The leader of the ANC Youth League wants 'old blood' replaced with the new, citing former youth league heads as the preferred contenders for the presidency. Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbabula and even Collen Maine himself are among the faces the ANCYL would like leading the party.
During a gathering of SASCO students and ANCYL members, Collen Maine, president of the Youth League, explained that he wants the 'old blood' in the ANC replaced with members of his league.
According to The Citizen, Maine would like former youth league leaders such as Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbabula and 'preferably' himself to contend for presidency.
“We must continue today that after President Ramaphosa one of this generation I’ve spoken about: Malusi Gigaba, Lulu Johnson, Fikile Mbalula and myself, one of us must be president and preferably myself.”
Maine appears to be fighting for his wing of the ANC to stay relevant and for the youth to be taken seriously as leaders.
The ANCYL leader claims that 'old blood' in the party has 'reached a ceiling'. Maine is adamant that people shouldn't be elected simply for appearing 'too much on TV'.
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“They enjoy being madams and chiefs because when you’re ministers and MECs, civil servants call you chief or madam and you enjoy that and you forget about the manifesto of the ANC, particularly as it relates to youth development.”
Maine has admitted that even he should step down and make room for young blood in the party. He explained that the youth league could not afford to have a president who is too old to resonate with the views of the youth.
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