DA Youth candidate claims conference ‘compromised’

The infighting in the run-up to the DA Youth conference in just more than 10 days’ time has claimed its first victim.

Werner Teubes, who was a candidate for the federal youth media and publicity chairperson, last night sent out an email saying that he would be withdrawing “due to the lack of transparency pertaining to the delegate lists and deadlines not being met by the congress convenor”.

He went on to say: “I’m of the opinion that this congress is now compromised and wish not to subject myself to this.”

Teubes was part of a group opposing current youth chairperson Mbali Ntuli’s bid to be elected youth leader at the conference, due to be held on May 4 in Newtown, Joburg.

Teubes confirmed that he had withdrawn but didn’t want to comment.

A source close to his campaign said there was unhappiness that the list of the 150 delegates with their contact numbers was not made available to the candidates on time so that they could start lobbying for votes.

Rumours that more of his supporters were planning to withdraw were denied by sources close to the camp.

There is also unhappiness in the camp about the disqualification of Johannesburg councillor Toni Molefe, who was planning to contest Ntuli, a councillor in eThekwini.

A circular was sent out to say that any delegate who would be turning 31 before the end of their three-year term was not eligible to stand.

Molefe is 29 which means he’s not eligible for nomination.

A member of Molefe’s camp, however, said they were lobbying for a resolution to change the cut-off age to 35 in line with the general definition of youth under the Constitution.

Conference convenor Barnie Krüger admitted that the lists were not circulated on time, but said the vetting took some time.

“The (DA Youth) constitution says members are only allowed up to the age of 31, so we had to check that they are all of age, valid members and that they have been elected validly,” he said.

Krüger said the list should have been distributed to all concerned by now.

The conference was supposed to have been held in November last year on the same weekend as the DA conference, but was postponed because structures were not ready.

Nominees

DA Youth leader:

» Mfundo Ngcobondwane

» Mbali Ntuli

Federal Youth chairperson:

» Reagan Allen

» Yusuf Cassim (supportive of Ntuli)

» Bhekinkosi Rolisizu

Federal Youth Media and Publicity chairperson:

» Thorne Godinho (supportive of Ntuli)

» Steven Kahn

» Werner Teubes

Federal Youth Training and Development chairperson

» Anthony Matumba

» Deidre Baartman

» Tertius Simmers

» This article was edited after it was pointed out to City Press that Cassim, Godinho and Ntuli are not formal running mates.

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