The deal, code-named the “G3 project”, will see the three provinces holding meetings in the coming weeks in a bid to avoid a bitter jostling for positions at the conference, which is expected to take place in September in Midrand.
But the three provinces are on opposite sides, with the Eastern Cape and Western Cape regions believed to be firmly behind former Youth League national convener Magasela Mzobe or former Youth League president Ronald Lamola, while Gauteng wants former ANCYL treasurer-general and now ANC MP Pule Mabe to lead the Youth League.
Along with North West MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements Collen Maine and former North West ANC spokesperson Kenny Morolong, Mzobe, Lamola and Mabe might be elected the next president of the Youth League.
A top Gauteng Youth League leader, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Citizen earlier this week that the three provinces were demanding all the contenders for the League’s presidential position to work together “for the sake of unity within the ANCYL”.
“We want comrades to strike a deal,” said the leader.
The Youth League leader insisted that if the provinces failed to strike a deal the “Plan B” was to have a compromised presidential candidate, should Mabe not stand for election.
Recently the EFF had said the Youth League was dead and ANCYL Gauteng chairperson Matome Chiloane admitted that organisationally the ANCYL was “weak”.
“We don’t have a centralised national structure,” Chiloane said.
“The EFF has captured a certain space that the Youth League was supposed to capture for a certain section in society.”
He claimed that the Youth League’s membership had increased to a little over 60 000 after now EFF leader Julius Malema departed under pressure from the ruling party.
The conference has been estimated to cost approximately R20 million to stage.