DEL­E­GATES SPEAK THEIR MINDS ...

S’them­bile Cele spoke to nine ANC Youth League con­fer­ence del­e­gates about their ex­pec­ta­tions of the new lead­er­ship

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Phumlani Zulu (29)

eThek­wini

As young peo­ple, we looked around at our op­tions and saw [Collen] Maine as the per­fect fit. I was here dur­ing [Julius] Malema’s time and I think we were a strong league then. But things were only good up to a point. They started to fall apart when se­nior lead­ers of the ANC were be­ing in­sulted by Malema. The rad­i­cal el­e­ment must be joined by re­spect as well.

Vic­to­ria de Beer (31)

Free State

We ex­pect the new lead­er­ship to be vis­i­ble and play a ma­jor role in the up­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. They need to make sure young peo­ple vote for the ANC. Our great­est short­fall has been fail­ing to make a big enough push for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of poli­cies which di­rectly af­fect the youth. It is not enough for poli­cies to look good on pa­per.

Mo­jalefa Buti (31)

Free State

I am one of the peo­ple who sup­ported Malema dur­ing his time. But we learnt it is im­por­tant to sep­a­rate the char­ac­ter of the or­gan­i­sa­tion from the char­ac­ter of an in­di­vid­ual. A col­lec­tive char­ac­ter of this or­gan­i­sa­tion is mil­i­tancy that is bal­anced with dis­ci­pline. No one can rise above the ANC. No one can be clev­erer than the ANC.

Si­bonga Mh­longo (31)

KwaZulu-Natal

We came here to deal with doc­u­ments and look into amend­ments to be made to the Con­sti­tu­tion. As young peo­ple, we have a huge un­em­ploy­ment is­sue, so that is some­thing we need to ad­dress through poli­cies and the new lead­er­ship.

Pu­lane Miriam Secco (32)

North West

Maine must be rad­i­cal, but he must not in­sult any­one. He is the right per­son for the job be­cause we know of his lead­er­ship abil­ity. We now need to fo­cus on re­build­ing our youth. And the im­por­tant thing for me is ed­u­ca­tion. We need to push for bur­saries so that young peo­ple can learn.

Bet­tie Ntong (33)

North­ern Cape

I was not ex­pect­ing things to go as well as they have at this con­fer­ence. In the North­ern Cape, not a lot hap­pens. We get the sense that we are some­what ne­glected. There is a big is­sue of job­less­ness with the youth and that must be fixed. We want de­vel­op­ment and ed­u­ca­tion, not just public works pro­grammes. We want some­thing con­crete.

Akhe Beku (24)

Man­dela Metro

Con­fer­ence has gone well, though it is not what we ex­pected be­cause we backed Pule [Mabe]. I per­son­ally don’t think there is enough done to sup­port women, and to ad­dress gen­der in­equal­ity and the abuse of women. Un­for­tu­nately, I don’t think the league is ready for a fe­male pres­i­dent.

Christo van Wyk (30) North­ern Cape

We have waited so long for this con­fer­ence – so that we could choose a pres­i­dent – and we have fi­nally got it right. We have big is­sues with al­co­hol abuse and un­em­ploy­ment. The new lead­er­ship needs to ad­dress these is­sues soon. I be­lieve in Maine’s lead­er­ship and the other elected el­ders.

Mtombovuyo Gwayi (29)

Eastern Cape

We came here to do some se­ri­ous re­build­ing, as we have not had a leader since [for­mer] pres­i­dent Malema. We must now fo­cus on the fu­ture. More im­por­tantly, we need to ad­dress un­em­ploy­ment. I am an un­em­ployed youth and it is very dif­fi­cult.

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