective conference is held.

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