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ANCYL: Move to remove Maine driven by ANC December conference

The ANCYL’s Njabulo Nzuza says those who want Maine to resign because he is over 35 have hidden agendas.

ANCYL president Collen Maine at media brief on Tuesday 13 June at Luthuli House. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress Youth League (ANC) says imminent court action challenging the eligibility of the league’s President Collen Maine is about the party’s elective conference in December.

Two former ANCYL members have threatened court action if the ANC does not act on Maine and other leaders of the youth structure who they claim are above the age limit for the league’s membership.

The ANCYL Constitution states that membership lapses when a person turns 35.

The ANCYL’s Njabulo Nzuza says those who want Maine to resign because he is over 35 have hidden agendas.

“This has everything to do with the national conference of the African National Congress which is coming up.”

He says all the complainants want is to poke holes at the credibility of the league.

“These are just dirty tactics that are being used to make sure that full participation of the Youth League is not seen in that particular conference.”

ANCYL TO DEFEND MAINE

The ANCYL says it will defend Maine against those who want him to resign merely because he is older than the required age to be a member of the Youth League.

Those threatening to take the structure to court argue that Maine is not the only one in the ANCYL national executive committee, who has exceeded the age limit.

But Nzunza says they will defend Maine.

“Comrade Maine will deliver the political report come September 2018 or at the next conference of the organisation.”

While the league says Maine is older than 35, it says he can still continue to lead the organisation because other former leaders also did the same.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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