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Condemnations at attempts to stop ANCYL congress

The convenor of the congress says action will be taken to find all responsible.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Convenor of the African National Congress Youth Leagues (ANCYL)'s National Task Team, Fikile Mbalula, says he believes a group that attempted to stop the 25th National Congress is being used by 'external forces'.

Earlier today, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned an urgent court application by members from the North West to stop this weekend's proceedings.

They had argued that certain issues had not been dealt with.

But Mbalula says the national task team will be taking action against the group once the congress concludes.

He says North West members of the ANCYL who sought legal action were not acting independently.

"We will hit the dock until the owner comes out and this is what we will apply in this instance. Quite clearly somebody is giving the money for them to go to court because to go to court is expensive."

The convenor of the congress says action will be taken to find all responsible.

The national congress is now in full swing with thousands of members expected to elect new leaders.

Ramaphosa: Youth league should be at the forefront of ANC battles

CLOSED SESSIONS UNDERWAY

Closed sessions are now underway at the national congress where new leaders will be elected at the end of the weekend.

The organisation fell into dysfunction shortly after the ousting of then leader Julius Malema who was accused of sowing division within the youth league.

Mbalula says chairperson of the North West youth league Collen Maine appears to be a highly favoured candidate.

Other presidential hopefuls include former league treasurer Pule Mabe and Tshwane regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela.

The national task team says it has done its job in bringing the youth league this far and it's now up to members to elect leaders who will move the organisation forward

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