“The ANC is in trouble and that the governing party has been shaken. There are many people who will want the ANC to disappear and they are trying everything, because there’s no alternative. The youth league has been shaken and also the mother body has been shaken. We admit that the organisation is in trouble,” admitted Zuma.
The Gauteng delegates booed because they would not be voting for new leaders, following the Presidents notion that the conference should be consultative.
Zuma explained why the national elective conference was converted into a consultative conference. He revealed that some provinces had threatened to bring parallel, rival structures and delegates to the national conference while others had threatened to interdict the congress.
“We called the chairpersons and the mother body, because we knew a decision that you must take, must be a decision that must have the support.
Controversial former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe was the province’s favourite to lead the league, however on Tuesday the national task team (NTT) announced that the conference would no longer be an elective one.
The delegates also kept shouting “Pule” and sang “lead us Pule”.
NTT convenor Mzwandile Masina was sent to speak to the group of delegates asking them to be disciplined.
ANC top brass and Government Ministers were present.
The conference that began on Tuesday 25 ends on 29 November.