ANCYL disbandment ‘long overdue’

2013-03-20 00:00

A MEMBER of the disbanded ANC Youth League national executive committee, Rachel Soobiah, has welcomed its disbandment, saying it was “long overdue”.

Soobiah, of Northdale, said: “In fact the disbandment of the ANCYL NEC should have been done last year.”

Soobiah was speaking to The Witness after a meeting at which the ANC summoned all the youth league NEC members to Luthuli House yesterday to officially tell them that they had been disbanded.

“As a youth league collective we had failed the youth of this country because we focused more on Julius Malema’s national disciplinary committee matters and the ANC leadership, a task which is not ours,” said Soobiah.

“Had the YL not been disbanded now, I wonder what the future generation would have behaved like.”

She acknowledged that during their term they should have focused more on issues of youth unemployment and creating programmes in all the regions that would address challenges facing the young people in the country.

“We should have put more pressure on the National Youth Development Agency to come up with relevant programmes to develop the youth. I’m hoping that the next youth league NEC will pay more attention to youth development and forget about the leadership battles of the ANC …”

She urged the next youth leadership to fight corruption.

For Soobiah it is back to her branch in Ward 31, where she is a PR councillor. “No stress for me because I have learnt a lot as a YL NEC member and now I have more to do and offer in my Moses Mabhida Region,” she said.

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