Does current ANC -ruling party have a platform/strategy to groom young leaders?

2015-02-18 07:56

Given State of Nation Address (SONA) responses from opposition parties yesterday, I asked myself, does current ruling party have a platform/strategy to groom young leaders to match the likes of Maimane, Malema and etc.? At this juncture, these young men are engaged and addressed by those who they say they fought for freedom against apartheid regime. I’m of an opinion that these fellows (apartheid conquerors) played their roles well, but currently their strategies seem to be outdated.

They dwell too much on the past without painting clear a picture about the future. The very same freedom they claim victory was fought and won with support of youth involvement. Their “cockroach”, “We’ll rule until Jesus Christ comes” remarks are unfortunate, misguided and fuel unnecessary tensions. Also one wonders if will they one day accept defeat from opposition?

They need new blood to remain sound and relevant. Denying youth league with relevant oxygen to breathe will be harmful to the organization in a long run. Because majority of their youth are now busy with tenders while their counterparts are studying and debating the relevance of freedom charter, accountability, leadership crisis, moral and ethics, constitution violations, and etc.

To give their youth ministerial positions in government does not add more value to them, I think. They need to be on the ground, get first hand experiences on what is ‘new struggle’ all about. They need active young man and woman, because they are slowly losing touch with what is happening on the ground.

In no time, the vast majority of youth will be turning and looking up to opposition parties for sustainable solutions. Why? Because the ruling party is obsessed and enjoying majority power in parliament without a clear leadership successions plan (youth participation). Why? Because oppositions start to be perceived as having active young individuals who seem to be having better understanding on the current issues affecting this country, especially youth.

The “Maimane-Malema Partnership(MMP)” will haunt them for some time to come. So the obvious advice is, give youth league required oxygen to catch up before it is too late!!

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