ANCYL nominates Motlanthe for president

2012-10-03 16:27

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League has officially nominated Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for president of the ruling party and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for the position of ANC secretary general ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung.

The league's deputy president Ronald Lamola said while Motlanthe has not accepted any nominations for the 53rd ANC conference, the league believed that he would make himself available to contest the presidency against President Jacob Zuma.

The league would await the outcomes of the branch general meetings later this month to discuss who to nominate for the other four positions of the ANC’s top six.

Other candidates that the league wants branches to consider for leadership positions include current ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa, ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, current deputy secretary general Thandi Modise and ANC national executive member Thenjiwe Mtintso.

Lamola said any of these candidates may be nominated for any of the four positions.

He acknowledged that the league was divided on who to nominate for the position of deputy president.

Mashatile, who has also been touted to contest for the position of ANC chairperson, and Sexwale are reportedly the two ANC leaders who may be nominated for the position of deputy president.

The league was not expecting Motlanthe to pronounce on whether he accepts the nomination or not until he is approached by the Independent Electoral Commission which will run the election process in Mangaung.

"South Africa needs a new generation of leaders. We need new, fresh thinking. We need innovative leadership and we believe that is Kgalema Motlanthe," said Lamola.

The league said it agreed with Zuma that he would only serve one term as president. Zuma was quoted as saying this soon after the 2007 conference in Polokwane.

The league's secretary general Kenetswe Mosenogi referred to Zuma as an "elder" who would still play a role in the ANC after he has left the leadership position.

Lamola said the league was not concerned about the increase in membership numbers in Zuma’s stronghold of KwaZulu-Natal, which will send the largest delegation of voting delegates with 974 members.

"We are not worried at all about that increase. Those members must be inducted into organisational values. The increase is a reflection of the organisational growth and the decline of the impact of the IFP,” said Lamola.

The league said Motlanthe had displayed the leadership skills needed to take the ANC and the country forward, adding that he had particularly shown leadership by calling the league to order when it went astray.

"Primarily the kind of leadership we need is leadership that adheres to our political programme for economic freedom in our lifetime," said Lamola.

The league did not expect Motlanthe to help expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema return to the party’s fold if he emerges as the new leader after Mangaung.

Lamola urged members not to be swayed by any acts of intimidation, the use of money, purging of leaders or government officials to nominate and elect a certain leader.

"The ANC must act decisively to ensure that all comrades are afforded an opportunity to voice [their leadership preferences] without fear or favour," said Lamola.

  • goodman.ngcobo - 2012-10-03 16:07

    FYL not ANCYL

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-03 16:37

      Prof Jansen for President.

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-03 16:44

      who cares...any anc cadre will keep screwing this country over. We need a new goverment. Peple with knowledge not mush.

      Willie - 2012-10-03 16:51

      Anyone who want Zuma for second term needs brain transplant

      matshobana.siziba - 2012-10-03 16:54

      SA needs new generation Motlanthe New generation! BTW in politics youth age goes up to infinity

      BulletProof. - 2012-10-03 17:01

      Is this means Malema will be out of jail and ready for more corruption?

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-10-03 17:05

      Ja maybe we resurrect Verwoerd and elect him as president as most of you wish. ha ha ha ja nee

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-03 17:11

      Zuma did not create any mandate for the ANC - Kgalema cannot create any mandate for the ANC. NO single one person can change a mandate for the ANC - it is a party decision. No single one in the party is the creator of the corruption - it is generally accepted by the party. The ANC will not easily restore the credibility it had in '94. The damage they have done to themselves is far to much. Ultimately you can vote anybody in you want to as leader of the ANC, YOUR situation on streetlevel will NOT change.

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-04 06:32

      Lamola said- Any of these candidates may be chosen for any of these positions!!! FFS how are they all qualified to do any of these positions. One day very soon we will have a cleaner doing heart operations.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-04 15:28

      With my observation, the ANCYL, Limpopo PEC and Gauteng PEC took a bold stand by supporting the nomination of Kgalema Motlanthe. This is happening at a time when many in the ANC sees that Zuma stands a better chance of winning because His home province has the highest number of voters and Zuma is KZN preferred candidate. It is possible that to avoid being thrown into the political wilderness, provinces like North West, Free State, ANCWL decided to go with the candidate that stood a better chance fo winning even thou they might know that the person is not necessarily the best candidate. However may the best leaders win.

