New leaders for Bay ANCYL before congress

Zandile Mbabela

WITH almost two weeks to go before the ANC Youth League elects a new leadership in Nelson Mandela Bay, the caretaker task team yesterday chose Sandiso Makwethu and Mthetheleli Piet as chairman and deputy chairman respectively.

The pair lead a regional task team that was put in charge of the league by the provincial executive committee after it disbanded the previous leadership in November.

Speaking at the ANC regional office, Florence Matomela House, yesterday, the group said it believed Makwethu and Piet would bring stability to a league plagued by infighting.

Leading up to the elective conference on June 14 and 15, the group has undertaken to stabilise the league, which has been polarised since the expulsion of regional chairman Wandisile Jikeka, his deputy Xolani Mgxotheni, regional secretary Sicelo Mleve and treasurer Sam Mdlulani for creating bogus branches.

Makwethu said the youth league was on a drive to rebuild its structures, which he said had been “non- existent”, from scratch and stabilise itself as it had been in disarray since the expulsion of the four officials in March.

Makwethu said the conference – which ends on the eve of the Youth Day celebrations at the Bay’s Wolfson Stadium – would give the region’s “economic freedom fighters” a space to “evaluate and mandate the leadership that will be elected”.

“We are convinced that the Nelson Mandela region is united more than ever. The branches are united behind the leadership of the regional task team and they are already calling for consensus on the leadership question during the congress,” he said.

“We are holding this congress a month after the ANC regional congress was held … against the outcry of ANC branches that were denied the opportunity to take part in it.

“No branch will be denied the opportunity to take part.”

Stressing their support for the mother body’s “due processes” with regard to youth leader Julius Malema’s suspension, they said they had accepted the outcomes of the recent ANC regional congress.

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