ANCYL task team says it's ready for congress

2015-09-03 17:56


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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League national task team (NTT) said it was all systems go for its national conference, despite an attempt to interdict the congress.

The NTT said in a statement they were pleased with the ANCYL provinces' state of readiness and preparations, which was "characterised by enthusiastic and robust discussions".

"The conference is set to reawaken the only true and legitimate voice of the country's young lions to champion the hopes and aspirations of our young people."

While the NTT was positive about the congress, a group of North West members were at the High Court in Pretoria with an urgent application to stop congress from going ahead on Friday.

The group alleged there were unresolved disputes relating to the exclusion of delegates.

The run-up to the ANCYL national congress has been marred by claims of irregular auditing processes and allegations of interference from top structures within the ruling party.

An ANC official has been accused of working hand-in-hand with a so-called "premier league" on the auditing of branches to ensure the delegates who get selected to attend the elective congress will vote for its preferred candidates.

The "premier league" is said to include North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and Free State Premier Ace Magashule. It is understood they want North West chairperson Collen Maine to lead the league.

The NTT on Thursday said all provinces, except Gauteng, had held provincial general councils. Gauteng was still in the process of finalising its council on Thursday, the NTT said in a statement.

PGCs nominated their preferred candidates for ANCYL president.

North West, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and the Free State have nominated North West chairperson Collen Maine for the position of president.

The Western Cape nominated former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe.

The Eastern Cape reportedly failed to decide who to nominate. The Daily Dispatch earlier this week reported that the PGC had failed to get a quorum.

Gauteng would only have a decision on who to back after its PGC.

Other ANCYL presidential hopefuls were Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela and former deputy president Ronald Lamola.

More than 3 000 delegates are expected to attend the three-day congress starting on Friday at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Delegates arrived in Johannesburg on Thursday where registration for the congress was underway.

President Jacob Zuma would address the congress on Saturday, while Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to address delegates on Friday.

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