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Pule Mabe in line for ANCYL's top post

Former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe could become the body’s new leader, despite facing criminal charges.

Former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) prepares to hold a National Congress that will re-establish the organisation as an independent body, it appears its former treasurer Pule Mabe, who faces criminal charges, may become its new leader.

Mabe won the support of the league in Gauteng at the weekend, even though he was the treasurer while the ANCYL was under Julius Malema.

During Mabe's term as treasurer, millions of rands of the league's money went missing.

It was nearly liquidated as a result.

He was also close to Malema before doing a political about-turn, backing President Jacob Zuma at Mangaung and winning a seat at the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC).

Then, he was charged with fraud and corruption for allegedly using social security agency money to pay off his credit card.

Now, he's a front runner to take over the league.

But officials say that under a Mangaung resolution, he could still have to go through a process to determine whether he is fit to be the league's leader.

Meanwhile, the ANC team running the youth league says five out of its four provinces have now held successful conferences and the league should be able to run itself after its September National Congress.

The team's spokesperson Bandile Masuku says preparations for next month's conference are going well.

"By nature they've got their own life and characteristics. Most of them have concluded their business to what we have expected."