Talks to re­place youth league’s Maine

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THE ANC Youth League is in talks over who should suc­ceed Collen Maine in a bid to avoid a bruis­ing con­test.

KwaZulu-Natal, one of its big­gest prov­inces, has ini­ti­ated the ne­go­ti­a­tions to push for its sec­re­tary, Than­dux­olo Sabelo, to be elected pres­i­dent un­op­posed.

The league’s elec­tive con­fer­ence will take place be­tween Septem­ber 6 and 11 at Jo­han­nes­burg’s Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre, the same venue where Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as the mother body leader in De­cem­ber.

Thulisa Ndlela, the youth league’s eThek­wini re­gional spokesper­son, said al­though the prov­ince ini­ti­ated engagements, it was un­com­pro­mis­ing in hav­ing Sabelo elected to lead.

“We are try­ing to have an un­con­tested congress as the youth league is try­ing to unite,” he said.

Ndlela said to se­cure the presidency for Sabelo, the prov­ince would al­low other prov­inces to sub­mit their pre­ferred names for the other four po­si­tions in the top five.

“We are en­gag­ing with other prov­inces say­ing, ‘Com­rades, let us not con­test each other, and in­stead we should reach con­sen­sus on other top po­si­tions’. This will help to build the youth league, which has sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges,” said Ndlela.

The league’s trea­surer-gen­eral Reg­gie Nk­abinde and the youth wing’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Ndu­miso Mokako had been ear­marked to con­test Sabelo for the presidency. Late last year, Sabelo was en­dorsed by out­go­ing pres­i­dent Maine as his pre­ferred re­place­ment.

Ndlela said KwaZulu-Natal was try­ing to avoid a sit­u­a­tion where there were too many can­di­dates, as was the case in the run-up to the mother body’s con­fer­ence.

“We are say­ing, ‘Com­rades, let us agree that this guy is a bet­ter per­son to lead us.’ Now we have to also agree who should be sec­re­tary-gen­eral, who should be deputy, who should be trea­surer. That is what we are try­ing to get to right now, which is why we have not nom­i­nated can­di­dates for the whole top five,” he said.

Mokako, whose nom­i­na­tion mostly came from var­i­ous re­gions of his Mpumalanga prov­ince, said the engagements were aimed at build­ing a stronger and united ANCYL.

“We are per­suad­ing each other for the best lead­er­ship of the youth league. The task of lead­ing the ANCYL can­not be left with mem­bers alone. We need to de­ter­mine the chal­lenges the or­gan­i­sa­tion is fac­ing,” he said.

He de­scribed Sabelo and Nk­abinde as his com­rades and broth­ers and also in­di­cated he was in­ter­ested in be­com­ing the pres­i­dent.

“When the time to nom­i­nate comes, I will go to my branch and in­di­cate whether I am avail­able or not, de­pend­ing on the out­come of the engagements,” Mokako said.

Sabelo said he would make him­self avail­able for the presidency, but whether or not he takes the po­si­tion would de­pend on the out­come of engagements.

“If the mem­bers of the youth league be­lieve there is some­one else ca­pa­ble of lead­ing I would def­i­nitely step aside,” he said.

ANCYL spokesper­son Mlondi Mkhize said it was ad­vis­able for can­di­dates to en­gage over po­si­tions as this would re­sult in “min­i­mal hos­til­ity” at the na­tional congress.

“When lead­ers leave it to branches to de­cide, every­one digs in their heels, and it even be­comes dif­fi­cult to place peo­ple who have re­quired ex­per­tise in the of­fice,” he said.

The con­sen­sus would as­sist the con­fer­ence to spend more time on pol­icy mat­ters rather than vot­ing for lead­ers.

THAN­DUX­OLO SABELO

COLLEN MAINE

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