- Young South Africans have come forward to call for the disbanding of ANCYL and removal of ANCYL leader, Collen Maine
- Political youth in KZN, headed by Ntuthuko Makhombothi, have joined forces with other SA provinces to demand that Maine be pushed out of his position
- Makhombothi pointed out that the majority of the ANC NEC are over the age of 35 and do not have the SA youth’s best interests at heart
A group of young political thinkers are gunning for the removal of Collen Maine as the leader of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), as well as the disbanding of the organisation in its current form.
Lead by Ntuthuko Makhombothi, a Kwa-Zulu Natal group of youths is teaming up with other provinces to call for the removal of Maine.
Makhombothi wants Maine and his secretary general, Njabulo Nzaza, to know that their constitutional mandate expired in September in 2018, IOL reported.
The young leader also made a valid point regarding the lack of youth within the ANCYL:
“The vast majority of the members of NEC are over the age of 35 and there are very few who are under 35; in fact, there is not even 10 of them who are under 35,” Makhombothi explained.
Makhombothi also pointed out that the ANCYL had failed to encourage the youth to rally behind the group, and, by extension, had therefore failed to encourage young South Africans to vote ANC.
“Of those who did vote, a lot of them didn’t vote for the ANC. Now you can see that the ANCYL is not playing that critical role of being a voice of the ANC to young people,” Makhombothi said.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the ANCYL provincial secretary for KZN, Thanduxolo Sabelo, cautioned patience when it came to these calls to dismantle the league.
“They must just wait for the processes of the ANC; the ANC will guide us on what is to happen to the youth league as we move forward,” Sabelo said.
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