- Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, recently addressed a crowd on the topic of the role of the ANCYL in today’s society
- Zuma told attendees that the ANCYL needs to back a president whose top concern is everyday citizens
- The ex-President went on to say that he believed that the ANCYL should separate themselves from the SA President, if party resolutions are not properly followed through
Former South African President, Jacob Zuma, recently gave the keynote address at an event which focused on the role of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in today’s society.
Zuma spoke at length about the importance of the ANCYL supporting a president who is less focused on the opinions of investors and more engaged with the experiences of every day South African citizens.
According to The Citizen, Zuma pushed the mandate of:
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“…uniting and leading young men and women in dealing with problems that face the youth, and to make a rich and full contribution to the life of the party.”
Briefly.co.za gleaned that the ex-SA President went on to encourage young ANC supporters to follow in the footsteps of those youths in past ANCYL who forged their own path in South African politics.
“The youth league of Mandela, Tambo and co, realising that the ANC was not moving in the right direction, said they were only going to support a candidate who undertook to implement a program of action which was in line with emancipating deprived South Africans,” Zuma told the crowd at the event.
The controversial former president also cautioned listeners against the ANCYL’s support of a leader whose focus does not go beyond an interest in policy and the opinions of investors.
Drawing on the actions of past ANCYL members, Zuma explained:
“They [the ANCYL] said among themselves, for us to achieve the policies and objectives we could not continue with the president at the time and needed someone who would implement the political program of the congress. It wasn’t a case of liking anyone but following a program to liberate themselves.”
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