“We will not allow any member to come here drunk and naked,” said Sports Minister Mbalula. “We expect our members as they contest that they should be disciplined.
“But should anyone act outside the boundaries of the discipline of the ANC and its congress, we will take steps.” The league’s elective congress to elect new leaders is due to start in Midrand, Johannesburg. Delegates have started arriving, and there is a heavy police presence outside the venue.
Mbalula said disgruntled league members from the North West who tried to stop the congress from taking place will face the wrath of the organisation. “They have brought the ANC and particularly the ANCYL into disrepute.”
Last night Judge Moses Mavundla ruled that the application by North West ANCYL members Thabo Molamu, Mbuyisela Booi, Gontse Marupeng and Papa Jood was not urgent.
The group alleged there had been non-compliance with the ANCYL’s constitution and the delegates set to attend were not a true reflection of the league in North West.
They alleged there had been irregular auditing of branches and that certain members were denied the opportunity to attend the congress in order to influence the outcome. They also complained about “gatekeeping” and signature campaigning.
Delegates to the elective congress will choose between North West MEC for local government and human settlements Collen Maine, ANC national executive committee member and former ANCYL treasurer-general Pule Mabe, former league deputy president Ronald Lamola and ANCYL Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela.
Maine is the strongest front runner, with several provinces having voiced support for him. Mabe and Lamola were in the disbanded league’s national executive committee led by Julius Malema, and those familiar with the dynamics of the league say this may work against them.
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will open the congress. About 3 000 delegates are expected to attend the congress. The congress has cost an estimated R15 million.
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