  • phillip.phogole - 2012-10-03 16:19

    I support you ANCYL I also nominate Kgalema as president Zuma is elder must just go and rest in inkantla

      shimeAschendorf - 2012-10-03 17:16

      And have sex

      rknevhulaudzi - 2012-10-03 18:48

      And marry more wives

      lownabester - 2012-10-03 20:23

      I dont trust Motlante, he is a snake, no beter than Zuma, but more dangerous, he has a hidden agenda. and thats scary.

  • ingwani.sithole - 2012-10-03 16:30

    Yes Yes Yes,Hooray. Now these leaders will take us to where we want.Viva Anc viva.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-03 16:54

      LOL! In a few years you'll be doing the same to them as you did to Zooomer and Mbeki. The impossible dreams of the uneducated.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-03 16:59

      Irene, ditto. Some people want others to take them where they want to be. Others do it themselves. And rightly said, when they cannot take the people where they want to be, they turn on them.......survivor vs victim spirit

      yrhonour.honour - 2012-10-03 19:03

      @Sganja - I have had the misfortune of reading a few of your bland statements - You're not very bright are you!...never mind

      schalk.jonker.1 - 2012-10-03 19:29

      just look at your spelling and grammer. then you will see why we call you uneducated.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-03 16:32

    The suckers have spoken.

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-03 16:34

    Motlanthe for President.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-03 17:00

      LOL Thabang - does not matter who the next president is, he is going to get his ar$e wipped at some stage because he will not be able to satisfy the masses.

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-03 17:01

      Madiba for president- if Mugabe can be president at his rotten old age, surely Madiba can rule SA.

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-03 16:34

    Zuma for President

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-03 16:34

    Hellen Zille for President

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-03 16:42

      Three Presidents? now there's an interesting thought. Just imagine how many new towns can be built.

      abram.spamers - 2012-10-03 17:27

      Zuma already costs as much as three presidents on his own

      nick.tarr.39 - 2012-10-03 17:52

      I Think he's canvasing the political opinion of the comments section using the likes/dislikes :P

      yrhonour.honour - 2012-10-03 19:04

      @ Thabang - Good humour! x 3

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-03 16:34

    Let the battle begin.

      bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-10-03 16:44

      Surely you mean let the BAFFLE begin !

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-03 16:34

    Malema for President

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-04 12:38

      yes! he can be president of the 26s when he starts serving his jail sentence

  • maree.cassie - 2012-10-03 16:35

    I knew he would be the next president, but the fact that he is outspoken about not banning Julius is troublesome...

  • osmaseko - 2012-10-03 16:38

    Finally the Youth has spoken, lets lobby and get our candidates to win..phambili...amandla

  • tinyiko.wakarisenga - 2012-10-03 16:38

    winds of change @lst

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-03 17:15

      Winds of change, blowing SOUTH!

  • julius.hond - 2012-10-03 16:41

    makes no difference, he is no better than zuma. the anc is the problem

  • julius.hond - 2012-10-03 16:42

    why spend that 200 odd milion on zumas house if he might not be elected?

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-04 12:35

      Why spend it at all? i ask

  • mphovincent.phalane - 2012-10-03 16:43

    Yes motlanthe is a man to lead the country, comrade zuma is the leader of coruption and his new york city of nkandla not our country.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-10-04 12:36

      Monthlante will be the same if he becomes leader of ANC

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-10-03 16:45

    anyone but not tokyo

  • njabs.chonco - 2012-10-03 16:46

    each n everyday I realize more n more that Anc is not good 4 mi future n thats of mi kids n I feel more compelled 2 do something nx!

  • nkgonne.rabanye - 2012-10-03 16:47

    Thanks ANCYL ! Viva Kgalema viva and vivi Fi....

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-10-03 16:47

    Whaaw! That's wonderful, what knew does he have different than the current President?

      gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-03 16:55

      Only one thing- he is Malemas buddy (FOR NOW)........

  • dentamokhabz - 2012-10-03 16:50

    The wheel of change.

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-10-03 16:51

    God Bless South Africa......... That's all i'm going to say.

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-03 17:02

      No no, God have mercy on South Africa. That's all we can pray for.

      xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-10-04 14:54

      True Christelle. I agree.

