The African National Congress Youth League (ANC) criticised the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) for pronouncing their preferred candidate for presidency.
ANC Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza said the alliance partner mustn’t interfere with the proceeding of the ANC. He also said the alliance is meant to function as a critical instrument in the advancement of the National Democratic Revolution not leadership preferences.
“The ANC has never interfered on how they elect their leadership and as such they must not attempt to interfere with the processes of the ANC,” said Nzuza.
“The alliance is a strategic collaboration born out of struggle to build a better life for our people and not leadership preferences,” he added.
During a media briefing held by the ANCYL in Pretoria, Nzuza condemned the pronouncement of of preferred candidates for presidency.
He also said name dropping should be done after June, as this will put unnecessary pressure on branches.
“The ANCYL has noted great excitement building up to the 2017 ANC 54th National Conference, with some senior leaders declaring their availability prior to even being nominated,”
“This kind of conduct is foreign to the movement; leaders are expected to confirm availability after they have been nominated by branches,” said Nzuza.
He then urged all party leaders to halt making pronouncements and lobbying behind an individual which has not been nominated by branches.
“The Youth League calls on comrades especially senior leaders, to desist from launching lobby groups to advance their nominations and publicly confirming their availability on the media having not even been nominated by a single branch,” said Nzuza.
“The power to nominate and elect leadership is fully rested with the branches who will form 90% of conference,” he added.
The Youth League was then questioned about its preferred candidate and they said they will be making their pronouncement after June.