Early ANC KZN con­fer­ence call

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THE ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal is push­ing for an early pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence “to avoid speak­ing in dif­fer­ent lan­guages” at the ANC’s pol­icy con­fer­ence in June.

The youth league wants to have its elec­tive pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence as early as next month, in­stead of June.

The two-year term of the ANCYL in KZN was sup­posed to end in June, but seven re­gions have writ­ten to their pro­vin­cial lead­ers ask­ing for the early pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence be­cause 2017 was a busy year, with the na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence in June and the na­tional con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

ANCYL KZN spokesper­son Mandla Shange said the three­day pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence would be­gin on Fe­bru­ary 24.

The ANC eThek­wini re­gion is among the re­gions that had ap­proached the prov­ince.

ANCYL eThek­wini re­gional spokesper­son Thulisa Ndlela said hold­ing the con­fer­ence next month would al­low those who will not be elected “time to heal”, so that the prov­ince will be re­united ahead of the ANC con­fer­ences.

“We can­not stand to have con­gresses that are go­ing to di­vide us be­cause con­gresses are di­vi­sive by na­ture, as there is some­one to be elected and some­one to be de­feated.

“There­fore, we took a de­ci­sion to bring the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence for­ward so that peo­ple can find enough time to heal and work to­gether ahead of the na­tional congress.

Ndlela said the ANCYL in Mpumalanga had held its congress last year, and it was now fo­cused on pre­par­ing for the na­tional con­fer­ences.

It is believed that most of the league’s re­gions in the prov­ince were lob­by­ing for pro­vin­cial deputy chair­per­son Kwazi Mshengu to suc­ceed cur­rent chair­per­son Thami Ngubane, and re­tain Than­dux­olo Sa­belo as the pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary. Other po­si­tions would be de­ter­mined by the branches at the pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence, Ndlela said.

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