ANCYL Presidential Hopeful Gets A Boost From eThekwini Region

ANCYL Provincial Secretary, Thanduxolo Sabela (left), ANC Provincial Chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, (centre), and ANC regional chairperson, Zandile Gumede, (right). PICTURE: IOL

JOHANNESBURG: Sabelo’s bid for the ANC Youth League’s top job has received a major boost from the party’s biggest region.

The ANC’s biggest region, eThekwini, has thrown its weight behind KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo to succeed national league president Collen Maine.

eThekwini regional secretary Bheki Ntuli said Sabelo is a solid young leader capable of reviving a fading youth league.

“He remains the only leader that will champion relentlessly the implementation of radical economic transformation programme for the benefit of young people. He will ensure that young people use the political power in our hands to achieve economic emancipation for many of our people who remain trapped in abject poverty,” said Ntuli.

Sabelo will however not have it easy in the ANCYL upcoming national congress. The current ANCYL Treasurer-General, Reggie Nkabinde is also vying to occupy the top position. His campaign received a major boost last week when he addressed ANCYL members in the Eastern Cape’s biggest region, OR Tambo.

Nkabinde along with the ANCYL National Executive Members (NEC) and current National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) chairperson, Sifiso Mtsweni were warmly welcomed by regional leaders. Mtsweni is contesting to be the deputy president. 

Meanwhile, Sabelo’s running mate, ANCYL NEC member Ndumiso Mukako, who was punted as the ANCYL president is rumoured to have paved the way for Sabelo and he is currently campaigning to be the ANCYL Secretary-General. 

The league is set to hold its elective conference in September.