ANCYL’s leadership move shot down

2010-09-24 07:13

The ANC Youth League’s push for a “generational mix” in the ANC’s top leadership structure was shot down by the ruling party’s national general council, with delegates emphasising the qualities of an individual rather than their age.

“What is important is to ensure that individual cadres are assessed in relation to what contribution they will make instead of representing a generation. Everybody has to pass through the eye of the needle,” read a statement released after the NGC discussed its organisational report, strategy and tactics and organisational renewal papers.

The principle of generational mix was already practice of the ANC, read the statement. “There should be more open discussions in the organisation to understand the different generations in our movement and their significant contribution to the revolution in the past and at the present.”

The ANCYL’s push for “generational mix” comes in the context of its support for its former president and now deputy police minister, Fikile Mbalula, to replace current secretary general Gwede Mantashe in the ANC’s 2012 leadership race.

The delegates also stood firm on the role of the leagues, the ANCYL, the women’s league and the veterans league.

“Presently issues raised in the ANC discourse include the autonomy of the leagues but traditionally, the league’s autonomy does not mean divergence of policies and practices from those of the ANC.

“The issue about autonomy of the leagues and their integration with the mother body needs to be understood even if it means recovering lost ground in political education.”

The delegates said all leagues “operated within the ANC’s strategy and policy framework” – this included issues of disciplinary measures against members and expulsion, the statement read.

League delegates at the NGC in Durban were dismayed at comments made by President Jacob Zuma in his political report on Monday. Zuma said the leagues were subject to ANC discipline, adding that the “ANC is not in alliance with its own leagues. Nor are the leagues alliance partners with the ANC.”

The ANC NGC further agreed that members electing to serve in the higher structures of the party should refrain from standing for elections in lower structures.

“This practice should be shunned and discouraged with immediate effect because it creates a culture amongst few comrades that there are no other capable cadres who can serve at other levels.”

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