ANC Youth League’s Task Team member Kolobe Mamabolo has voiced confidence in the newly appointed team tasked with resuscitating the organisation, saying they believe young people will have the ability to speak on behalf of the country’s youth.
The appointments were announced during the week following an ANC NEC meeting which agreed on a list of young people who can help prepare for its elective conference.
ANCYL branches embarked on marches to ANC head offices last year, calling on older generations to step down from positions of power in the League.
Mamabolo says young people can relate to each other.
“We are very happy because young people can associate with young people, unlike when our matters are being held by old people who also have their own issues to handle. We believe in them because they are young people and they will be able to rebuild the ANCYL. We appreciate the fact that now we can have the voice of the young people who will be able to speak for the youth of the country.”
— African National Congress (@MYANC) April 8, 2021
Meanwhile, the Young Communist League says it will support the leadership of the newly established ANC Youth League.
YCL National Secretary, Tinyiko Ntini, has urged the Youth League not to be drawn into factional battles.
“If one body part is limping or is having challenges it affects the entire youth progressive formations and in this case obviously we will play our support. We will work very close to the appointed leadership and indeed we just hope that they are not going to allow us to be drawn into the factional battles of the congress movement that we have already seen this weekend. They are just having their first meeting and we are waiting in anticipation for the resolutions that will come out of the meeting and we hope that it will be something that pursues the agenda of young people.”
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