Nkabinde, Mtsweni’s Bid To Lead ANCYL Gets A Boost From Western Cape

ANC Youth League presidential hopeful Reggie Nkabinde. PICTURE: ANCYL Facebook

JOHANNESBURG: The ANCYL in the Western Cape has become the first province to endorse the party’s treasurer-general, Reginald ‘Reggie’ Nkabinde for the league’s president. 

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape held its Extended Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting on Friday morning, where it resolved to support Nkabinde to replace the embattled league president Collen Maine.

In a statement issued by the party, the league said it has “…unanimously resolved on supporting Reggie Nkabinde and Sifiso Tso Mtsweni as the President and Deputy President of the Youth League respectively.”

Nkabinde is contesting to replace Maine in the upcoming ANCYL elective congress to be held in Nasrec, Johannesburg later this month. While Mtsweni is vying to become the party’s deputy president. 

Nkabinde will face KwaZulu-Natal party’s provincial secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo, who was implicated in the plot to oust President Cyril Ramaphosa by former ANC president Jacob Zuma and the current secretary-general, Ace Magashule. Sabelo has since denied any involvement in the meeting which took place in a Durban hotel. 

Western Cape has become the first province to formally pronounce their preferred candidates in the lead up to the national congress. 

ANCYL NEC member, Sifiso Mtsweni addressing crowd during the league's birthday celebration at Zolani Centre, Nyanga. PICTURE: Mail Images

The party also said it believes that the “collective that should be led by Tso and Reggie presents itself as a dynamic leadership which possesses the required skills which ranges from sound knowledge in entrepreneurship, innovativeness and political clarity.”

It further states that the resolution taken in the PEC meeting presents them with an opportunity to further lobby branches of the ANCYL in the province towards the PGC.

“This is the resolution of the PEC and we will lobby branches to support this position as we move towards the PGC,” the party said. 

“The Youth League in the Western Cape remains united and ready for the Congress and political work beyond the Congress,” the statement said. 

Meanwhile, the league had robust discussions prior to reaching the decision to support Nkabinde and Mtsweni. It further emerged that the meeting received a political overview from the party’s provincial chairperson.

“The meeting received a political overview from the Provincial Chairperson Muhammad Khalid Sayed which was followed by robust engagements,” reads the statement. 

The ANCYL will hold its national congress on 17 to 21 October.