The Citizen has reliably learnt that Gauteng ANC Youth League (ANCYL) members are rallying together to “reject” the ANC national executive committee (NEC) decision to replace the elective congress with a consultative congress.
Several Gauteng delegates told The Citizen that they want nothing else but to elect new leadership for the Youth League.
The disenchanted group have vowed to teach ANC secretary-general Gwede Matashe a lesson at the ANC’s elective conference in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal in 2017.
The Youth League consultative congress which will discuss policy matters is scheduled to take place at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus.
Meanwhile, the consultative congress is in total lock down mode, with stringent security measures in place to prevent mayhem by disgruntled members, as tensions over the ANC’s NEC decision to cancel the elective congress are expected to escalate.
This after the ANC’s NEC on Monday night surprised many when it announced that the elective congress has been replaced by the consultative congress.
About 3000 delegates have started arriving in drips and drabs at the university.
The elaborate security measures come in the face of defiance by some ANCLY leaders against the decision by the NEC led by President Jacob Zuma. Some Youth League leaders have vowed the that the election congress will go ahead – a move clearly indicating that the Youth League is defying its mother body, the ANC.
The security and police presence is palpable throughout the venue, with no one being allowed to enter the premises without an accreditation tag. This applies to everyone, including people who have to access the premises for reasons other than the conference.
Zuma is expected to deliver a keynote address at the congress at 3pm. The congress is yet to start.
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