ANCYL comeback kids jostle for control
There has been a serious bid by sidelined ANC Youth League leaders to head the organisation again. Ronald Lamola is tipped to be the next president of the youth league, which arguably had been in trouble since 2008 and was only held together by Julius Malema's charisma. Former ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola has emerged as the frontrunner for the league's presidency, as a campaign gains momentum to ensure some of the disbanded national executive committee (NEC) members make a comeback.
Lamola recently wrote to ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, accusing the NTT of "liquidating" the league by disbanding 90% of its structures and of "distorting history for political expediency". Eastern Cape youth league leader Mziwonke Ndabeni confirmed knowledge of Lamola's plans for a comeback and welcomed the move.
He said Lamola, who is a practising lawyer, was effective as acting president. NTT spokesperson Bandile Masuku disagreed.
His latest bid to head the league comes as the battle for control is heating up. Some former leaders who are still under 35 years of age have shown a rekindled interest in the league.
The NTT is said to be already divided over what to do about the disbanded ANC structures, but Masuku sought to dilute that allegation.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Mail & GuardianSimilar Stories