ANCYL task team to assess structures

By Drum Digital
30 April 2013

The ANCYL national task team (NTT) will visit the organisation's structures around the country to determine how it should be rebuilt, it said on Tuesday.

"The NTT accepts that the responsibility of building quality branches will not be easy," NTT convenor Mzwandile Masina told reporters in Johannesburg.

"The NTT will be visiting the various provinces to engage provincial leadership and general membership to apprise itself of... challenges."

After the assessment, the NTT would audit, verify, and convene relevant congresses, including a national congress.

Masina said the NTT had a strategy to rebuild weak branches or provinces.

"We must say that no provinces are going to be disbanded. We are not going to have a one size fits all strategy for provinces."

It was not certain when the NTT would conclude its work.

"Whether we are here before or after the [national] election, only time will tell."

He said all African National Congress Youth League provincial chairs and secretaries had pledged loyalty to the NTT at a meeting on April 28, and he denied "faceless rumours" that the meeting was in disarray.

"I must just say on record that our first meeting was characterised by robust debate. All the things that have been reported outside this do not form part of the meeting that we participated in," he said.

"[However]... there is no intention from the side of this new leadership to tame young lions in the country in terms of engaging vigorously."

He said the NTT had appointed a national working task team (NWTT) within the NTT. It would be responsible for the daily running of the ANCYL.

The NWTT's members are Masina, co-ordinator Magasela Mzobe, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Bandile Masaku, Maropene Ntuli, Mawethu Rune, Nomvuyo Mhlakaza-Manamela, Bridget Mogakwe-Seokamo, and Johan Mkhatshwa.

Mzobe said none of the provincial leaders had sided with expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema at the meeting.

"All members are pro-youth league rather than pro-Malema. There is no one who said they belong to a Malema organisation or Malema youth league."

Mzobe said some members might still have grievances because of "personal feelings" for Malema, but the NTT would explain the need for discipline in the organisation.

"We don't feel any threats. We feel strongly that we are in charge and we are not imagining that."

Mzobe denied that the NTT's members were appointed because of their support for a faction in the ANC aligned to President Jacob Zuma.

He said its members were appointed because of their "activism profiles".

"Anyone who lobbied for President Zuma or any other candidate [at the national conference in Mangaung] is expected to dissolve that lobby team after the conference and rally behind the ANC [leadership] that was elected."

The ANC's national executive committee disbanded the ANCYL's national leadership in March. ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe announced the 22-member NTT in April.

Mantashe said the NTT would rebuild the league's structures.

-by Sapa

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