In the process of selecting new executive members for the eThekwini municipality, Thanduxolo Sabelo, the firebrand secretary of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in KZN has been appointed to the all powerful 11-member executive committee (exco), the de-facto cabinet, making this his first government job.

The move is seen in some quarters of the party as trying to build Sabelo’s political profile as he is said to be eyeing a senior political position in the eThekwini region after it became clear that his one time ambition of succeeding former ANC youth league president Collen Maine fell flat due to his age.

Subsequent to the meeting held on wednesday night by the ANC KZN’s deployment committee; the committee brought back Sipho Kaunda, a former exco member who vacated his seat when the party forced former mayor Zandile Gumede and her entire exco team to vacate their seats.

Mdumiseni Ntuli, party’s provincial secretary confirmed the appointment of Sabelo and Kaunda. He said “Yes the two comrades are deployed by the African National Congress.”

The ascension of Sabelo, a former ally of Gumede, to the committee is seen as gradual take over of the youth league and former youth league leaders of critical positions in the province. Just after the May general elections, the province’s premier, Sihle Zikalala, appointed the league provincial chairman, Kwazi Mshengu, as education MEC In the cabinet Mshengu joined former youth league leaders like Nomagugu Simelane Zulu (Health) and Mxolisi Kaunda, the former transport MEC who has since been moved to take the mayoral position in eThekwini.

In the benches of the provincial legislature, the league has Zinhle Cele and Amanda Bani, among others. In the eThekwini council, the eThekwini regional youth league has Tembo Ntuli, Siya Thango, Thinta Cibane and Thembelihle Makhanya, among others. The ANC occupies eight of the seats and the rest are shared by the DA and the Inkatha Freedom Party.