The ANCYL’s statement comes after a source told 013NEWS that Trevor Nkosi was being lobbied to take over from Audrey Maleka.


The ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region has quashed a rumour doing the rounds that its chairman Trevor Nkosi was being lobbied to become the next secretary of the ANC in the region.

A week ago 013NEWS reported that there was a powerful faction led by one of Mpumalanga’s ANC strongmen, Sbusiso Sgudla that wanted Nkosi as ANC regional secretary, Mkhondo mayor Vusi Motha as chairman and Khosi Kota as Motha’s deputy.

In a statement released on Wednesday night, the ANCYL in the region rejected “these lame, unscientific and stupid allegations”, saying these were meant to sow division in the united region.

“The ANC youth league would, under normal circumstances, not respond to these lame, unscientific and stupid allegations but because they have a huge potential to mislead readers we had no choice but to bring clarity,” it said in the statement released by spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo.

The league held its ordinary regional executive committee meeting at the party’s regional headquarters in Ermelo and discussed the issue.

They say their support for ANC chairman Muzi Chirwa and secretary Audrey Maleka remain ‘unshaken’ and they were, on top of that, considering supporting them to retain their positions when the ANC holds its regional congress at the end of March 2017.

Regions across the country are preparing for elective congresses in preparation for the party’s national elective congress in Gauteng in December 2017.

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The league said though they were “still going to lobby” Chirwa and Maleka to retain their posts as chairman and secretary respectively but they were still faced with the challenges of “reproducing” their ideas and “will no longer rely on the older generation to provide new strategies and tactics, but we can learn a lot from them, which is why this doesn’t eliminate the fact that the coming REC of the ANC which will be led by comrade Chirwa and comrade Audrey ought to have young minds with energy and innovation, as we believe that some have within the elders have overstayed and they are now tired”.

A week ago, Nkosi said it was “out of order” of those who were saying he was tipped to be the region’s ANC secretary as “there has not been a single person who has come to me about such thing”.

“Nobody has ever told me that they want me to be secretary and that would still be out of order because that’s not how we operate in the ANC and as young people we can’t be seen as being lobbying for positions than youth development.

“That is wrong,” he said.

(edited by MLM)

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