The fate of the top five in the ANCYL's new leadership depends on whether the ANC is able to convince delegates attending this weekend's Youth League congress about its decision to endorse the controversially elected office bearers.
ANC secretary- general Gwede Mantashe is expected to explain the position at the start of the congress at Nasrec, Johannesburg, held from today until Sunday. The majority of ANCYL provincial structures had expressed unhappiness at the ANC's decision to declare the top five as duly and legitimately elected.
ANCYL provincial chairman Jacob Khawe said Gauteng has two positions - those who want the retention of the executive elected at the league's congress in Mangaung, Free State, in April and those opposed to the controversial top five: Julius Malema, Andile Lungisa (deputy president), Vuyiswa Tulelo (secretary-general), Steven Ngobeni (deputy general-secretary) and Pule Maba (national treasurer).
"We believe the ANC can explain its intervention better. We are meeting with our delegates today [yesterday] to try and come up with a single position on whether to support or reject the current leadership," he said.
The Mangaung congress was aborted before the additional 30 officials were elected when chaos broke out between supporters of Malema and his rival Saki Mofokeng.
The top five were elected amid allegations of poll rigging and exclusion of some of Mofokeng's supporters. Despite that, Luthuli House declared the five as duly and legitimately elected leaders of the league.