Maine indifferent about being elected president

2015-09-06 22:10
New ANCYL president Collen Maine and deputy president Desmond Moela. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

New ANCYL president Collen Maine and deputy president Desmond Moela. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg – Newly elected ANCYL president Collen Maine said on Sunday he is indifferent about being elected into the top position.

He said that for him, it was never about the money or the perks, but about serving the youth.

Addressing the media shortly after he delivered his first address on the final day of the ANC Youth League’s 25th National Congress in Midrand, he said, “I am not nervous or excited.”

Maine, who is currently MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements in the North West, said he would be resigning from that job soon.

“I am not forced to resign today and I understand that being a president of the youth league is a full time position so the ANC and the Youth League will engage on the matter.”

He said he would be moving to seventh floor of the ANC's Luthuli House headquarters.

When asked about if his salary package and if he would be getting perks like a house and security Maine said: “When we get elected, the oath we take in the Youth League or the ANC is that you don’t expect any material benefits.

“So whether there are salary cuts or not, I must just do the responsibilities I have been given by the organisation because it is not about salaries for us.”

He once again addressed the “premier league” issue saying that it did not exist.

Maine has reportedly enjoyed the backing of three ANC chairpersons - North West chair Supra Mahumapelo, Free State chair Ace Magashule and Mpumalanga chair David Mabuza, which have been referred to as the premier league.

“There is no such thing called the 'premier league', some people planted this just before congress so that they could even question the legitimacy of this leadership because we even came to the congress.

“We don’t have a 'premier league we don’t know where that comes from, the first time I ever saw that was in the City Press. It does not exist.”

Regarding members who had taken the organisation to court he said, “We will get reports from the PECs '[provincial executive committees] of Limpopo and the North West province with regards to the members who took the organisation to court.

“We have resolved that those members must be expelled, that decision, which was taken during congress, must be implemented and those reports will reveal how many members were involved,” said Maine referring to a members of the league in the North West who brought an urgent application to prevent the ANCYL congress from going ahead on Friday.

He said the new league would do everything in its power to implement the resolutions from the congress.

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