ANC worried about loss of youth support to “EFF”

FILE PICTURE: ANC supporters at the Lucas Moripe stadium in Atteridgeville. Picture: Christine Vermooten

The ANC on Monday indirectly admitted it had lost huge youth support, following the formation of the “EFF.”

Without mentioning the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by name, ANC’s head of policy Jeff Radebe said at a briefing in Johannesburg the organisation had seen a trend of decline in youth support after the formation of what he called a “youth party”.

Radebe went on to say the deployment of cadres to key positions in government was not a flaw, but lamented the deployment of wrong people to wrong positions. He was speaking as part of the organisation’s preparations for the national general council to be held in 2015.

“Let’s admit that we have been facing challenges of the big chunk of youth leaving the organisation to form another party,” said Radebe.

“The fact that the ANC attained 62% of the votes in the 2014 general election means it is still a dominant party. But we have seen a trend in the decline of support and we are analysing it,” Radebe said.

Radebe called on the private sector to play a role in the development of the country’s economy. He said many of the service delivery protests were genuine, adding that government was dealing with any problem leading to the protests.

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