Mchunu pledges ANC support to rebuild its youth league

2013-09-16 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu said at the weekend the ruling party should occupy each and every space within the province, including the erstwhile “no-go” areas like Umlazi and Clermont.

These areas have been traditional strongholds for other parties.

Speaking at a rally on Saturday to mark the 69th anniversary of the ANCYL at Curries Fountain in Durban, Mchunu pledged the ANC’s support in the process of rebuilding the ANCYL.

Also attending were former ANC Youth League president and now Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, and National Task Team co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe, among others.

Mchunu called on the ANC Youth League to ensure that the ruling party reclaimed those “no-go” areas and won votes that were sought by many organisations in KZN.

“Our message to the ANC Youth League is that the ANC was not welcomed in Umlazi, Clermont and other areas and we need to change that.”

Mchunu also called on youths to use their energy to study as much as they could because education was the most important weapon provided by the democaratic government.

Mchunu said the characteristics of discipline of the ANC Youth League, which were evident when it was formed in 1944, were again needed.

At the same time, he urged the youth body to come up with new programmes that sought to produce lawyers, accountants, doctors and people who could be of service to the community.

Mchunu also urged the party’s volunteers to be disciplined and help defend the ANC as they head for the general elections.

He said unity within the ANC, in all its regions, was needed.

“These elections require unity. If we are not united, the enemy will take advantage of the situation,” Mchunu said.

He also took a swipe at some of the opposition parties, saying there was no future without the ANC. “The role of ANC Youth League is to bring young people closer to the ANC to ensure that they have a future.”

Mbalula said it was a duty of every ANC member to defend the ANC. “We are committed to defending the ANC because it is our home. We support the leadership that was elected in Mangaung.

“Undermining the leadership will mean that we are undermining the movement. We call on our people not to be swayed by other political parties.

“These parties do not carry the vision that the ANC has carried for years,” he said.

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