Mcebo Dlamini: From student activist to possible ANCYL president

Mcebo Dlamini: From student activist to possible ANCYL president

- Mcebo Dlamini was arrested during the 2016 #FeesMustFall protests that spread across the country. He faces a range of charges

- But, it seems his antics have brought him to the attention to many ANCYL members who believe he's the best man for the job

- Dlamini will appear in court again on 19 October

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He was once the voice of desperate students, but now, Mcebo Dlamini might become the next ANC Youth League president.

The infamous #FeesMustFall activist said he's been approached by a number of ANCYL brances to contest the position.

The ANCYL's KwaZulu-Natal secretary-general Thanduxolo Sabelo and national treasurer Reggie Nkabinde are also in a race for the position.

According to The Sowetan, the ANCYL elective conference will be help from 18 to 21 October at Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg. It was postponed several times this year already. learned that Dlamini said various young people have asked him to stand.

"I felt that I would be failing them by not standing when they say 'we believe in you and we want you to lead' so I eventually succumbed. "There isn't any province that has not approached me. When I looked at the number of people and branches . I couldn't say no."

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Meanwhile, Collen Maine, the outgoing president, has been accused of trying to stop the conference from happening.

Dlamini on the other end belieces it's time to relaunch the ANCYL.

He wants this new team to deal with youth issues. Dlamini said the time for the ANCYL being a launch pad for people to become rich is over.

Dlamini said as leaders, they should eat last, while the masses should eat first.

Eastern Cape Amathole region member, Bandile Mdlangaso, couldn't think of a better man for the job. Mdlangaso said of all the candidates, Dlamini does just talk, but walks the walk.

"Other candidates are imposed on us but he is owned by the branches of the ANCYL."

Another member, but from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, Simphiwe Shungube, said Dlamini was relevant on the ground in comparison to his counterparts.

Shungube said it's no secret that the ANCY is in a crisis. He added leaders liked Dlamini can revive the league and make it relevant once again.

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31-year-old Dlamini is facing charges of public violence, assault, theft, damage to property, and violating a court order. These charges related to protests in 2016 against 'colonised' university education at Wits University.

He returns to court again on 19 October.

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