ANCYL Gauteng supports Mabe

2014-09-10 19:46


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Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League treasurer and fraud-accused Pule Mabe should become president of the ANCYL, the league in Gauteng said on Wednesday.

"The province has further articulated itself on supporting... comrade Pule Mabe to be the president of the ANCYL," Gauteng chairperson Matome Chiloane told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Comrade Pule Mabe is a member of the ANCYL in good standing within our province and we believe that the knowledge and experience he has acquired through time from the various leadership positions he has held puts him in good standing to take our organisation further."

He also said that it noted charges laid against Mabe and resolved to continue to support him and said he was innocent until proven guilty.

Mabe faces fraud charges in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

He and two others have been charged with fraud and corruption. They were arrested after handing themselves to the police last year.

In August, the national task team said Mabe, 34, qualified to stand for president and that there was never a statement that members should be younger than 35.

At the time, convenor Mzwandile Masina said it did not matter if he was elected and then turned older than 35 during his term. As long as he was younger than 35 when he was elected.

Masina said the pending case would not affect Mabe's qualification for nomination.

Mabe was ANCYL treasurer at the time that Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was the league's president.

During that time the organisation ran itself into extensive debt, which led to liquidation cases against the ANCYL.

Also during his term in office, millions of rand of the ANCYL's money reportedly went missing.

Other front-runners for the position of president included former deputy ANCYL president Ronald Lamola and ANCYL national task team (NTT) co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe.

Masina said official nominations for the leadership positions would take place at provincial general councils.

Mabe, Lamola and Mzobe qualified to stand.

The NTT took over the running of the ANCYL last year after its leadership and national executive committee had been disbanded by the ANC.

Masina said the league had stabilised and was ready to elect new leadership.

The elective conference would be held in Gauteng from 24 September to 28 September.

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