ANCYL presidential hopeful denies pressure from top dogs

2015-08-26 08:41


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Johannesburg - ANCYL presidential hopeful and North West chairperson Collen Maine has denied allegations that he is being imposed on the league by the so-called "premier league".

"Those comrades who are being referred to as the league of premiers, they are not members of the ANCYL and they cannot impose anybody to the youth league," he told News24.

"If anybody is to emerge as the leader of the youth league it should be because members of the youth league in their own right, time and space have [decided] this particular comrade is able to lead us."

Maine at the same time denied that there was such a thing as the "premier league".

It has been alleged that the "premier league" which included North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and Free State Premier Ace Magashule, were trying to impose Maine on the league in a bid to advance their own 2017 leadership ambitions.

Other possible candidates

The ANC will elect new leaders at its next elective conference in two years’ time.

The ANCYL's leadership structures were disbanded in 2013 by the ANC.

Next week will be the first time the league elects a new president since Julius Malema was expelled in 2012. The elective congress is expected to be held at Gallagher Estate from September 4 to September 6.

Other candidates possibly standing for ANCYL president were former deputy president Ronald Lamola, Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela and former treasurer Pule Mabe.

The league's congress was delayed earlier this year. It was rumoured that this was because of interference by ANC leaders.

North West local govt MEC

However, Maine maintains that he is not being imposed on by anyone in the league.

"I have been approached by the youth league members in my province and we have agreed... that comrade Sipho Dial [North West secretary], would lead a team of people to lobby other structures of the organisation across the country.

"No premier has sat with me in a meeting and said to me that 'we want you to be the leader of the youth league'," he said.

Maine, who is also North West local government and human settlements MEC, said he worked with Mahumapelo because he was the premier and his boss.

"Not at any point has comrade Mahumapelo spoken to me about the youth league."

He said when the ANCYL in the province decided to lobby for Maine, it approached the ANC officials in the province to inform them so that they did not hear it from the media or in the corridors.

The allegations about his links with the premier league were "rumour mongering".

"We are the youth league, we want to determine our own path. No premier, no minister, no deputy minister will dictate to the ANCYL who to elect," said Maine.

The ANCYL in the North West is expected to hold its provincial general council this weekend where it is expected to formally pronounce on its decision to nominate Maine for the position of president.

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