Ramaphosa: ANCYL is the Parliament of young people - As it happened

2015-09-04 12:39

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the ANCYL to become the Parliament of young people in South Africa.


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04 Sep 14:09

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the ANCYL to become the Parliament of young people in South Africa.

Read on for how his speech unfolded...

04 Sep 14:07

“This congress must send clear message... it must say with confidence that this is our time, our time as the youth of the ANC have arrived.

“You must say this is now our time.

“This is your decade. This decade has been handed to you by your fore bearers.

“You have to write a story...”

And with that, Cyril Ramaphosa ends his speech, to much applause from the gathered delegates.

04 Sep 14:05

“Those leaders of old were motivated by one thing only: to be servants of our people.

“We should ask ourselves if the leaders we are going to choose will also be the type to say ‘all we want to do is serve our people’.”

04 Sep 14:05

“Those leaders of old were motivated by one thing only: to be servants of our people.

“We should ask ourselves if the leaders we are going to choose will also be the type to say ‘all we want to do is serve our people’.”

04 Sep 14:03
“You are walking in the footsteps of giants. You are standing on the shoulders of gigantic leaders.”

04 Sep 14:02

“Cast your eyes back and remember the calibre of leaders which preceded the leaders you are going to choose today.

“You have had giants of this movement lead the ANCYL in the past.”

04 Sep 14:00

“If you do not spend time involving yourself in the political education of our movement, you will not be the type of young person who giants of old have described.

“They must know their history. This history must occupy your thinking.”

04 Sep 13:59

Ramaphosa says what was expected from the young people in the 1940s still needs to be the same today.

“Young men and women of high moral integrity. Young men and women who are disciplined... and deeply immersed in the politics of our movement.”

04 Sep 13:58

“As we rebuild this ANCYL we would like to see a membership that sets the best example.

“It is in the ANCYL that you will find people who are on their best behaviour. We need warriors.”

04 Sep 13:57

“This ANCYL is not cheap,” Ramaphosa declares.

“Tendencies creeping in where money is being used to buy young people must come to an end. We must obliterate them.”

He recalls the oath people take when joining the ANC.

04 Sep 13:56
“It is not a vehicle for self-enrichment and patronage. It is not an ANCYL that is on sale. This ANCYL is not on sale to anybody.”

04 Sep 13:55
“It is out of your parliament that the youth of our country want to know that you will come up with ideas that will improve their lives."

04 Sep 13:55

“We persuade people through our argument... that is what the ANCYL has always been good at.

“The ANCYL is a parliament of young people of SA. You are the parliament of the youth of our country.

04 Sep 13:54

“Those who believe that aparthied can have a safe haven in these institutions must know it has no place.

“We want a militant ANCYL. That's what the ANC expects.”

04 Sep 13:52

“The ANCYL must build alliances with other organisations that have shared values.

Ramaphosa says everthing must be done to make sure that opportunities offered to young people are not be defined by race, ethnicity, gender, class or religion.

Ramaphosa talks about how young black people are being discriminated at universities.

“We must state... that there is no place for racism in institutions of higher learning in SA.”

04 Sep 13:48
“Those who insult the name of our President, must be engaged by the Youth League.”

04 Sep 13:47

“The youth league must make itself attractive to young people.

“We must be able to be the light that is shining and attract the moths.

“The ANCYL must be seen as the light to young people in our country.

“It needs to be present in places of learning, factories and farms.

“It must be on the radio, Twitter, Facebook, and 1000s of discussion groups around the country.

“It must be engaged in the battle of ideas.”

04 Sep 13:47

“It needs to occupy all spaces in our society," Ramaphosa continues to preach.

“There must be no space left unoccupied by the ANCYL.

“There must be no place where the ANCYL is not present.

“As people turn around a corner they must know that the ANCYL is present just as the ANC is present throughout the country.”

04 Sep 13:44

Ramaphosa now quoting Oliver Tambo: “We now live in an era where a lot of untruths are told by all and sundry.

“The ANCYL must make sure untruths are banned from the lexicon of the ANC language.

“It is the responsibility of the youth league to break down barriers of inclusion.”

