Young enough for the ANC Youth League

Newly elected KwaZulu-Natal ANC youth leader Thami Ngubane says he’s young enough to lead the party’s Youth League.

Ngubane is also the mayor of Greytown, near Pietermaritzburg.

He was elected at the league’s controversial provincial conference in Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast at the weekend during a chaotic conference.

He looks much older than his age on his Facebook profile photo and many have made comments on that.

The ANC constitution limits entry to the league to people aged from 14 to 35 years old.

Perturbed about the scepticism, he posted a copy of his ID on his profile to show that he was within the age bracket of youth as required by the party.

Ngubane’s ID shows he is 32 years old.

The conference degenerated into chaos when some disgruntled league members complained that branches had been disbanded for having “parallel structures”. There were also claims that signatures had been forged.

The age issue is not new in the ruling party’s youth wing. There were similar question marks raised about the age of ANC NEC member Pule Mabe, 35, who is vying for the league’s presidency at its national congress at the end of this month.