Collen Maine: ANCYL will support Ramaphosa if he wins

Maine says he is prepared to support any leader who emerges victorious from the voting process, even if its Cyril Ramaphosa.

ANC Youth League leader Collen Maine at Nasrec for the ANC national conference on 17 December 2017. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News spoke to African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader Collen Maine at Nasrec, where he says the young lions will support Cyril Ramaphosa if he wins.

The ANCYL has always been a strong supporter of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma but today Maine says that he is prepared to support any leader who emerges victorious from the voting process, even if it is Cyril Ramaphosa.

Maine has also commented on Baleka Mbete’s about turn last night when she announced she will support Ramaphosa, if he wins.

“Well, endorsing and supporting are two different things. The youth league is prepared to be led by any leader who will emerge out of this, but as we said, if comrade Cyril Ramaphosa is elected by this conference, we’ve no other choice but to support the outcomes of congress.”

The youth league leader has also applauded Zuma for what he says what a good outgoing speech.

MAGASHULE OPTIMISTIC

Free State Premier Ace Magashule says he is confident his preferred candidate Dlamini Zuma will come out on top when the results for the presidency are in.

Magashule made a stop at University of Johannesburg Soweto campus on Saturday where some delegates struggled to get accreditation.

He said he was there to make sure that those who were not allowed to vote did not.

Magashule says that delegates from the Free State respect the rule of law and will abide by the High Court ruling which declared its provincial conference and resolutions unlawful and void.

He says members are not worried about being barred from voting because they are confident they will see a Dlamini Zuma victory.

“I have never been pessimistic, I have always in my life, politically, been optimistic. Yes, our candidate as nominated by the province of the Free State is known, it’s Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and we’re confident that she will emerge [victorious].”

Fourteen branches from the Free State will not participate in the vote.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)