ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the party’s national executive committee (NEC) has thrown its weight behind the ANC Youth League national task team that is supposed to revive the moribund structure.
Magashule on Thursday afternoon introduced the newly appointed task team, which is dominated by women representatives.
The task team will be convened by Nonceba Mhlauli, with Joy Maimela serving as the coordinator. Magashule explained that Mhlauli’s role is equivalent to that of the president of the league, while Maimela will be filling the role of the secretary-general.
Stating that it was time for young people to handle their own affairs, Magashule said none of the people on the team was older than league’s cut-off age of 35.
“I can assure you that there is nobody who is over 35. We have full trust and we will give them the necessary support and space,” Magashule said at the briefing held at Luthuli House.
The ANC Youth League has plunged from crisis to crisis since Julius Malema and his leadership core left to form the EFF following his expulsion from the party and the suspension of the membership of some of his executives.
His successor Collen Maine ran the organisation into the ground, and the fractious structure has been unable to hold a successful elective conference since the end of his term. It has been run by a task team comprising old youth league leaders as well as NEC members who were supposed to revive it.
However that task team – whose members included the likes Faith Muthambi, Nomvula Mokonyane, Fikile Mbalula, Tandi Mahambehlala and Sibongile Besani – was often paralysed by the factional battles raging in the mother body, and its members were accused of using it as a power base for their own interests.
A group of youth league members calling themselves the Crisis Committee pushed hard for the disbandment of that team and called for young people to be at the helm of revitalising and rebuilding the league.
In its most recent meeting, the NEC adopted a recommendation from the national working committee that a preparatory youth league team be established consisting of members who are not older than 35.
The new task team will hold its first meeting at the weekend, when they will process the handover document from the previous task team. This will include the financial standing of the team.
Maimela said that the meeting would also be the space for the team to discuss their thoughts on the step-aside rule that has exacerbated the rift in the governing party over the past few months.