Collen Maine Failed As ANCYL President – Sabelo

FAILED: ANC Youth League president Collin Maine during a press briefing on the way forward from the decline in the voting and support for ANC during the recent municipal elections. PICTURE: Tsheko Kabasia

DURBAN: Sabelo was speaking on a KwaZulu-Natal based radio station, Ukhozi FM, during the Abasiki Bebunda’s show on Wednesday afternoon. 

KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL provincial secretary, Thanduxolo Sabelo has finally admitted that the outgoing youth league president, Collen Maine ‘failed’ as a president. Sabelo was being interviewed by Ukhozi FM presenter on Wednesday evening.  

He is one of the contenders for the ANCYL president position in the upcoming national congress that will take place later this year.

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When asked by the presenter if the youth league leader has done well as president, Sabelo said Maine has not performed well as the president of the youth league since taking over in 2015. 

Maine was elected as the ANCYL president in Gallagher Estate, Midrand. Since taking over, the league under his watch has been failing to address issues that affect young people. Maine has been accused by many of being the main reasons young people are not attractive to the youth league. 

Sabelo, who has the support of Maine to succeed him appears to have lost confidence in his backer. But Sabelo is facing a tough test ahead of the congress having been alleged to be involved in a plot against President Cyril Ramaphosa

He has since denied that he was part of the meeting that took place in Durban hotel. The Sunday Times reported in September that the leader of the league in KZN was involved in an alleged meeting with former president Jacob Zuma and his supporters to plot the ousting of the current ANC leadership


“I want to state that I was never part of a meeting as detailed in the article,” Sabelo said at the time. Speaking to Ukhozi FM, he said he would not be part of the plot to oust Ramaphosa. Sabelo further explained that even though he never supported Ramaphosa towards ANC elective conference in Nasrec,  Johannesburg but he now supports the president.

“I am not part of a plot and will not be part of a plot to oust the sitting leadership of the African National Congress. I enjoy a good working relationship with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of the ANC and the republic, and would not be part of a plot to oust him,” He added. 

Sabelo will face ANCYL’s treasurer-general, Reginald ‘Reggie’ Nkabinde between 17 – 21 December at the national congress.