Mthethwa: We sorely missed the ANCYL

2015-06-07 17:07


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Port Shepstone - ANC National Executive Committee member Nathi Mthethwa told the Youth League Congress in KwaZulu-Natal that the Young Lions had been sorely missed by the party. Mthethwa was speaking at the Ugu Sports and Leisure in Port Shepstone on Sunday, 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. The first day of the congress was marred by violence, disruptions and delays as six branches were excluded from the voting process. 

“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.

In his lecture, Mthethwa told the gathering to take a page out of the youth league of the past.

“The formation of the ANCYL was not an accident, it was a well thought through and calculated move by the ANC because members felt that there had to be some organisational platform where matters of the youth could be taken up,” he said.

Mthethwa 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 there 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 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 our 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 leagues mission.”

He told the gathering that the life of the youth league was one that was courageous, devoted to the struggle and 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. This would mean that we would have failed as leaders to pass on the baton.

“You as the cutting edge of the party need to vow to do everything in your power to revive the ANCYL. You must vow today to fight corruption in the party. Let us take the ANCYL back to where it was,” said Mthethwa.

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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