JOHANNESBURG: Former ANCYL deputy president and ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola’s biggest gift request as he turns 35, is to have a ‘successful congress’.
Lamola served under former ANCYL president and now EFF leader, Julius Malema before the league was disbanded. In 2015, the NEC member lost to current ANCYL president Collen Maine at Gallagher Estate, Midrand.
The ANCYL will hold its elective congress in October in what appears to be the fiercely contested conference.
In a Facebook post, Lamola wrote: “The youth must rise and [carry] the stone back to the hill. We did our part, we will help if and when necessary.
“This year I turn 35, on the 21 November, the biggest gift the young lions can give me is a successful congress of the YL of Anton Lembede, Mxolisi Majombosi, and others,” he said.
The race to the top job is believed to be between the current Treasurer-General, Reginald ‘Reggie’ Nkabinde, and ANCYL KZN provincial secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo. Sabelo who has been implicated in a plot to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa. He has since denied it.
Meanwhile, Lamola has since called for those contesting to “Reawaken the sleeping young lions, to hunt and bite like young lions, not timid young lions that cannot even capture a vulnerable, sick or wounded Impala is a responsibility of the young lions themselves.”
“The parents of the young lions can only teach, guide and let loose of the young lion to learn in actual practice what hunting and catching prey is, the parents can only do it to a certain [extent] but the young lions have to take over the reigns and do it themselves. Let the sleeping young lions be reawakened.”
Puppets and bishops
Nkabinde who took a swipe at Sabelo over the weekend after it emerged that the presidential hopeful works in darkness to oust Ramaphosa.
The music mogul said: he was “not a puppet” who needed the backing of top party leaders to get elected.
“Others have defined themselves as puppies, and for me, I am not going to sit with former president Jacob Zuma and President Cyril Ramaphosa and claim to be supporting either of them. In fact, I am going to force them and pull them together going into elections,” he said.
Nkabinde was reacting to a social media storm that saw him attacked by his rival and his supporters after he had posted a Facebook message ridiculing Sabelo.
In the post, Nkabinde accused Sabelo of purporting to support Ramaphosa during the day while at night he supports Zuma’s faction.
This comes after the Sunday Times reported that Zuma held a meeting with ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, ousted North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, ANC Women’s League secretary-general Meokgo Matuba and Sabelo in Durban on Thursday.
The meeting was said to be about a strategy to “challenge the outcome of last year’s ANC national conference” which saw Ramaphosa elected ANC president, beating his rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who Sabelo had supported heading to the Nasrec conference.
The ANCYL will elect new leadership from October 18-21.