ANCYL congress to go ahead despite Limpopo disbandment

2015-08-12 16:01


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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League says its national congress will go ahead next month. This is despite the disbandment of its Limpopo leadership, which has been replaced with a provincial task team.

Nathi Mthethwa, the league's national co-ordinator, told News24 on Wednesday that the task team could be in place for up to nine months. He said this did not affect branches, which would send delegates to the national congress.

New leaders for the ANCYL in Limpopo were elected just over two months ago. However, the High Court in Pretoria ruled in June that the elective congress was null and void and had to be held again.

This comes a month before the ANCYL is set to hold its elective congress.

Mthethwa said the ANCYL congress would still be held from September 4 to 6.

More than 90% of branches had held their branch general meetings (BGMs) and were ready, he said. The failure of branches to hold BGMs was given as the cause for the delay of the congress, which was meant to be held in June.

Mthethwa said the preparatory team for the congress had given branches until August 10 to hold these meetings, but the deadline was extended to August 16.

"If you can't make it this time around, even with this one week amnesty, there's nothing we can do."

Mthethwa said the team was "ambitious" and wanted all those meant to attend the congress to be there.

"We are trying to fight this gate-keeping thing. Obviously in practice it might not necessarily be the case because if your branch fails to convene, nobody can help you on that," he added.

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