Are we about to witness ANC Youth League metamorphose into another political party? The Youth League is dissatisfied with ANC and is slightly becoming rebellious each day.
Recently, the ANC Youth League president, Collen Maine demanded of ANC to make way for younger leaders within the party to emerge leaders of the country. Maine said:
“We must not forget that the centre of all revolution is young people. They are the driver of revolutions. At some point we have to discuss the calibre of leaders who are capable of leading this change.
Let us not forget that South Africa is getting younger‚ and it is therefore logical that leadership of the ANC must get younger.”
Reports have it that his deputy, Desmond Moela re-echoed Maine’s demand. Moela said ANC have many old sleeping members in parliament and that they ought to be replaced with younger members who are energetic enough to protect ANC and defend South Africa.
Moela made the remarks in Pietermaritzburg while he was addressing a gathering recognizing the 40th anniversary of the June 16 uprising. Moela wailed:
“We have old people there in the national Parliament who are sleeping each and every day, while there are young people who have capacity to protect the organisation.”
It’s high time ANC’s leadership and South Africa is protected from power hungry thugs. ANCYL can’t do that if provisions are not made for them. They can’t do that outside Parliament, he explained.
According to him, ANC Youth League won’t stop demanding for a 40 percent representation of young members in all sectors of government. That, he said, is the sure way to ensure South Africa’s future is secure.
Julius Malema and his supporters, he said, “are just a small drop in the ocean. We are not worried about those thugs who went to the extent of stealing our policies.”
With that, he called on KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala who was at the gathering to discuss the issue with ANC’s national leaders so that the ANC Youth League functions effectively and deals with detractors.