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Lamola backs Motlanthe to lead ANC

Motlanthe was described as an “energetic and selfless leader” who represents the beliefs of the ANC.

Deputy President of the ANC Youth League Ronald Lamola. Picture: SAPA.

PRETORIA - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) on Wednesday said it will continue to push for economic freedom in South Africa.

The League's deputy president Ronald Lamola made the comments at a National Press Club (NPC) briefing in Pretoria.

He said his generation has a responsibility of ensuring that South African mines are nationalised.

Lamola added the ANCYL is in full support of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over the reins from President Jacob Zuma at December's ANC elective congress in Mangaung.

"We have agreed we should allow the structures of the ANC to elect Motlanthe as the president of the party."

Lamola described Motlanthe as an "energetic and selfless leader" who represents the beliefs of the ANC.

Following the finalisation of the nomination process for the elective conference, Lamola said they remain confident that other regions will be persuaded to support Motlanthe.

The ANCYL said it is confident Motlanthe will emerge victorious.

This is despite the fact President Jacob Zuma's home province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will have a large number of delegates at the conference.

Final figures released on Tuesday showed KZN has by far the biggest number of voting delegates, while the proportion sent by the Eastern Cape has declined dramatically.