CALL ON YOUNG WHITES TO JOIN ANCYL

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THE ANC Youth League’s (ANCYL) poli­cies on the econ­omy and land do not mean that the or­gan­i­sa­tion only wants its mem­ber­ship to be dom­i­nated by black Africans, its out­go­ing sec­re­tary-gen­eral Njab­ulo Nzuza has said.

Young white South Africans need to join the or­gan­i­sa­tion in or­der for the true spirit of “non-racial­ism” to be re­flected through its mem­bers, he told News24 in an in­ter­view this week as the league marks 74 years.

Nzuza was re­flect­ing on the cur­rent lead­er­ship col­lec­tive’s ten­ure and shar­ing his views on the way for­ward ahead of the ANCYL’s na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence set for Oc­to­ber 18-21.

“The fact that we say bring back the land does not mean we hate white peo­ple — we are just say­ing let’s cor­rect the in­jus­tices of the past.”

He in­sisted that the league, like its mother body, could not ex­ist as just an or­gan­i­sa­tion for black Africans.

“Say­ing we want eco­nomic free­dom in our life­time, that we want the land from those who dis­pos­sessed it doesn’t mean we are say­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion must be dom­i­nated by just black Africans.”

The cur­rent lead­ers of the league have of­ten been crit­i­cised for lack­ing the vi­brancy shown by many of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s past lead­ers, and of be­ing for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s stooges.

They have also been la­belled as too old to lead the youth and have been ac­cused, by lead­ers in their own po­lit­i­cal party, of op­er­at­ing as “hench­men” do­ing the bid­ding of oth­ers in the ANC.

Nzuza, who is be­lieved to be in sup­port of out­go­ing trea­surer-gen­eral Reg­gie Nk­abinde’s bid for the ANCYL’s pres­i­dency, de­nied that he was back­ing any­one.

Nk­abinde’s com­pe­ti­tion is the fiery ANCYL KZN sec­re­tary Than­dux­olo Sa­belo. — News24.

“The fact that we say bring back the land does not mean we hate white peo­ple — we are just say­ing let’s cor­rect the in­jus­tices of the past.”

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