This comes as the jostling for positions at the ANCYL’s much-awaited conference gains momentum. However, its former national coordinator, Magasela Mzobe, former president Ronald Lamola and National Youth Development Agency deputy chairperson Kenny Morolong are still regarded as the front-runners in the ANCYL presidential race.
Those lobbying for Mabe are banking several regions in the province. Supporter, Waterburg regional chairperson, Sammy Makhubela, described Mabe as a tried and tested leader.
“Mabe is the best person to lead the youth league given his political record,” Makhubela said. “The generation that led the youth league with Mabe was suspended but he succeeded. He is also the member of the ANC national executive committee.”
Another Mabe supporter, ANCYL Peter Mokaba and regional chairperson Castro Modiba said the area would hold its meeting tomorrow to nominate its preferred candidate to lead the ANCYL.
However, youth league provincial secretary Che Selane said the province had yet to endorse its preferred candidate. “We never met to discuss who should lead the youth league,” Selane said. “We hear on the corridors that there is the name of Mabe, Mzobe and Lamola.”
Makhubela hit back at Selane, saying he did not recognise the provincial leadership. Ekurhuleni and Tshwane regions have allegedly been told by ANC national leaders not to nominate Mabe.