MIXED REACTIONS AS THE ANC YOUTH LEAGUE ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP
By: Nkosinathi Dube
Collen Maine became the first president of the African National congress Youth League in Gauteng last weekend after it was disbanded in 2013.
The ruling party’s youth wing elected Collen Maine as its new president.
Maine won the election beating Pule Mabe and Ronald “Ozzy” Lamola.
Sthembiso Magubane, a delegate at the conference and youth affairs chairman at the
KwaDukuza Municipality, said that the conference went smoothly and delegates behaved themselves except for a couple of instances of unruly behaviour which saw other delegates
wanting a vote recount.
“We as the KwaZuIu-Natal delegation accept the new leadership and we now look forward to the provincial conference,” said Magubane.
Although the ANCYL is happy to finally have leadership, some members do not share the same sentiments.
Charles Dladla, an active youth league member and ANC volunteer from uMlazi said that the party bosses seem to be once again running the youth league and what has happened at this
conference is proof of that.
“It’s obvious the results were influenced as it was clear that comrade Lamola will win, but as the youth league we will serve the new leadership,” added Dladla.
The election for the presidency of the youth league was closely contested as Maine only managed to beat Lamola by a mere two votes.
After the new president was announced, ANC President Jacob Zuma also spoke to the members in attendance and warned them against factions within the ruling party.
Desmond Moale will be deputy president while Njabulo Nzuza will serve as the secretary.