Former SABC current affairs managing director and ANC member, Snuki Zikalala, has been elected unopposed as the President of the ANC Veterans League (ANCVL) during the League’s 3rd conference held at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Saturday.
On Day 2 of the conference, Zikalala emerged as the sole nominee for the position, quelling earlier murmurs of a contested race with fellow party member Tony Yengeni. The ANCVL clarified that Yengeni was not a branch member and therefore ineligible to contest.
Mavuso Msimang was announced as the Deputy President, and Connie September was elected as Deputy Secretary General, both emerging as the sole nominees in their respective positions.
Looking ahead to the 2024 national elections, Zikalala emphasized the Veterans League’s stance against forming coalitions with other parties. Instead, they aim for an outright victory for the African National Congress.
Zikalala asserted that the party should work to regain lost votes by exposing any lack of delivery to the needy communities and focusing on rebuilding through the branches.
ANCVL’s deputy convenor, Susan Shabangu, who is vying for the position of secretary-general, explained more on the party’s commitment to discipline and renewal.
She emphasized the importance of thorough audits to ensure legitimate members within the ANC, moving away from treating audits as mere formalities.
Shabangu also stressed the need for competent and skilled individuals in the 40 municipalities that are facing challenges, emphasizing the party’s commitment to regaining voter trust through effective governance.