04 Sep 13:41

Ramaphosa says the ANCYL must be a home of young people. A place that is welcoming, warm and filled with comfort.

“That is what the ANCYL must become once again.”

04 Sep 13:40

“Young people of this country are hungry for leadership, hungry for leadership.

“There is no other organisation that can provide the youth with hope.”

04 Sep 13:39
“This is the youth that will lead the knowledge economy. This is the Youth League that should attract highly educated young men and women. It should attract active industrialists. And yes, it must also attract the millionaires that delivered an ANC youth league baby yesterday.”

04 Sep 13:38

“Now we need to work together to ensure that these commitments and that young people become active participants in the economy of our country.

“There is great potential. We have this opportunity to harness energy, the creativity, and the vibrancy of young people in pursuit of sustainable economic growth.

“The Youth League needs to mobilise people to take advantage of the training opportunities that are available.

“These are opportunities that the ANCYL must keep on their radar screen.

“To go and study overseas? Yes. To go and contribute to our country. Yes.”

04 Sep 13:34
“We look to you to enrich our understanding of radical economic transformation and advance policies that will free our young people of a life of want. Young people must be involved in the implementation of the National Development Plan, ANC congress resolutions and the 2014 election manifesto.”

04 Sep 13:34

“We look at the youth to lead the struggle we now have to engage in - the economic struggle," says Ramaphosa.

“We look to this congress to provide direction, we look to young people.”

04 Sep 13:32

"We are all called upon to enter a new phase of struggle, a struggle for economic emancipation."

Ramaphosa says all resources and energy must be directed at economic freedom.

04 Sep 13:31

“The 25th national congress takes place at a crucial moment in our country's history.

“It takes place where unemployment continues to rise, particularly amongst young people.

“It takes place where inequality is increasing.

“It takes place where the whole world is undergoing hard, economic circumstances.”

04 Sep 13:30

"If we are to build a stronger more coherent national liberation movement, we need to heed the lessons we have learnt.

"Whenever we see signs of indiscipline in our structure, we are required to act immediately, and not wait.

"Whenever we see deviant behaviour, behaviour that deviates from the values of the ANC, we are required to act immediately, and stop those actions."

04 Sep 13:28
"Those who run to the courts, love themselves more than the youth league."

04 Sep 13:27
"We cannot allow the Youth League to be run by the courts," Ramaphosa exclaims.

04 Sep 13:27

"We want to congratulate on your perseverance. You've all indeed faced many obstacles on the way to arriving here.

"There are those that thought this congress would not proceed.

"Court challenges, democratic organisational processes are creeping in, and there is a danger of having the Youth League run by the courts."

04 Sep 13:25
"The current leadership has truly delivered on the mandate they were given," he says to applause from the crowd.

04 Sep 13:23

"I wish you well, as you hold your congress," Ramaphosa states.

"We applaud the Youth League for undertaking the task of rebuilding and revitalising the ANCYL. It has such a glorious history."

04 Sep 13:22
Ramaphosa greets all the delegates present at the venue, including the respective leaders of the ANCYL and distinguished guests.

04 Sep 13:21

Cyril Ramaphosa has finally gotten up to speak...

"Roar young lions, roar!" he says as delegates bang their fists on the tables.

04 Sep 13:20

04 Sep 13:06
Ramaphosa sits on stage waiting to address delegates.

04 Sep 13:02
Gigaba goes through some rules - no hissing, haggling or booing of any delegates. No singing of divisive songs. "Let's show the country the ANCYL means business," he says.

04 Sep 13:01
Malusi Gigaba says: We're going to give the country the youth league it deserves.

04 Sep 12:51
Ramaphosa, flanked by other ANC top dogs such as Fikile Mbalula and Nathi Mthethwa walks into the hall to address delegates.

04 Sep 12:39

04 Sep 12:39

04 Sep 12:39

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will address delegates at the ANC Youth League's long-awaited national congress in Midrand on Friday.

The congress is more than two years after its leadership structures were disbanded.

The three-day congress will, among other things, elect new leaders.

The ANCYL has not had a president since its leadership structures were disbanded by the ANC in 2013.

The congress was initially meant to be held in December last year but at the last minute it was converted to a consultative congress leaving many members disappointed.

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