ANCYL calls for youth unit in eThekwini

2013-09-12 00:00

THE ANC Youth League wants the eThekwini Metro to establish a fully-fledged youth department that will deal with issues concerning young people.

The youth body’s interim leaders made this call at a media briefing held by the regional task team (RTT) at a media breakfast held in Durban yesterday.

They also promised to round up support for the ANC so they can get 90% of votes in eThekwini in the next general election, hinting that a “high-profile picnic” with President Jacob Zuma on the beach is also on the cards.

“We wish to call upon the mayor of eThekwini Municipality to establish not just an office of youth development but a full capacity unit for youth affairs by the end of this financial year in order to co-ordinate all programmes and activities of aimed at advancing the lives of our youth,” RTT convenor Sthe Mshengu said.

Provincial leader Nontembeko Boyce said it was disappointing that the eThekwini Municipality has had no youth department despite other municipalities having done so.

RTT co-ordinator Thanduxolo Sabela said they are canvassing and lobbying the leadership and structures of the ANC, emphasising that the youth department should be up and running by next March.

RTT member Khanyisani Shandu said eThekwini metro should ensure that “economic freedom in our lifetime” benefited young people in its R35 billion budget.

He also said a percentage of how much went towards youth programmes must be spelled out, and there should be a drive to produce new entrepreneurs from within the ranks of the youth.

eThekwini municipality spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng did not respond at the time of going to press.

• In another development, the eThekwini ANCYL, set to hold elective conference in December, will focus on the “born-frees” – children who were born after 1990 after the release of former president Nelson Mandela.

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