CAPE TOWN: The African National Congress (ANC) Youth League (YL) is set to hold its elective conference in September this year.
The ANCYL, which has been perceived as losing touch with young people in the country, will elect a new leader to take over from Collen Maine. However, ANCYL deputy secretary in Western Cape’s biggest region, Dullar Omar, thinks the current ANCLY, under Maine have made some progress since taking office but have failed to claim its victories, citing poor communications.
Fezekisa Makeleni, who is the deputy secretary of Dullar Omar region believes that the current ANCYL, under Maine has made strides on many fronts.
“If you look at the resolutions of the ANC 54th Conference, some were successfully lobbied by the current ANCYL but has not been able to claim these victories because of poor communications from their side,” said Makeleni.
She hope the upcoming elective conference will improve the ANCYL in acknowledging its progress and elects a leader that is young, who will attract more young people.
“ANCYL needs a young leader who can attract more young people into the party,” Makeleni said. She discourages those who are nearing their exit stages of their youth, not to contest.
“If the term of the position you are contesting ends after you turn 35, then you should not be eligible to contest. The ANCYL constitution should be amended to stop leaders who are nearing the age limit from contesting any of the top five position,” she added.
ANCYL Treasurer General, Reggie Nkabinde is one of the three leading contenders vying for the top position in the ANCYL. Also in the running is ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo and ANCYL National Executive Committee member, Ndumiso Mukako.
Sabelo was instrumental in the unsuccessful campaign to elect Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as ANC president, is believed to be Maine’s preferred choice to take over the top position.
Mokako, who is favoured by the student body, South African Student Congress Organisation (Sasco) enjoys huge support in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and Limpopo. He is also linked to ANC deputy president David Mabuza.
Nkabinde is a close ally of Minister of Communications and NEC member, Nomvula Mokonyane is believed to be backed by ANC Treasurer General, Paul Mashatile. His bid to become Maine’s successor has been linked with the camp that backed Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency.
The final date for the elective conference for the national leadership is expected to be decided soon.