- A young man with his hat in the ring as hopeful ANCYL President, has joined those critical of the youth league’s leadership
- Ndumiso Mokako accused the organisation of taking too much control over the future leadership of the party and focusing on the past too much
- Mokako speaking at an event in Elukwatini, Mpumalanga, on Wednesday to honour the lives of three of the liberation movement's heroes refused to speak about the heroes being honoured
Those expecting to hear about the lives of Solomon Mahlangu, OR Tambo, or Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at an event on Wednesday in Elukwatini, instead were treated to a barrage of criticisms of ANCYL leadership.
Briefly.co.za gathers that the event was intended to honour the liberation movement's heroes’ lives.
Instead of the intended accolades Ndumiso Mokako said the organisation was being selective in its support of individuals.
Accusing the league of excessive gatekeeping which sidelines anyone holding a different view to the leadership, Mokako refused to dwell on the sacrifices made by Solomon Mahlangu, OR Tambo, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Mokako told those attending he wasn’t prepared to "waste" their time on stories they could look up in biographies and historical archives. Instead he voiced a belief that the only claim ANCYL leadership had to their positions was their unwavering loyalty to the old guard.
"Your presence here is a protest against the culture of being forced by old people to elect ANCYL leaders who have no resonance with the values, principles and traditions of the ANCYL," said Mokako.
His attack on the ANCYL runs parallel to that experssed in an open letter to the youth league president, Collen Maine by ANC NEC member Rhulani Thembi Siweya.
Siweya described Maine’s behaviour as “alien” to the movement.
Criticism against Maine
ANCYL president has faced criticism from every angel after his confession to having met the Gupta family through an introdcution by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo.
Maine, spoke up suddenly while honouring Madikizela-Mandela this month. Maine has indicated he will account for his relationship with the notorious family, accused of looting the state controlling former president Jacob Zuma.
Maine’s confession also inspired, YL deputy secretary general, Thandi Morake to use a platform meant to honour the fallen hero to rather call Maine a liar and a sell-out over his admission that he had gone to meet with the Gupta family.
In not singling out a specific leader of the league but rather painting the entire collective as problematic with the same brush, Mokako even criticised himself.
"Your presence here is a protest against an ANCYL leadership that only speaks and marches when they are defending certain leaders of the ANC or pronouncing them for leadership positions, but hardly speak about the injustices young people are subjected to on a daily basis," said Mokako.
In Mokako’s opinion, the league had veered from its purpose. He claimed it no longer dealt with youth issues but rather acted as glorified "praise singers" and "drum majorettes" for individuals.
Only old leaders
Mokako asked why youth in the ANC seemed content to see leadership positions in the central and provincial government only go to the older generation.
As part of his argument he cited how the youth league was completely overlooked in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet shortly after taking office in February. Mokako said the ANC has continually spoken about the need for a generational mix yet acted contrary to that purpose.
A contingent of the ANCYL seem to think Mokako would serve as an ideal candidate to succeed Maine when his term of office expires in September.
However, the ruling party’s NEC passed a decision to bring the league’s conference forward to June despite planning for the conference reportedly moving at a snail's pace.
Others being named as possible contenders to take over from Maine are treasurer, Reggie Nkabinde, and KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabela.
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