President Maine? ANCYL leader says he should 'preferably' be Ramaphosa's successor in the ANC

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine believes the league's former leaders should be next in line for the position of president of the governing party, according to an IOL report.

Previous youth league presidents, such as Lulu Johnson, Malusi Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula, should be vying for the position, Maine told the South African Students Congress (Sasco) and ANCYL members at Mansfield Hall at Durban University of Technology, the publication reported.

Maine's audience ostensibly clapped and laughed when he said that he should "preferably" be one of Ramaphosa's potential replacements.

According to IOL, Maine said the ANC needed youth to "take over", adding that the "old blood has reached a ceiling".

"They enjoy being madams and chiefs because when you're ministers and MECs, civil servants call you chief or madam and you enjoy that and you forget about the manifesto of the ANC, particularly as it relates to youth development."

Last month, News24 reported that the ANCYL was outraged by Johnson's exclusion in the party's lists for the National Assembly and provincial legislatures.

ANCYL Nelson Mandela Bay regional secretary Luyolo Nqakula said at the time said that it was an "extreme injustice" because Johnson was an "ethical comrade" who had been doing a sterling job as the head of the water and sanitation portfolio committee in Parliament.

ANCYL spokesperson Mlondi Mkhize also said at the time that almost all past presidents of the youth league, apart from Johnson, were ministers. He argued that they "can't have leaders like comrade Jeff (Radebe) who has been there forever at the expense of younger and capable leaders".

In January, ahead of the ruling party's birthday celebrations, Ramaphosa gave the ANCYL the task of being the ANC's "leading edge" in their election campaign.

During his address at a Peter Mokaba commemoration in Durban, Ramaphosa praised and admonished the ANCYL, saying the league's leadership was not impacting on the lives of young people. Instead, it was only seen to be concerned with sending out press releases attacking people or reacting to events.

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