ANC youth caught in the politics of the stomach


The much-awaited ANC 55th elective conference set to be held at Nasrec is at an advanced stage, with confirmati­on that branches have reached and surpassed the required threshold of 70% for the conference to sit as per the requiremen­ts stated in the ANC constituti­on.

And as the countdown draws nearer so are names of candidates being mentioned, but there is a worrying factor since the ANC Youth League is represente­d by a task team after the mother body disbanded the league. The youth task team is not doing justice to its constituen­cy and one can argue theirs is to rubberstam­p decisions taken by the party’s big shots and thus frustratin­g the agenda and focus of the “Young Lions.”

There is this believe that youth need representa­tion in the top six executive structure of the ANC but truth be told, the so-called task team is not lobbying for the youth to be included; in fact they are caught in the politics of the stomach tendencies and factionali­sm destroying the movement.

Lesego Shabangu, Pretoria West

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