eThekwini nominates ANCYL leaders at regional conference

2014-02-04 00:00

THE ANC Youth League’s biggest region, eThekwini, has come out in support of national task team co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe to stand for the presidency of the youth body in September.

The region nominated deputy of higher education minister Mdu Manana and Mawethu Rune as deputy president and secretary-general respectively.

The nominations of the trio were some of the special resolutions taken at the regional conference held over the weekend, according to newly-elected regional secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo.

Sabelo described Mzobe, an employee in the KZN Health Department, as a man of integrity who had dedicated his time to successfully rebuild the youth league structures.

“He has a track record of serving as president of the student representative council at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and as secretary-general of the SA Student Congress.

“We talk here of an individual par excellence. He achieved a lot within a short space of time,” Sabelo said.

The league is expected to hold its elective congress before September. The ANC national leadership had disbanded the previous youth league under expelled leader Julius Malema.

eThekwini region was the sixth structure to hold a conference, a move that brings the KZN chapter closer to holding an elective provincial congress later this month.

Sabelo said the regional conference has also resolved to nominate Durban’s Mdumiseni Ntuli to become the next ANC Youth League provincial chairperson and Xolani Zuma from the North Coast as the provincial secretary at the soon to be held provincial congress. The regional ANCYL also resolved to call on the eThekwini Metro to establish a youth department to deal with issues of young people.

The region previously called for a fully-fledged youth department that was not merely relegated to a youth desk.

Sabelo said the youths attending the conference also wanted the municipality to provide a WiFi service for young people in townships and rural areas.

“We live in an information age. Young people can’t live without access to the internet,” he said.

Sabelo added that the Tshwane Metro Municipality was currently piloting the initiative, and that there was nothing stopping the eThekwini Metro from embarking on a similar exercise.

The conference also elected Amanda Bani as the chairperson, Khanyisani Shandu as her deputy, Qiniselo Shezi as deputy secretary and Bongani Khuluse as treasurer.

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