Mabe qualifies to stand as ANCYL president

Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League treasurer and fraud accused Pule Mabe qualifies to stand for league president, the national task team (NTT) said on Wednesday.

"There has never been a statement that says a member in good standing of the youth league cannot stand... as long as you are below 35," convenor Mzwandile Masina told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Comrade Pule Mabe does qualify to stand. He's a member of the youth league in ward 96 here in Johannesburg."

Mabe is 34 this year.

Masina said it did not matter if he was elected and then turned older than 35 during his term. As long as he was younger than 35 when he was elected.

Mabe is currently facing fraud charges in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.

He and two others have been charged with fraud and corruption. They were arrested after handing themselves to the police last year.

Masina said the pending case would not have an effect on Mabe's qualification for nomination.

"It is simple we are the youth league of the ANC and we have said everyone is innocent until proven guilty. So we will stick to that," he said.

Mabe was ANCYL treasurer at the time that EFF leader Julius Malema was the league's president.

During that time the organisation ran itself into extensive debt which led to liquidation cases against the ANCYL.

Also during his term in office, millions of rands of the ANCYL's money reportedly went missing.

Masina said this was a "wild allegation".

"It's difficult to make these serious allegations about individuals. We have not found those allegations, we have not tested [them]," he said.

"Therefore, it is very difficult for us to make wild accusations about individuals."

Masina said there were no "millions" missing.

"The ANCYL [at the time] was spending money it did not have. No one stole the money... it was just an abuse of processes."

The ANCYL in Gauteng has decided to put its support behind Mabe.

Other front-runners for the position of president included former deputy ANCYL president Ronald Lamola and NTT co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe.

Masina said official nominations for the leadership positions would take place at provincial general councils.

Mabe, Lamola and Mzobe qualified to stand.

The NTT took over the running of the ANCYL last year after its leadership and national executive committee had been disbanded by the ANC.

Masina said the league had stabilised and was ready to elect new leadership.

The elective conference would be held in Gauteng from 24 to 28 September.

Kevern Upton 2014-08-20 09:21:52 PM
He's in good standing but faces fraud charges, he thus qualifies. W.t.f!
Tom Robertson 2014-08-20 09:25:34 PM
Qualified because he has charges against him? Yes, that would do it!
Made-In SA 2014-08-20 09:49:31 PM
Yep.He is standing trial for corruption.Perfectly qualify him for the Zumafia of Amalgamated Nefarious Crooks.
Mr T. 2014-08-20 11:13:52 PM
Let him be the president. He must review the minds of young blacks that thoughts Mazibuko was a future not knowing she was used by the DA white minorities.
Pienaar Jordaan 2014-08-21 04:21:23 AM
And you Themba, make as much sense as a fart in a bath tub! "He must review (?) ".... "the young black(s) that THOUGHTS"???? Grade 12 education BROUGHTS to you by the ANC!?!
ThabangMaaake 2014-08-21 06:02:08 AM
What Ancyl? They are still disorganized and will not have an impact after conference.
ThabangMaaake 2014-08-21 06:22:30 AM
I thought one resolution of these idiots in mangaung was that, no one facing charges will be allowed to stand...they didnt say found guilty because that should be obvious. I'm not surprised by the confusion...Gwede mantashe once said during cosatu vavi fights that the stupid anc should not interfere in cosatu affairs but when he realised that the conference might take place n vavi will win, he started saying cosatu cannot be divided by an individual then they asked cyril to go intervene... That is ongoing confusion. Then same idiotic fellow mantashe said this when EFF was formed: the EFF is like zanu pf and is also funded by zanu pf and Mugabe...then he later said, EFF is like Nazis in Germany and Malema is like Hitler. Confusion at its best. No wonder Mabe is currently a star. Zuma is leading, by example.
Jack Thomas 2014-08-21 06:51:40 AM
Like i stated before, one needs a criminal record to qualify for a position in the cANCer regime..
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-21 09:20:30 AM
Oh this one has matric then. Great. The fraud charges is that the deal closer? I can't believe the Cr@p that is going on in this country. Thuli, please step in and just do a bulk qualifications audit and disqualification of those who do not meet the genuine criteria of the posts.
Thamsanqa Bhebhe 2014-08-22 08:14:28 AM
In my case there is a problem that has to be clarified,YOUTH MEANING WHAT IN TERMS OF AGE????People cry allowed when a 19year Old insults a minister who is 38 years old and you refer to youth lacking manners but the president of youth can now near that age.I believe we should try and be realistic and not have some unforseen reasons to vote people to positions because we are looking for these people to shield us and do us favours.The issue of fraud may sound harsh to judge this Cde as there are many ministers,DG,MP who have crimes that are being shifted from time to time and they get away with it because they are abusing power.I BLAME OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM...Thanks Pallo Jordan lets hope you opened the way for better