The ANC national youth task team, which was set up to assist the youth league to organise the overdue national conference and elect leaders, has failed to deliver on this mandate.
Youth league members have complained that those appointed have done very little since they were given the task almost a year ago.
Members of the task team were deployed in October last year in provinces to oversee organisational structures and revive the party. However, this has not happened according to one of its members.
“We were supposed to do political education and help them go to conferences. We were supposed to have the conference at the end of April,” said the task member who asked to remain anonymous.
Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula are among the senior ANC members who had to ensure that programmes are executed in various provinces.
In February this year, a meeting where provincial conveners were due to give feedback was futile as they had not done the groundwork they were supposed to.
City Press understands that the programmes were only rolled out in one province. The task team member said there had been no other meetings since February.
“There have been no meetings since then. We have not even discussed important calendar dates,” said the member.
The league’s 76th anniversary celebrations earlier this month were overshadowed by quarrels between the task team and the league members fed-up with the delays. They asked that the task team be disbanded to make way for younger members to steer the organisation in the right direction.
League member Luzuko Bashman has been part of the group at the forefront of the protests against the task team. He strongly believes that it does not make sense for the task team to be led by older members of the governing party.
“We are calling for a dissolution of the task team because they fall outside the ANC’s constitutional definition of youth. In section 7.4 of the constitution, it says that the youth is between 14 and 35.
“How are they going to be held accountable for rebuilding the youth league when they fall outside of the constitutional requirements to be members?” said Bashman.
He is part of a group of concerned league members who wrote to Luthuli House requesting that the task team be disbanded as it had failed to bring change required.
Task team spokesperson Sizo Mkhize said while she could not comment on whether or not the calls to disband are appropriate, their main focus was to rebuild the league.
Mkhize said she would not validate “faceless gossip mongers” by responding to the team’s failure to deliver.
“We were appointed by the ANC to rebuild the ANCYL and that’s our focus. The task team has managed to deal with what was the greatest stumbling block for the previous national executive committee – which is the organisation’s liquidation.
“The task team has been able to embark on programmes reviving the youth league to finally take it to congress. By the time the country got subjected to the lockdown, we had already had dates and a venue booked for the national congress,” Mkhize said.
She said the plan was to ensure that regional congresses are held and members were ready for them.
The league was due to elect new leaders in March but that was postponed to June. However, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, it was again shelved.