  • ingi.raikes - 2012-10-03 16:51

    Soooooooooooooo? So what! The sooner the D.A. takes over the running of this Country, the better

      sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-03 17:25

      If you are prepared to wait for 80 years good luck.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-03 16:52

    Where are the bookies, I'm putting my last $ on Zuma

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-03 17:03

      I tend to agree with you Lerato. Cannot wait for the spectical. Popcorn, no fat.....

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-03 16:53

    There was an aura of authority and respect around presidents Mandela and Mbeki. Zuma and Motlanthe are a far cry from anything close to them.

  • boitumelo.molelekeng.9 - 2012-10-03 16:53

    White people hate blacks mara weitse, just look at their shocked

      jay.reede - 2012-10-03 17:01

      Vice versa

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-03 18:14

      pot calling the kettle black?

      schalk.jonker.1 - 2012-10-03 18:30

      for f@ck sake, it took you 18 years to figure that out. i knew it from the day i was born.....

      justice.mokotjo - 2012-10-03 18:57

      i am more shockd than you are broer,i wonder where south afrika is goin..

  • molaetsi.mothusi - 2012-10-03 16:53

    Siyaya e Mangaung...

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-10-03 16:54

    Mangaung o no Mangaung,come national elections__ANC out of office,its possible people.

  • Rhulani Coleman Mkhwanazi - 2012-10-03 16:55

    Why not FW de Clerk or Hellen?

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-04 06:16

      That would be great! And AWB and thhe boermag as the cabinet, wow!

  • phetololemekoana - 2012-10-03 16:59

    YES!!! leadership,let's GO!

  • jeremy002 - 2012-10-03 16:59

    Of course they did. He played his hand over the weekend. He is the ANCYL's man who will reinstate Julius Malema. Oviaaaas! Man, are we in deep trouble or what???

  • imoukangwe - 2012-10-03 17:03

    Zuma is costing us with his 2.3 billion rands Nkandla he built for his 10 wives and 100 children ...Mandela and Mbheki did do such crazy thing

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-03 17:03

    Ey this youth league

  • mashopane.nkhwashu.9 - 2012-10-03 17:04

    All the ANCYL nominees are current ANC leadership and all have failed the massess, so picking one from the current leadership is like picking another apple in the same basket. Change of a political party is what South Africa need, Vote DA and see if it cant surpass what the ANC has achieved.

      teboho.martin.3 - 2012-10-03 17:22

      Yep we go for matlhante this time ,I think his leadership is going to benefit the masses of ANC, and I think his gonna take economic freedom seriouly not to inherit himself from tax payer money like our current empty headed micky mousse president is doing this days !ripping off our country while he still can!

      nqobile.majola - 2012-10-03 17:31

      am scared to vote for DA,the race issue is still thr,white ppl stil think thy r beta thn us,so nt now,zille called us refugees in our own country

      john.matuludi.3 - 2012-10-03 18:05

      Actually you are a lion in a sheep skin

      kent.heerden - 2012-10-05 09:10

      "Vote DA and see if it cant surpass what the ANC has achieved." That should be fairly easy considering they haven't achieved anything for the last 17 years they've been in power.

  • nqobile.majola - 2012-10-03 17:04

    i wish thy can nominate thuli madonsela or nkosazane dlamini-zuma for president

      nkosanasithole - 2012-10-03 17:28

      I'm with you,Motlanthe will pliz everybody in the ANCYL.Presently SA needs leaders like Thuli and Dlamini Zuma.Believe me if Motlantle wins People like Godfrey Lamola will be millionnairs in 3 years time.There want to own mines,they think running a mining business is like eating pap.

      John - 2012-10-03 18:02

      She has not been found to be corrupt enough for leadership! Do you think the black sexist male dominated ANC would dare let an honest WOMAN lead the country? Something just might come RIGHT!! WE can't have that can WE!!!

      John - 2012-10-03 18:19

      She has not been found to be corrupt enough for leadership! Do you think the black sexist male dominated ANC would dare let an honest WOMAN lead the country? Something just might come RIGHT!! WE can't have that can WE!!!

      matlhaba.bushupeng - 2012-10-05 14:56

      i think you love this country.nqobile

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-10-03 17:05

    "acts of intimidation, the use of money, purging of leaders or government officials" ,nice suppose this generally reflects the government today,that this has to be told to delegates is slightly nauseating

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-10-03 17:05

    As Deputy President, he can't even address the criminals in our country, so what difference will it make?

