Motlanthe for president - ANCYL

The ANCYL is confident Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will lead the ruling party.

Deputy President of the ANC Youth League Ronald Lamola at Nelson Mandela lecture in Johannesburg on 21 July, 2012. Picture: Jacob Moshokoa/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Saturday said it will continue to support Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe ahead of the party's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

This emerged at a lecture in honour of former President Nelson Mandela in Hillbrow where the youth league's Deputy President Ronald Lamola addressed guests.

Lamola said Motlanthe will be elected as the ruling party's next leader at the 53rd elective conference in Mangaung.

The deputy ANCYL leader also called on members to continue to fight for economic freedom with the same determination Madiba applied for the abolishment of apartheid.

The youth league was also urged to lead the ANC with dignity because young people bring about creativity which will ensure the longevity of the party.

Meanwhile, the ANCYL also said stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's views should not be undermined.

This was in response to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe's criticism of Madikizela-Mandela's support for Julius Malema who has been expelled from the party.

Mantashe accused the stalwart of being defiant after she attended a public event with Malema.

The league's spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said, "If we have social outcasts in our society to the extent of which we regard them as being rejects, then we must be told that there is some kind of farce at play in this democracy."

Moonsamy said Madikizela-Mandela is a struggle veteran who should be respected at all times.