Glad to have Young Lions back

2015-06-11 06:00

ANC national executive committee member Nathi Mthethwa told the Youth League Congress in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday that the Young Lions had been sorely missed by the party.

Mthethwa was speaking at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Port Shepstone, where the two-day elective congress was taking place.

The ANC announced that Umvoti Mayor Thami Ngubane had won the controversial election by an overwhelming majority.

“I am so glad to have the Young Lions back in the leadership. We really missed you. The ANC was dying - we were putting out one fire after another. We are really happy you are back,” said Mthethwa.

Mthethwa told the gathering to take a page out of the youth league’s book of the past. He said the formation of the Youth League changed the ANC from being an organisation of mass support to an organisation of mass mobilisation.

“The ANCYL in the past always had a programme of action and they went about discovering their mission for themselves. Their mission was Freedom in our Lifetime.

“Our forbearers were disciplined. Discipline doesn’t mean that you sit there at the back and you watch as things go wrong in the organisation.

“To me to sit and say nothing is ill-discipline.”

Mthethwa said.

“They never raised their voices in the ANC. They raised their points of arguments with substance.

“When somebody takes the platform and says vulgar things, people think that is revolutionary.

“That is not revolutionary - it is anarchy in the highest order because there is no substance.”

He said the youth league was never afraid to engage fiercely with the ANC.

“Any revolutionary organisation that respects itself, respects its youth because it’s youth is a direct reflection of its survival. The youth league of the ANC, back then, identified its mission and said ours is achieving Economic Freedom in our Lifetime, this mission does not belong to one person and it does not belong to Julius Malema. It is the youth league’s mission.”

He told the gathering that the life of the youth league was one that was courageous, devoted to the struggle and had a love for the people.

“When the liberation movement was banned, it was the youth wing that swelled - Umkhonto WeSizwe.

“The youth league of the past always intervened in decisive moments. Remember there were no tenders in the past, it was devotion. It doesn’t mean that there were no resources in the past and those that misused the resources faced the full might of the law.”

Mthethwa said he was happy that new leadership had been elected.

“The ANC never imagined in its wildest dreams that the ANCYL would be disbanded. This must never happen again.” - News24.

Violent start to new league

The first day of the KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League congress was marred with violence, disruptions and delays.

It was scheduled to begin at 1 pm on Saturday, but only started in the early hours of yesterday morning, after disgruntled members were barred from entering the gates because they were causing disruptions.

On Saturday night police formed a wall in front of the gate, preventing the disgruntled members from entering the venue.

Shortly after that police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse visibly intoxicated members who tried to force their way in.

Two people were allegedly shot with rubber bullets during a standoff between the police and the disgruntled members.

Provincial ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu lambasted the ANCYL during his opening address.

“We started the day on a very slow start, this is disappointing. The conference was organised to start at 1am, it is now midnight. This is the conference of the youth league, it should have started on time.

Mchunu said he was aware of reports that a group stormed the administration building during registration and “took some of the material”.

“Some of the comrades were allegedly threatened and attacked with violence. I condemn this kind of activities in the strongest terms. ANC meetings are supposed to be a festival of ideas.”

KwaZulu-Natal ANC Youth League top five:

Chairperson – Thami Ngubane

Deputy chairperson – Kwazi Mshengu

Provincial secretary – Thanduxolo Sabela

Deputy secretary – Sibongile Khathi

Treasurer – Siyabonga Nene

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