ANCYL presidential race gains steam

FILE PICTURE: ANC national executive committee member Pule Mabe. Picture: Michel Bega

The build-up to the elective conference of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) is gaining momentum as several candidates are standing as presidential hopefuls.

The much-awaited elective gathering to elect new leadership is expected to take place next month.

Former league treasurer-general Pule Mabe is believed to be commanding more support for the presidential position, with his candidacy endorsed by the ANCYL in Gauteng.

Contacted for comment Mabe said: “I will come back to you later.”

Other potential contenders for the position include former ANCYL’s deputy president Ronald Lamola and coordinator of its national task team, Magasela Mzobe.

Lamola on Thursday said it was up to the branches to decide whether they wanted him to become the next president.

“I am engaging with the membership and the society. This is a congress of the branches and it is not for us to decide,” he added.

Other former members of the league’s national executive committee who are eyeing the top seat include deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mduduzi Manana, and Lubalalo Molefe. Deputy executive chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency, Kenny Morolong, is also touted as a potential candidate.

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