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Lamola openly endorses Motlanthe

ANCYL's Ronald Lamola has openly endorsed Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the ANC.

ANCYL's Ronald Lamola. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - ANCYL acting president Ronald Lamola openly endorsed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday, ahead of the ANC's nomination process leading up to its elective conference in December.

Speaking at the youth league's 68th anniversary lecture at Wits University, Lamola told students to lobby for a change in leadership at their branches.

He saID the youth league needed leaders who understood their thinking.

"We need to be led by our own people," he added.

Nominations for the new ANC leadership will open in October.

The youth league wants Motlanthe to replace President Jacob Zuma and Mbalula to replace secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Lamola also questioned the timing of Julius Malema's court appearance.

He told students it was clear the elders were unsettled as the nomination process drew closer.

"It is only the youth of the ANC that can extricate the ANC from this intensive care unit. The elders are afraid, the elders are shaky. "

Former youth league president Fikile Mbalula also attended the gathering and told students that although discipline was important, it must not be used to destroy an individual.

"Political discipline is about an exploration of new ideas, not suppressing growth in the organisation."

The ANC will elect its new leadership in December.