DA needs to be punchier - Youth leader

2013-05-05 18:02

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Johannesburg - Newly-elected DA Youth leader Mbali Ntuli says the party needs to be "punchier", City Press reported on Sunday.

"We need to be a bit punchier as a party," Ntuli told the newspaper.

"We should be discussing hard issues like marijuana, drugs, alternative housing solutions. Give people housing materials so that they can build their own homes. Cut out the middle man."

She said the country was stuck doing things the same way.

"What we need is something different."

Ntuli, 25, was elected at the Democratic Alliance Youth's conference in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Saturday.

She was first elected as chair when the structure was founded in 2010 and was a councillor in the eThekwini metro.

Ntuli owns an events company and is a taxi boss, according to the report.

She owns two taxis, inherited from her father, Big Ben Ntuli, who was one of the biggest taxi bosses in the area. He was killed for his business interests when his daughter was eight.

Ntuli told the newspaper the DA Youth wanted to gain more autonomy from the mother party so it could pursue youth issues and make itself more attractive to youngsters.

She said the youth structure had spent much time building its structures since 2010, with very few resources.

According to the report the DA Youth, at the end of its conference, discussed resolutions that would allow it to do its own fundraising under the party's strict rules and provide for remuneration for its leaders and officials.

- SAPA
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