ANCYL elects Collen Maine as new president

New ANCYL president Collen Maine. (Madelene Cronje, MG)

New ANCYL president Collen Maine. (Madelene Cronje, MG)

Collen Maine has been elected uncontested as the new ANC Youth League president during the league’s national conference in Midrand on Friday night – two years after Julius Malema was expelled from the ANC. 

Maine, who is an MEC for local government and human settlements in the North West is said to enjoy the support of senior ANC leaders popularly known as the “Premier League”. They include North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza and Free State Premier Ace Magashule. 

Other top five leaders elected uncontested alongside Maine are Desmond Moela (deputy president), Njabulo Nzuza (Secretary general), Thandi Moraka (deputy Secretary General) and Reggie Nkaninde (treasurer general). Like the ANC Women’s League, which also enjoyed the Premier League’s support, the new youth league leadership is expected to push for a woman candidate to be elected as ANC president when the party holds its election in 2017. 

The names of the women candidates for the ANC president position includes African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. 

ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile has publicly declared his support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as president Jacob Zuma’s successor.



Matuma Letsoalo is a senior politics reporter at the Mail & Guardian. He joined the newspaper in 2003, focussing on politics and labour, and collaborated with the M&G's centre for investigations, amaBhungane, from time to time.In 2011, Matuma won the South African Journalist of the Year Award and was also the winner in the investigative journalism category in the same year.In 2004, he won the CNN African Journalist of the Year prize – the MKO Abiola Print Journalism Award. Matuma was also a joint category winner of the Mondi Shanduka SA Story of the year Award in 2008. In 2013, he was a finalist for Wits University's Taco Kuiper Award. Read more from ML


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