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-03 17:08

    No one can be worse than Zuma. we can't have him for another term there is not enough money In the reserve bank. To support him and his herd of cows.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-03 17:12

    Motlante for president

  • pmalungana - 2012-10-03 17:14

    We shall see

      thando.mashinini.739 - 2012-10-03 17:25

      They all look pitiful when in desire of presidency, but give them the stand and ull see

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-03 17:17

    I think there are more leagues than taxpayers in this country.

      gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-03 17:26

      The country would be styling if the leagues paid tax.

  • roy.conradie - 2012-10-03 17:22

    What a shame,what a disgrase for our country,it seems that if you are not corrupt,you are not destined for good posts within the ruling Party,but just think of the damage Cele has done to his own reputation and then we have to be content with him standing to rule the ruling party (Ma u dom u dom)those branches who will like to nominate Cele should go and be evaluated wheather they are normal upstairs(minds)

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-03 17:32

    All ANC leaders are the same. They owe allegiance to the ANC, and not the people of this country. So whoever they nominate and elect won't make any difference.

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-03 17:35

    It was not given that the ANC will rule forever but I can see that the party is full of racists.Where is the balance of races on the lists the YL has given.I feel the pain today as I can see that the party is taking the wrong direction.

  • magatikele.magatikele - 2012-10-03 17:42

    I strongly believe that the other comrades will follow what the youth has done. Kgalema is good for now and there is a need for strong, educated leaders who are prepared to assist all the people of SA. We need leaders who are prepared to unite the country and who are prepared to share whatever that we have as a nation. Kgalema must accept the nomination.

  • ntando.dlamini - 2012-10-03 17:45

    i dnt care who say wat in our country whites and indians are dominating in everything the only way to defeat that is through mangaung so lets go to mangaung and fight for equalities

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-03 17:57

      Ntando ~ Oh so the Indians are dominating everything? Interesting that, didn't they also 'suffer' under apartheid? How come they managed to lift themselves up and blacks aren't capable?

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-03 18:07

      100% irene.

      schalk.jonker.1 - 2012-10-03 18:19

      irene, thats true. but you can see by this stupid comment why he cant work himself up, because his 2 stupid.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-03 18:22

      Maybe you should look at the reasons ntando and emulate them because clearly they have the recipe for success....try education for a start. Maybe you should also look why they are successful all over the world not just here and learn something .

      toofaan.monsoon - 2012-10-03 18:36

      Ntando, what would be so wrong if you followed their example ? Hard work against overwhelming odds resulted in Indian people's success (not just in South Africa). Yes, there are some pretty useless Indians too, but by and large, they get by. Your comment makes it clear that you need a hand-out to make it. Oddly enough, I'd consider a hand-out an insult. BTW. This is not a racist comment. Many, many black people feel the same way and to a man, they are all hard working people of integrity who would never dream of having some government just hand them something on a silver platter. Nobody ever appreciates what they do not work for.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-10-04 23:12

      Ntando do you want to tell me that in 18 years you couldn't do anything for yourself to better your life??? This is laughable and I feel sorry for you. You still feel dominated by a very small group of people who doesn't have the same opportunities because of AA/EE etc??? Lol in 5 years time you will still complain on this site because you will still believe the empty promises the ANC is making. You will still be struggling and the elected guys in government will become richer and richer with your money! Wise up and fight for yourself for a change.

  • mmangaliso - 2012-10-03 17:46

    now I know why Fikile Mbalula was so vocal

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-10-03 17:51

    I pick Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma, atleast she's got morals unlike the Shower-head and rest of the Pathetic gang in the ANC!!!

  • mmangaliso - 2012-10-03 17:56

    \Better to fight for\r\nsomething than live for\r\nnothing.\ ~George S. Patton well! I fight of nothing

  • sthembiso.jali.58 - 2012-10-03 17:59

    A very good choice except that capitalist tokyo. Hence one ask himself whether we don't have other races in anc ranks or they will just pop up out of nowhere to control that financial department ?

  • lehlohonolo.g.magwaza - 2012-10-03 18:03

    tjo,tjo,tjo,tjo Motla de space Malema is comin bek.das y he was so confident dat he wil rejoin ANC.The idiot Motlanthe said twas a bad move for Zuma to rid Malema out of ANC.Oh my,id rather vote another party than vote Malema back.Mxm,Motlanthe my left foot.