Following a meeting with the National Youth Task Team (NYTT), the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) vowed to emulate the legacy of Oliver Tambo in its rebirth.
NYTT meets to discuss ANCYL rebirth
In a statement, the ANCYL announced that the NYTT had, after its second meeting, established resolutions that would steer the ruling party’s youth wing forward.
“To this end, the meeting formulated a program of action which would ensure that the comrades which form part of the Youth League are in the mould of the great OR Tambo. The NYTT committed to dispensing its responsibility to reconstitute a vibrant, reimagined, revived Youth League urgently,” the statement read.
After a few years marred by internal fighting for positions of power like crabs in a barrel, the ANCYL says it has re-established itself and is more than ready to play its part in delivering an impactful political campaign for the ANC going into the local govermnent elections.
“These important political tasks require a strong and united movement which is not only seen to be, but acts consistently in the best interest of the people of South Africa,” the ANCYL added.
Furthermore, the ruling party’s youth wing has called on its student organisational bodies to “desist from contesting each other during SRC elections”.
“In pursuit of this resolution, the NYTT will endeavour to discipline existing structures across the board which have failed to abide by and implement this resolution of congress,” the statement read.
Is the ANC’s youth wing ready for unity?
While, at its headquarters, the ANCYL has perpetuated an image of unity, in other parts of the country, the internal fighting has continued.
In KwaDukuza, KZN, members of the ANCYL called on the punishment of around 30 councillors who supposedly found an excuse to dodge an inauguration of the newly-elected mayor.
Quoted in a recently published North Coast Carrier article, regional spokesperson Ngcebo Mazibuko, questioned the unity of the cadres who defiantly jeopardised the swearing-in meeting of Phumlile Zulu.
“We have a serious problem within the KwaDukuza sub-region because there are people who do not want the chosen mayor and speaker to be inaugurated, but they want to choose their favourite candidates. We take that as undermining the PEC,” ANCYL Chairperson Mfanafuthi Ngcobo, said in a recent media briefing.
These are the instances where the NYTT would — based on the newly established resolutions — be expected to step in and act decisively in upholding accountability.
After all, it was noted in the statement that this time around, the NYTT will “deal decisively with those who perpetuate conduct which harms the image of the ANCYL and by implication that of the ANC”.
The winds of change have blown through the ANC NEC meeting over the past four days, but Derek Hanekom remains unshifted by the gale-force criticism he has had to endure over the past seven days. However, it looks increasingly likely that the official in the presidency will have to face some form of punishment. Oh, and Malusi Gigaba is back…
Secretary-General Ace Magashule addressed the matter, which is subject to a high degree of public scrutiny. He’s been at war with Hanekom for the best part of a week, after labelling the ex-tourism a “sleeper agent for the EFF”.
ANC NEC deal with Derek Hanekom issue… sort of
This came after Derek Hanekom admitted plotting against Jacob Zuma in 2017, attempting to remove the controversial leader from power. Debate has raged within the party about members’ civil liberties, by Magashule had firmly drawn a line in the sand – in fact, he told his comrade to expect a conclusion to the saga in the near future:
“The matter [regarding Derek Hanekom] has been referred to the officials for processing. Any leader who contravenes our policies and protocols shall face due process without fear and favour.”
ANC NEC dissolve Youth League, bring back Malusi Gigaba
Ace also managed to slip another bombshell into the conversation, confirming that the ANC’s Youth League has officially been disbanded. By February 2020, it will be replaced by a National Youth Task Team (NYTT) to be convened by Thandi Mahambehlala.
There’s also a job on the table for Malusi Gigaba, who had a year to forget in 2018. No, he’s not being lined up to replace Derek Hanekom: As a former Youth League leader, the party want his expertise for the task team.
The disgraced former MP had to walk away from representing his party due to the fallout from a sex tape he shared and charges relating to perjury. However, it would seem that time heals all wounds, and Gigaba will be tasked with supporting the new youth framework over the next six months.
Youth League disbanded: Who is in the National Youth Task Team?
The NYTT will be supported and regulated by:
- Nathi Mthethwa
- Ronald Lamola
- Lindiwe Zulu
- David Masondo
- Pinky Kekana
- Senzo Mchunu
- Lulu Johnson
- Malusi Gigaba
- Fikile Mbalula
- Zizi Kodwa
- Faith Muthambi
- Nomvula Mokonyane
- Dakota Muthambi
Magashule announced the national youth task team which includes names such as Malusi Gigaba, Njabulo Nzuza, David Masondo, Nomvula Mokonyane, Zizi Kodwa, Fikile Mbalula and Faith Muthambi, convened by Thandi Mahambehlala #ANCNEC #ANCBriefing
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Disgruntled members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) will on Friday march to the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Irene, Pretoria, to demand the disbandment of the league’s provincial and national leadership.
The ANC will hold its NEC meeting, which ends on Sunday, at Irene’s St George Hotel.
The “Revive ANCYL Movement”
Groups of party youths from various provinces, calling themselves the “Revive ANCYL Movement”, are pressing to have the league structures dissolved and new task teams appointed leading up to a national elective conference.
The long-overdue elective conference for new leaders has been postponed numerous times, reportedly due to a lack of quorum and unaudited branches.
The last elective conference was held in September 2015 in Johannesburg, where the incumbent Collen Maine was elected president.
The Revive ANCYL Movement has held marches to ANC offices in their respective provinces including the party headquarters, Luthuli House in Johannesburg, where they handed over memorandums of demands.
Maine has been labelled an “elder” by the members, who want him and his executive committee gone.
Collen Maine, enemy number one
They accuse him of “burying” the “weakened” ANCYL by concentrating on ANC factional battles instead of fighting for the youth, majority of whom are unemployed and unable to access higher education.
Maine is reportedly against the dissolving of ANCYL structures and instead wants to deliver a political report at the next conference.
The ANCYL has lost ground at tertiary institutions, with the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command gaining popularity and winning some of the Student Representative Council elections.
Ntuthuko Makhombothi, an ANCYL member and former SA Students Congress president from eThekhwini region in KwaZulu-Natal, said ANC secretary general Ace Magashule stated in a letter last week that the present ANCYL was not legitimate and that by law, the organisation and all its structures were liquidated and undergoing rehabilitation.
“The ANC NEC should stop inviting ‘illegitimate leaders’ to its meetings or face legal action,” Makhombothi said in a statement on behalf of the Revive ANCYL Movement.
“The communique implies that the offices of the ANCYL, not only in Luthuli House, but in all other areas, have been occupied against the law.
“Furthermore, from its own admission, the ANC NEC and its subordinate structures have contravened the law by allowing illegal structures in their meetings and decision making bodies.
“The communication from the secretary general of the ANC does not place any constraints or limitations to the ability of the ANC NEC to disband the illegitimate ANCYL NEC.
“The communication confirms our views that this ANCYL has failed to resuscitate the youth league structures and to represent the interests of young people.
“We call for all ANC structures, starting at the NEC, to stop inviting the illegitimate youth league leaders to their decision making structures. Failure to uphold this request will result in the Revive the Youth League Movement taking legal action,” warned Mthombothi.
The league is supposed to hold elective conferences every three years.
By African News Agency (ANA); Editing by Moses Mudzwiti.