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Motlanthe backed by the ANCYL

Pretoria - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has nominated Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as its preferred candidate to lead the ANC.

“The Youth League has nominated comrade Kgalema Motlanthe to be the president of the ANC,” ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said in Pretoria on Thursday. He said the nomination was unopposed.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has won the support of the African National Congress Youth League ahead of the ruling party's conference in Mangaung in December this year. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu. Credit: Independent Newspapers

The nomination was made during the ANCYL's national nominations meeting.

It was held in preparation for the ANC's 53rd national conference to be held in Mangaung in December.

The meeting was attended by members of the ANCYL's national executive committee and delegations from all provinces.

The other top five positions in the NEC were also voted on at the meeting.

Mathews Phosa was nominated for deputy president. He holds the position of ANC treasurer general. Fikile Mbalula was nominated as secretary-general and Thenjiwe Mtintso as deputy secretary-general, while the candidate for national chairperson was Thandi Modise.

Tokyo Sexwale was nominated for treasurer general. He is an ANC national executive committee member and Human Settlements Minister.

Lamola said the nomination process was vigorous. “It was democracy in action.”

He said the nominations were not an anti-President Jacob Zuma campaign and that the ANCYL would work with whoever was elected at Mangaung.

“We will respect the outcome.” - Sapa

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