ANC Youth League president Julius Malema was re-elected for a second term at the organisation’s congress in Midrand on Friday.
“I can confirm that Malema has been re-elected,” the league’s KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Mthandeni Dlungwana said.
KwaZulu-Natal ANCYL leader Sindiso Magaqa was elected league general secretary.
Phule Mabe was re-elected treasurer.
City Press reported that Malema’s challenger Lebogang Maile declined to stand against him.
Maile however rejected rumours that senior ANC Gauteng leaders, including provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile, had asked him to pull out in exchange for the position of being Malema’s deputy.
‘It’s not true. Nobody can advise me to pull out because I am not their candidate,” he was quoted as saying.
Most of the 5 500 delegates at their congress were vocal in their support for Malema on the first day of the event on Thursday, chanting and belting out songs with his name.
Maile, the league’s Gauteng chairperson, had failed to secure nomination from at least three provinces ahead of the conference. Only Sedibeng gave him its backing.
He would have needed nominations from at least 30% of delegates from the floor to have stood a chance against Malema, City Press reported.
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