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Lungisa cagey on ANCYL presidency ambitions

Andile Lungisa wouldn't say outright if being president of the ANCYL is one of his aspirations.

Former ANC Youth League deputy leader Andile Lungisa (L) wouldn't say outright if being president of the league is one of his aspirations. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Will he or won't he?

Confusion surrounds the political ambitions of former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) deputy president Andile Lungisa.

On Thursday he said he would always be available to serve the ANC, regardless of the position he is nominated for.

Lungisa confirmed to Eyewitness News he would make himself available to contest the position of president of the league if he is nominated by its members.

He said he had never "refused" a task or mandate given to him by the organisation.

Lungisa said he had extensive experience in leadership positions, both in the youth league and the National Youth Development Agency. He said he is therefore already qualified to lead the league.

The former deputy during Julius Malema's leadership of the league said he had a track record of always being loyal to the party but he would not say if being president of the league was one of his aspirations.

On Friday morning, he denied he had his eye on the youth wing's top job.

He told Talk Radio 702's John Robbie he would continue his political work outside of the league.

Meanwhile, Lungisa has welcomed last week's decision by ANC leaders to dissolve the league's national executive committee because of ill-discipline and called on members to respect it.

An interim team will be selected and put in place by the ANC's national working committee to carry out duties of the former ANCYL executive, ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe said.