North Coast ANC nominations in line with the ‘popular view’

2012-11-13 00:00

THE ANC Youth League in the party’s Musa Dladla Region (North Coast) is rooting for Jacob Zuma to be president of the party for a second term.

Speaking to The Witness, regional secretary Philani “Sxaka” Mthethwa said the nomination is in line with the “popular view” which supports Zuma as president, Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president, Gwede Mantashe as secretary-general, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general, Zweli Mkhize as treasurer and Baleka Mbete as national chairperson.

Regional youth league chairperson Bonga “Khabe” Ntuli said their branches in the region had indicated that they want Zuma for president again.

“We are not voting for Zuma because he is from Nkandla. We have previously voted for presidents such as Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki, who are not from this region,” said Ntuli.

He said the organisation still needed Zuma’s leadership. “We are happy with him because he respects the principles and policies of the organisation,” said Ntuli.

The ANCYL secretary of the Ilembe district, Sphesihle Zulu, said that region also supports Zuma. “We heard from the news that the National Executive Committee [of the ANCYL] is rooting for Motlanthe, but nobody informed us directly. We nominated 86 candidates as a collective, not just Zuma, so if Motlanthe is doing a good job then Zuma is also doing a good job as the head,” said Zulu.

ANCYL eThekwini regional secretary Vukani Ndlovu, reportedly a firm supporter of expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema, said although the NEC was backing Motlanthe, this was not the final decision of the league. “The NEC has given lower structures of the league [power] to engage and propose suitable candidates for Mangaung. The ANC is not in a good state of mind. There is a lot of division and we believe that if Kgalema [Motlanthe] is president, the party will be intact,” he said.

Ndlovu said Motlanthe had a high moral standing in society. “He is not associated with issues of corruption, not that I am saying anybody is,” he said.

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