The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Free State has nominated North West’s Collen Maine as their new president.
Provincial secretary Dikeledi Direko said Maine, together with other leadership candidates, were nominated unopposed on Wednesday at a provincial general council meeting that took place in Bloemfontein. The league is scheduled to hold its national elective congress in Midrand, Johannesburg, from Friday to Sunday.
Direko said 205 ANCYL delegates, together with 35 Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) members, are on their way to the conference and will be registering today. She said it was time to reinvent the youth league and come up with fresh ideas.
“Comrade Maine is new and doesn’t have any cloud hanging over his head. He is the chairperson of the ANCYL in North West and we have seen him transforming the youth league in that area. We strongly believe that he is the right candidate to assist us. This conference will be one of the most important conferences in the history of the ANC,” she said.
Direko explained that the ANCYL had to remain without national leadership for two years after the disbandment of the league’s National Executive Committee (NEC) members. The provinces that have held their provincial general council meetings include North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and Mpumalanga and all endorsed Maine, who also is North West MEC for local government and human settlements.
Direko said their top five nomination candidates are Desmond Moela for deputy president, Njabulo Nzuza for secretary general, Thandi Moraka for deputy secretary general, and Teko Mathe for treasurer. She said the province nominated Mojalefa Buti, Nthateng Maoke and Victoria de Beers to be part of the league’s NEC members.