ANC NEC discussions to include EFF, ANCYL and Nigeria collapse

The postponement of the national ANCYL conference next week is likely to feature prominently.

FILE: The ANC National Executive Committee begins its meeting in Gauteng on Saturday. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - As the ANC's National Executive Committee begins its meeting in Gauteng on Saturday, the postponement of the national ANC Youth League conference scheduled for next week is likely to feature prominently in the discussions.

The ANC's most senior body made up of 90 people will be meeting over two days to reflect on recent developments locally and internationally.

The ANC Youth League's (ANCYL) conference was due to start on Wednesday, but its postponement will most likely be confirmed at the NEC meeting. Financial trouble has been speculated as the reason for the delay, but it's understood several regions have not yet held their provincial congresses.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says this could dent the ANCYL's reputation even further.

'I think builds into the growing perception and to some extent reality, that the ANC Youth League is finding it difficult to reposition itself after Malema's departure."

ANCYL's spokesman Bandile Masuku says an official announcement on the congress will only be made once the NEC meeting has been concluded.

Other prominent issues likely to be discussed include the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Parliament and the collapse of the six-storey Synagogue Church of All Nations building in Lagos last Friday that killed 84 South Africans.