ANCYL national task team

The 22-member team appointed by the ANC to revive the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) after its disbandment has its work cut out for it. Their assignment is to take stock of what league structures remain in provinces and to put them back in good standing. But it could prove to be difficult: though they are highly qualified, most have little practical experience of the political terrain they will now have to navigate – and might face fierce hostility by those league leaders who remain, and those still faithful to expelled youth leader Julius Malema

Northern Cape
Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba is ANC chief whip in the Northern Cape legislature and was suspended as ANCYL provincial deputy chairperson last year for bringing the league into disrepute. Before that, she was sidelined for publicly saying she supported President Jacob Zuma to be re-elected for a second term. She is currently studying public administration

Seabi Ntshetsi works for the SA Social Security Agency in Polokwane. He has been a member of the ANCYL since 1997, and has led a branch as secretary. Before that, he was a local leader of Cosas

Johan Mkhatshwa was removed from his duties of ANCYL Mpumalanga secretary in 2011 after he refused to cooperate with a request from the national leadership to help unseat Premier David Mabuza Lerato Theko was Mpumalanga chairperson of the NYDA. In 2006 she was elected as councillor to Bushbuckridge municipality and was speaker there until 2011. She has a national diploma in commercial administration and has also worked for the SA Local Government Association (Salga)

Mzwandile Masina (Convener, Gauteng) is the CEO of the Gauteng Film Commission and is on the ANC’s regional working committee of Ekurhuleni. He was also on the provincial executive committee of the ANCYL and campaigned against Malema in 2011. He got involved in politics 24 years ago, aged 14. He holds a master’s degree in entrepreneurship Bandile Masuku works as an obstetrician at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital. He was ANCYL Gauteng treasurer until 2010, and is a former Sasco president. Presently, he works as a coordinator for the ANC’s education and health subcommittee and is a member of the Council on Higher Education Nokuthula Mbesa is a member of the ANCYL in Gauteng and has served on the SAYC as deputy secretary-general, a full-time job. She served as national deputy secretary-general of the Council on SA Students in 2004 while at school in Port Elizabeth. She’s currently studying political science at Unisa Vuyo Mhlakaza was an ANCYL national executive committee member (NEC) from 2008 to 2011. She was also Gauteng chairperson of the YCL and recently married its general secretary Buti Manamela. She is a manager at the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Shaka Sisulu is the grandson of Walter and Albertina Sisulu. He helped launch the ANC and ANCYL in ward 90 in Johannesburg. He’s been on the province’s elections task team. He is also a writer, a board member of a number of NGOs and was a freelance radio presenter, until recently Rebone Tau serves on the youth league’s Tshwane regional council and has campaigned for democracy in Swaziland. She works as an advocacy coordinator for the Southern African Liaison Office, an NGO involved in peace building and promoting dialogue in Southern Africa Khumbuzo Ntshavheni is the chief operations officer at the State Information Technology Agency. She holds a postgraduate qualification in labour relations and an MBA. She was also the municipal manager at the Ba-Phalaborwa municipality in Limpopo. She served in the league’s NEC between 2008 and 2011

North West
Maropeni Ntuli is on the NYDA board. She is the only one on the task team who has served in the disbanded league’s NEC. There is a perception she is one of the few Malema sympathisers on the team. Ntuli was once the mayor of Sisanda District Municipality in the Northern Cape Bridgette Mogakwe-Seokamo is a councillor at the Taung municipality in North West and headed a mayoral committee. She is also regional leader of the ANCYL, and has previously served in the North West leadership of Salga

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Magasela Mzobe (Coordinator, KwaZulu-Natal) is former general secretary of the SA Students’ Congress (Sasco), where he served until 2009. He works at the KwaZulu-Natal department of health as a deputy manager in youth programmes, and holds a BA in political science from the University of KwaZuluNatal Mxolisi Kaunda has served as the chairperson of the ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal and was chairperson of the transport portfolio committee of the provincial legislature. Kaunda was elected into the mother body’s provincial executive committee when he left the ANCYL aged 36 in 2011 Adelle Naidoo has led an ANCYL branch in the Durban suburb of Chatsworth and is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies in psychology. She was secretary of the Chatsworth community policing forum and a volunteer HIV/Aids counsellor to residents

Western Cape
Braam Hanekom is best known as the founder of Passop, an NGO for asylum seekers, refugees and immigrant rights. He is a deputy chair of the ANC’s Wynberg branch, a branch executive of the ANCYL, a leader in the Young Communist League (YCL) and a national organiser for the Food and Allied Workers’ Union Thembinkosi Josopu is the outspoken chairperson of the SA Youth Council (SAYC) in the Western Cape. Josopu publicly welcomed Malema’s expulsion last year, saying he had become a burden to youth development in the country Jolene Samuels is better known as Princess Julia Malema or @princessmalema on Twitter, an account she deleted soon after news got out of her appointment. She has supported Malema publicly before. She is a public relations and marketing officer for Listan Trading

Free State
Victoria De Beer is the deputy secretary of the ANCYL in the Fezile Dabi region and has a B Tech in internal auditing. She is a councillor at Ngwathe municipality (based in Parys) and studies accounting

Eastern Cape
Mawethu Rune was Sasco president and is deputy chairperson of the YCL. He works for the Eastern Cape provincial government. He lost the bid to lead the ANCYL in the province to a pro-Malema faction Smangaliso Mntengwana is an ANCYL branch member from Nkantolo village in the Eastern Cape and works as a town planner for the Mbizana municipality. She served in the interim regional task team of the league in the province


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