ANCYL talks suc­ces­sion, backs fe­male can­di­dates

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The ANC Youth League has opened the de­bate on the ANC’s elec­tive congress next year by say­ing it will, in prin­ci­ple, sup­port a fe­male pres­i­dent.

The ANC needed a lead­er­ship change, ANCYL leader Collen Maine told re­porters in Jo­han­nes­burg on Thurs­day.

Whether the can­di­date was Nkosazana DlaminiZuma, or ANC Women’s League pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini, the youth league would vote for change.

“We sup­port the call for a woman pres­i­dent, in prin­ci­ple. That call we sup­port, but Dlamini-Zuma is not the only fe­male in the ANC. Dlamini can be a pres­i­dent. We agree there must be a change,” he said.

The ANCYL called for an over­haul of the party’s lead­er­ship. It said its mother body needed to al­low for two full-time deputy sec­re­tary gen­er­als in the cur­rent “top six”.

Maine said there was a need for younger voices in the ANC na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC). He said 66 per­cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion was made up of young peo­ple. Cur­rently, with only two NEC mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing the youth, they did not have a strong enough voice in the ANC’s lead­er­ship.

“We are con­vinced the ANC in its cur­rent form will not be able to de­feat its chal­lenge. We must help the ANC. South Africa is a young coun­try that must find ex­pres­sion in the ANC lead­er­ship.” — Sapa

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