Possible postponement for ANCYL conference

2015-06-20 12:22


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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League's long awaited national conference could be put on hold again because of problems still plaguing some of its provinces.

Speculation was rife among youth league members that the national task team would announce a postponement next week.

The conference was set to be held from June 25 to 28.

A KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL member, who did not want to be named, told News24 the conference had been postponed indefinitely because there was a lack of decisiveness on who should lead the league.

Another KwaZulu-Natal source said: "We pushing for it to be postponed. It can't sit until our issues are resolved and entertained.

"We want a re-run in KZN, [in the] North West no BGMs have sat and Limpopo has been nullified via [the] court."

The ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal held its provincial conference earlier this month which saw some disruptions.

In Limpopo, four branches had been removed from the provincial congress which was held last month.

An interdict was served on the four branches from Sekhukhune by members unhappy with how delegates were elected to attend the congress.

The provincial congress continued without the branches and new leadership was elected.

Other ANCYL members in Mpumalanga and Gauteng have also said they suspect that the conference will be postponed.

The ANC disbanded the ANCYL's executive in 2013 and placed a national task team in place to rebuild its structures.

A conference to elect new leadership was meant to take place last year.

At the last minute, however, the national task team announced it would be a consultative conference, upsetting some of its members.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza has told News24 that a statement regarding next week's conference would be sent out once a decision was made.

National conference preparatory committee co-ordinator and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has not responded to calls and messages from News24.

Earlier this month, Mthethwa told a media briefing that the ANC wanted its youth league back on its feet.

"The ANC would want to see the Youth League get back on stream in full force. We sorely missed that roar of Young Lions," he said at the time.

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