ANCYL guns for top posts

2010-11-17 00:00

THE ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Moses Mabhida region wants a “generational mix” in the running of the seven municipalities that form the uMgungundlovu District Municipality, including the district council.

The league’s local chairperson, Fana Lembethe, told The Witness yesterday that the youth league will approach the ANC in the region and demand that after next year’s local government elections the league’s members must be deployed to senior positions, becoming mayors, deputy mayors or council speakers.

He said they want their members to be appointed to the executive committees in the eight municipalities: Msunduzi, uMngeni, uMshwati, Mkhambathini, Richmond, Impendle, Mpofanaand uMgungundlovu.

Lembethe said they will engage the provincial ANCYL leadership to approach the ANC’s provincial executive committee and convey their vision to the provincial leadership.

The call by the local ANCYL comes against the backdrop of President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle last month, in which ministers who came through the ranks of the youth league, Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba, were promoted to senior positions in government. The promotion of the former youth league presidents was seen as a shot in the arm for the ANCYL, which for months has been calling for a “generational mix” in the ANC and government leadership positions.

Lembethe said they want the youth to be placed in these positions to prioritise and advance the needs of young people within the uMgungundlovu District.

He said young people made up the majority of voters in the 2009 elections and yet most are unemployed. Besides, most of the members of the Moses Mabhida region are young people.

“We have comrades who are matured politically, who can fulfil the requirements of these positions. These are passionate comrades at heart for development. The youth needs a voice in higher positions in municipalities,” he said.

Lembethe said the youth need to be employed, be able to sustain themselves financially, and participate in economic development in their municipalities.

“If the ANC region sees [this vision] differently from our view, it’ll be discussed but we are strongly convinced that it will be accepted by the region.”

The local ANCYL will also be meeting provincial government departments next week to urge them to establish sections within the departments dedicated to youth issues.

Lembethe said youth managers and youth co-ordinators in the local municipalities need to be younger than 35 years so that they can be in touch with youth issues. He said that the youth they want to occupy these senior positions need not be seduced by the status of these positions.

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