The African National Congress (ANC) is making every possible move for its leaders to stand out academically and otherwise.
It’s no news that President Jacob Zuma has no formal education – a fact that our honourable president has never felt bad about.
Though many see it as immaterial – whether Zuma is educated or not; however, many prominent and well-educated bigwigs in the ANC have taken a strong stance on education among its leaders.
One of such being ANC Youth League provincial chairman in Mpumalanga, Tim Mashele.
Speaking on Wednesday during an ANCYL election, Mashele instructed all provincial executive committee and regional executive committee members to brush up themselves by furthering their education in higher institutions of learning.
He said: “No member should lead young people without education. The emphasis is for members to register to study further. The skills revolution must start with us.”
Mashele, advised that the newly-elected officials must not get stuck at one level of academic qualification; rather rooms should be created for higher knowledge and learning.
“We want them to be diverse and register for whatever qualification they deem fit. This is to encourage the youth in the province to take education seriously.”
He noted that the Mpumalanga ANC has always pioneered new policy changes in the party. One such policy, he said, was the 40% representation of youth in all levels of government.
“We want to bring back the culture of learning in our youth and that should start with us. Mpumalanga starts everything … the 40% started here,” he added.
Recently, the ANC Youth League in the province elected new leaders.
The following members were elected: Tim Mashele (chairman); Trevor Nkosi (deputy chairman); Pholoso Mbatsane (secretary); Sonto Mnguni-Malepeng (deputy secretary) and Sam Masango (treasurer).
The league’s secretary, who commented on the issue said the league’s decision to have academically sound leaders is because there will be a time when people will refuse to be led by uneducated leaders.