- The African National Congress Youth League has spoken out about the factionalism within the mother body
- Newly-appointed convener Nonceba Mhlauli does not want the ANCYL to be drawn into the infighting
- Mhlauli wants the voices of the youth to be heard again and says she will work hard to keep other influences out of youth affairs
The newly-elected African National Congress Youth League leader Nonceba Mhlauli has spoken strongly against party leaders who use the youth league to "fight their factional battles". Mhlauli stated that the ANCYL had been used as a "pocket knife" by leaders.
She described the youth league as being used as a pocket knife that can be pulled out at anytime when there is infighting. Mhlauli says that the issues within the ANC and the ANCYL date back to 2008.
She attributes this to when the ANC's conference in the Free State collapsed. In 2008, Mhlauli was a 17-year-old student who was already part of the ANCYL.
A report by TimesLIVE revealed Mhlauli's perception of being labelled a supporter of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Mhlauli stated that she is a member of the ANCYL and the party as a whole. She added that she would work hard to change the perceptions people have of her.
Mhlauli spoke strongly about the change that needs to be made in the youth wing as she said that being divided does not "serve the interests" of young people within the country.
Mhlauli stated that the "mother body" was "deeply divided" and that the new task team that has been created will ensure that no one can influence the affairs of the youth in the organisation. She added that she wants the voices of the youth to be heard, again, this is according to SABC News.
In other news about the ruling party, Briefly News recently reported on former president Jacob Zuma wanting to help the ANC campaign for the local elections. According to ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile, former president Jacob Zuma will help the ruling party to campaign for the upcoming local elections.
Zuma will help despite the current friction between the former party president and the ANC. The local elections are set to take place in August and November this year.
The manner in which votes will be cast will be adjusted according to President Cyril Ramaphosa according to the SABC.
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