Saddened by the ruling party’s poor performance in the municipal election, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) has urged the ANC to convene an early national conference where new leadership would be elected.
Speaking in a statement, the league pleaded for a change in direction and tactics so that the ANC will win back people’s support and love ahead of 2019 general elections.
Furthermore, the league said it found out that ANC supporters developed cold feet towards voting while supporters of rival parties voted massively across many polling stations in the country.
“We want an elective conference, that’s why we are calling for an early conference.
A conference, in any event, is due in December 2017. We are saying if we could have it June that would be better because it would give use more time to recover towards elections in 2019,” the league’s Mondli Mkhize said.
Mkhize described the “White Supremacy Liberal agenda that is spearheaded by the Democratic Alliance” as one of the greatest beneficiaries that towered the opposition to victory.
They also bewailed the loss of three key metros – the City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Greater Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni; which they described as the administrative capital of the country.
The Youth League emphasized that its interest is in the 8% decline recorded by the ruling party despite securing 53.91% of the total votes throughout the country and having secured control of more than 75.5% of the total municipalities.
Taking on ANC’ secretary-general; Gwede Mantashe, the African National Congress Youth League slammed him for encouraging aggrieved members of the ANC to resign. They bluntly told him to resign “alone” whenever he’s fed up with the party.