South Africa: ANC, ANCYL Working On Weaknesses

Johannesburg — The ANC and the ANC Youth League will look at working on the weaknesses within the party's youth wing, an official said on Tuesday.

"The ANC is helping the youth league to deal with its weaknesses, but at the same time consolidate the strength of the youth league going forward," ANCYL national executive committee (NEC) member Thabo Kupa said.

The African National Congress' top leadership and the ANCYL met in Johannesburg on Monday.

"The meeting will reconvene in three weeks. It is an ongoing engagement," said Kupa.

He would not go into detail about what was discussed at the meeting, and said it was an internal matter.

"There is a discussion on a variety of issues," he said.

Delegates at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung last month resolved that the incoming NEC should meet with the ANCYL to sort out issues between the two.

In his organisational report at the conference, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the ANCYL was acting in a similar manner to forces which were against the party.

It was also expected that they would discuss the ANCYL's lack of a permanent leader following the expulsion of its president Julius Malema last year.

Deputy president Ronald Lamola has led the ANCYL since then.

Malema sent the ANC conference a letter asking for job back, but at the time Mantashe said it had been received too late, and that the programme had already been adopted.

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