The past weeks were hectic for the ruling ANC as many voices called for Zuma and the entire members of the national Executive council to step down.
While this is still on, the party’s youth wing, ANCYL calls for a power-change-hands between the old guards and the youth.
The ANCYL in the Eastern Cape advocates for a review of the “retirement age” within ANC structures so the older ones would pass the baton to the youths.
The party’s supporters withdrew their supports during the 2016 local elections for several reasons, including social distance, factional fights, poor service delivery, ill-informed demarcation of municipal areas, corruption, and Gupta influence among many other issues yet to be resolved.
To this fact, the league’s provincial secretary Butsha Lali said these can only be reviewed when older members give room for the youth to take part in the leadership roles.
Lali further noted that during the league’s next national conference, they will push for a review of the “retirement age” for people to be deployed in leadership positions and in government posts.
More to this, the ANCYL calls for a total review of the party structure, saying it was time for the younger generation to take centre-stage in leading the ANC, calling for “the retirement age for deployment”, to be reconsidered to align with the 60 to 65 years bracket for old-age retirement.
“In terms of leadership renewal, it is time that young people find expression with regards to leadership of the ANC.
This is critical in addressing the issue of legacy, so that we take upon ourselves to determine our future, because currently, structures do not represent the aspirations of young people,” said Lali.
Speaking after the party’s provincial executive committee meeting in King William’s Town, Lali said while things are becoming younger, it is not the case in the ANC, and that needs to change”.
Lali also laments that while SA retirement age stands at 60 for females and 65 for males, older people are still deployed even in government. ‘This has to equally stop’ he added.
Meanwhile, Motshekga, an ANC national executive committee member said (in what seems to be a support of ANCYL’s call), that the party does not need an early elective or consultative conference to renew itself.
He said all it needs is that the current leadership enforces the constitution, resolutions and decisions of the organisation and returns it to the people as a coherent organisation.
“This organisational coherence can be achieved by restoration of the principle of democratic centralism” he said.