Race to re­place Mbalula: the can­di­dates

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Ju­lias Malema

Limpopo youth league sec­re­tary Ju­lias Malema (27) be­came in­volved in pol­i­tics at the age of 10— through the ANC’s Young Pi­o­neer Move­ment (Mashu­pat­sela) in the early 1990s.

He joined the ANCYL at the age of 14 and was el­e­vated to the lead­er­ship po­si­tion in 1995 as the league’s branch chair­per­son in Seshego, near Polok­wane. In the same year he was elected the re­gional chair­man of the Capricorn re­gion in Polok­wane.

In 1997 he be­came the pro­vin­cial chair­per­son of the Congress of South African Stu­dents (Cosas). Be­fore he was elected pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary of the ANCYL in 2004, he served as pres­i­dent of Cosas na­tion­ally. A key sup­porter of ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, Malema played a ma­jor role in get­ting Zuma to the helm of the ANC. —

Nkosi­fik­ile Gqomo

Nkosi­fik­ile Gqomo (33) was ANC Youth League pro­vin­cial spokesper­son in the East­ern Cape un­til the league in the prov­ince was dis­banded in 2006.

He was one of the league mem­bers in the prov­ince who en­dorsed calls for Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki to stand as ANC pres­i­dent for a third term, which the ANCYL na­tion­ally op­posed.

Gqomo has served as a mem­ber of the ANC’s pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in the East­ern Cape since 2004.

Born in Mhlontlo, in Qumbu, he got in­volved in pol­i­tics while in high school as a mem­ber of Cosas in the for­mer Transkei. He joined the ANCYL be­fore the 1994 elec­tions. —

Songezo Mjongile

Songezo Mjongile, a busi­ness­man and a mem­ber of the league’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, is one of the favourites to re­place Fik­ile Mbalula.

Mjongile is a di­rec­tor of com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing the youth league’s in­vest­ment arm, Lem­bede In­vest­ment Hold­ings.

In 2006 Mjongile was charged with tax fraud for fail­ing to sub­mit cor­rect tax re­turns be­tween 2001 and 2005. He was al­leged to have un­law­fully and with in­tent tried to de­fraud the tax­man by pre­tend­ing that he re­ceived no in­come dur­ing that tax pe­riod.

South African Rev­enue Ser­vice (Sars) in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that more than R4,8-mil­lion was de­posited into Mjongile’s ac­count dur­ing the pe­riod, in­clud­ing a sin­gle de­posit of R2,1-mil­lion in 2004.

He was con­nected to the late min­ing mag­nate, Brett Keb­ble. It was al­leged that Keb­ble made the de­posit into Mjongile’s ac­count. Mjongile was al­lowed by Sars to settle the mat­ter out of court.

The pres­i­dent of the league has to be younger than 35. Mjongile turns 34 this year.—

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