A national congress was held on Friday in Johannesburg where the African National Congress Youth League’s leadership was elected without any opposition.
The youth wing of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, has a leader for the first time in two years without one since the expulsion of Julius Malema. Malema, who had served the party for 4 years, was charged with hate speech following the singing of “Dubula iBhunu” which means shoot the Boer when translated into English. Malema is now the proud leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a political opposition party.
Collen Maine of the Government and Human settlement, who warned the African National Congress that it stands a chance to lose elections in the future if it fails to implement its policy position, was elected as the league’s president. He hails from the province of the North West, where he was the chairman of the party there.
On the other hand, Desmond Moela, who has been the league chairman in the northern province of Mpumalanga, was elected as the deputy president. Moela was also part of the league’s executive that was elected in an abortive elective conference that was held at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus, where he had apparently garnered the same position.
Elected to the same executive is Njabulo Mzimela, who holds the Secretary General’s position and describes himself as an IT customer engineer on his Linkedin profile. Thandi Moraka from Limpopo was elected as the deputy secretary general of the Youth League. She appears to be the only woman to hold a top executive post in the latest elections of the important arm of the ruling party in South Africa. A Gauteng businessman, Reggie Nkabinde, was elected to hold the purse strings of the Youth League.