Hours after the women league of the ruling African National Congress came to announce its insistence on its decision for a female leader come 2019, the Youth league of the party (ANCYL) has come to say it also has a different candidate who would lead the party.
In an interview with the news agency Reuters, the ANCYL leader, Collen Maine said that the candidate they will back as ANC leader in December will send shock waves through the party.
Following his comments which indicates that the ANCYL won’t be backing either Cyril Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Maine said the ruling party needs a bold leader who would be able to launch a second revolution that will distribute wealth to the black majority.
The league claimed it would support none of the two candidates chosen because they are both part of the system that should be cleaned.
According to him, ANC needs that leader who would take radical measures on controversial issues like land redistribution, wealth dispersal from white elites to the black majority, as well as to limit the influence of foreign companies and give the poor free education.
“We want bold leadership and second revolution that will cause ruptures in the economy,” says Maine, adding that every ANC leader has failed to deliver on the promise to transform South Africa.
Maine also noted that the Youth League has 600,000 members and thus, has a significant voting block at party conference, though the complex leadership election process means it is unclear exactly how much influence the group will wield come December.
Meanwhile, the ANCWL has said it would not back down on its choice of Dlamini Zuma as the party’s future leader.
Reacting to ANC’s claim that it deviated from party rules by formally announcing succession debate, the league’s secretary-general Meokgo Matuba said the league did not deviate in anyway from the longstanding mandate from its members and supporters to pursue the call for the election of the ANC’s first female president and having a minimum 50 percent representation in the top six of the ANC.
“That glass ceiling will be broken by having a female president giving closing remarks in the 54th ANC national conference in December and other female cadres being in the top six of the organisation,” she said.