Songs with little substance

2014-12-07 15:00

The ANC Youth League became irrelevant a long time ago

I read with interest the article “Young Lions stayin’ alive” by Shaka Sisulu (City Press, November 30 2014).

I came to the conclusion that the writer, who serves on the ANC Youth League’s national task team, is economical with the facts.

His conclusions on the relevance of the league are based on anecdotes.

The league has become so irrelevant that I doubt it will ever get back into shape.

It has always been seen as the custodian of our future and this challenged it to always play a critical role in deepening our country’s democracy.

It is highly improbable that one can make this reference to today’s league, which has been reduced to a “desk” in the ANC.

If the league is deemed to be so relevant and is as strong as ever, why has it outsourced the thinking around the format of its recently held conference to the ANC and not its own membership?

Was this a silent admission that it does not have the capability to handle its own affairs?

The infighting, the rowdiness at every opportunity to disrupt its own conferences, and a failure to hold successful congresses at regional and provincial levels, leaves a lot to be desired.

I would like to plead with the membership of the league not to fold its hands in despair while this noble organisation is being hijacked by certain forces whose mission it is to become political pop stars.

The relevance of the league can only be measured against its contribution towards helping the country march with the rest of the world towards the liberation of humankind.

I call upon the league’s membership to take upon itself the cause for determining the future of this country, the need to galvanise other young people to be part of a politically transformed society, and to help inculcate the noble idea or desire in every member to put the interests of the organisation and country before personal ambitions.

This will be the greatest measure of its relevance, instead of taking the lead in chanting revolutionary songs and slogans.

Thabile Wonci


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