The ANC Youth League has called for an early elective congress following the poor performance of the ruling party in the 2016 local government elections.
It wants the party to urgently change direction and tactics.
In its statement released on Thursday, the league noted its concerns about the ruling party’s 8% drop in the last elections. It said this was mainly due to ANC voters staying away and opposition party voters showing up to vote.
They said the “White Supremacy Liberal agenda that is spearheaded by the Democratic Alliance” had been the greatest beneficiary. It said “the enemy” wanted to create disunity in the ANC, partly to destroy BEE and affirmative action.
It blamed the “tainting” of the ANC’s name on “people … busy drinking champagne and expensive whisky whilst they taint the name of our glorious movement. The ANC must now, more than ever, deal with the people who taint the image of the organisation those found guilty of corruption must be expelled from the organization.”
It wanted the structure of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) revised, specifically reduced in size. They want two deputy secretary-generals and a “DSG for Organisational Development and Organizing” to build organisational capacity”.
“There is a need for the ANC to review its cadreship deployment policy to ensure that we deploy cadres that will fully implement policy positions of the organization that will build a better life for our organization.
They slammed current secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
“The ANC must regenerate, and if it does not regenerate the situation will not improve. It is our view that the ANC must go to an early conference. We do not support the call made by the Gwede Mantashe of people resigning. If he wants to resign he must do so alone. The ANC Youth League believes that all the current NEC members must come to an early conference to account. The early conference must not be contested and there is a need to introduce Young leaders to the officials and the overall leadership contingent of the ANC.
“The ANC must reflect the demographics of the country. It cannot be that in the NEC there are only two people below the age of 40 and they are representing the ANC Youth League. This creates a disjoint with young people … the time for young people to negotiate with the old guard is over.
“This is not a time for populism but a time for the ANC to regenerate itself. This is not a time to cast doubt on each other but it is a time to note that the glorious movement of our people is under siege.”
The statement finished with: “It is time for the Young people of this country to realize that one of our greatest and most valuable asset that carries of our dreams and aspirations is in danger and Young people must unite and join the ANCYL and the ANC to lead a revolution to re-build re-energize and re-generate the ANC.”
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