He is known in the region as someone who always had keen interest in leading the region in previous congresses but now it looks like 2017 is the year for Thulasizwe Thomo to emerge as the next leader of the region.
Gert Sibande ANCYL spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo is poised to take over the role of regional chairperson when the league holds its regional elective congress.
He will take over the baton from Trevor Nkosi – the league’s provincial deputy chairman in the Mpumalanga province.
The campaign to have Thomo taking up the seat heated up seriously a week ago on social networks, with Nkosi giving it a nod with this maxim: “Onenkinga sohlangana ku-Congress, loosely translated as “If you have problem [with Thomo becoming chairperson] we’ll meet you in Congress”.
The sub-regions also want current regional secretary James Nkosi to retain his post.
Regions across the province are preparing for ANCYL elective congresses.
They want these conferences to be held before month-end.
Thomo accepted nominations but said the revolution is not about an individual.
The league says they have heard of ‘secret meetings’ discussing plans to challenge Muzi Chirwa’s bid to return to power.
The ANCYL in the Gert Sibande region has fired its first salvo at Muzi Chirwa’s potential challengers, saying that those who want to contest the man should do so in broad day-light.
Chirwa is the chairman of the ANC in the Gert Sibande region.
He is expected to be elected uncontested when the region convenes its elective congress in no time after all branches nominated him to come lead for yet another term.
Chirwa’s nomination by all Gert Sibande branches comes after a special regional general council that recommended that he retain his post as well as Audrey Maleka, as chairman and secretary respectively.
“We however note with disappointments the caucuses convening during night hours,” league regional spokesman Thulasizwe Thomo said in a statement this week.
Without mentioning the names of those convening these ‘night hours’ meetings, Thomo charged that they are “dark forces” and were “masquerading as former ANC, ANCYL leaders and others are camouflaged with colours of our alliance partners”.
“Their attempts to destabilise the region for their own narrow factional battles will never see a day light, particularly not in our life time,” charged Thomo on Wednesday.
“We shall fight with all that we have in defending the ANC regional leadership collective and the national democratic revolution,” he said.
The region has not yet announced the date of the conference. ANC regional spokesman Sabelo Sikhakhane said they were still waiting for upper structures to tell them when they should convene a congress in the region.
It is still not clear who are these ‘dark forces’. Thomo declined to divulge their names, saying he was not in that position “but we’re aware of such”.
The league in the region is pushing for the upcoming ANC congress to resolve to unite the ANC, SACP and SANCO in the region, expropriate land ‘without compensation for equitable redistribution’, establish a state bank and that 40 bursaries be advertised annually by the Gert Sibande district municipality, where Chirwa serves as mayor.
They also want 40% of tender projects to be awarded to young people.
“Anyone that want to contest, must do so through broad day-light and must not be buying conference delegates during sleeping hours,” Thomo said.
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