Divided ANC Appoints Task Team To Resurrect ANC Youth League

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule introduced Mhlauli as the convener of the newly established team, while Maimela will be its coordinator.

Divided ANC Appoints Task Team To Resurrect ANC Youth League-SurgeZirc SA
ANC Youth League Task Team/Photo File: TSA

The African National Congress (ANC) has released the names of the ANCYL National Youth Task Team. The team has essentially been tasked with resuscitating the ANC Youth League – by means of strengthening and consolidating existing structures of the youth league and to build new ones in consultation with regions and provinces.

The appointments were announced on Thursday, 08 April 2021. “The ANCYL NYTT will primarily serve as a National Congress Preparatory Committee charged with the responsibility to prepare the ANCYL for conference…

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It is also charged with the responsibility to develop and roll out a programme of action, bringing together young people from different facets as a build-up to the envisaged elective conference,” the party said.

Some of the appointments to the ANC Youth League Task Team include Nomceba Mhlauli, currently a spokesperson in the Ministry of the Presidency, Fasiha Hassan, member of the Gauteng legislature, Joy Maimela and Thuthukile Zuma, the daughter of former president Jacob Zuma.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule introduced Mhlauli as the convener of the newly established team, while Maimela will be its coordinator. The ANC Youth League leadership was dissolved in 2019 after members embarked on demonstrations, claiming the ANCYL NEC was too old and way beyond the age limit required to serve.

The ANC Youth League has long been considered a breeding ground for future leaders of the ANC. The movement dubbed the “Young Lions” has produced a number of political bigwigs in the ruling party, including Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba.

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“The ANC is determined to rebuild the ANCYL and restore its vibrancy so that it can continue to fulfil its historic mission. In the 1940s, the ANC was revitalized and became more militant in its actions and articulations. A key reason for this was the influence of the ANC Youth League whose leadership included giants such as Anton Lembede, its first president, Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu,” the ANC further said.

“Today, as we seek to consolidate the gains of our liberation struggle, the ANC continues to look up to its youth to once again play a leading role in the national effort to confront the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.”

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