ANCYL's elective congress will take place in September - Mbalula

2015-08-20 14:28


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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League's much-anticipated elective congress will take place from September 4 to 6 in Midrand, the national task team said on Thursday.

"We can now say we are on track," the task team's convener, Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, told reporters in Johannesburg. He also gave an undertaking to fix what was wrong in the youth league.

The names of the candidates contesting leadership positions will be announced within a week. The elective congress will be "completely transparent", Mbalula said.

The ANCYL has gone through an period of degeneration, during which members had descended into an era of "crass materialism", he said, and this needed to be corrected.

"Rebuilding the youth league is an urgent and strategic practice for the ANC itself."

The elected ANCYL leadership will need to question the reason for the organisation's existence as well as its role within the mother body.

"There is a reason why the ANC Youth League has survived for seven decades," the task team's national co-ordinator, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, said.

But it was important to undo the anarchy and ill-discipline in the league, he said.

There was a misconception within youth league ranks that being vulgar was equivalent to being militant and revolutionary, Mthethwa said.

"We are trying to cure a particular mischief - the weakening of the ANC Youth League - which came about from negligent misunderstanding of what the youth league is about with regard to the ANC.

"We have embarked on a process to undo that which is wrong in the youth league," he said.

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