The ANC Youth League has confirmed that it will officially nominate Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to be the new President of the ruling party at its elective congress in Mangaung in December.
The ANCYL will have 45 delegates at the congress. It says it will lobby other structures and provinces to support Motlanthe to be elected as the new leader of the party. It believes that Motlanthe embodies all the values that the ANC stands for. The League’s deputy president, Ronald Lamola says, “The true values of OR Tambo, Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela and many other leaders of the ANC, need to be restored. Public confidence needs to be brought back to the ANC. We believe that Kgalema has those values and the character of an ANC cadre that is selfless, that sticks to principle and that calls anybody to order.” KwaZulu-Natal is seen as President Jacob Zuma’s stronghold while the Eastern Cape is regarded as a hope for those agitating for a change of leadership in the ANC. Meanwhile, questions are being asked about how KwaZulu-Natal has gained about 90 000 new members between January and September this year, while the Eastern Cape has lost almost 40 000 members in the same period. KZN is seen as President Jacob Zuma’s stronghold while the Eastern Cape is regarded as a hope for those agitating for a change of leadership in the ANC. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says, “There’s a great effort to build the organization in KZN. It is actually a big province which has always been under represented in the ANC. The decline in the Eastern Cape, I really can’t explain it except that it indicates serious underlying organizational problems that we must attend to.” Exactly 4 500 delegates will attend the ANC congress, but the party is still working on a formula to be used to allocate the number of delegates that will represent each province.