Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

20 August 2014

South Africa: ANC's Young Lions - a Plan to Roar Again

analysis

The ANC Youth League's national task team has been quiet of late and it appears to have done little apart from disbanding just about everything. On Wednesday, the administrators of the Young Lions released a handy document that could pave the way for regeneration or degeneration. The Youth League's demolishers could yet be seen as its builders.

Briefing media at Luthuli House on Wednesday, the national task team (NTT) said their discussion document "The Nature, Character and Role of the ANCYL" was a first of its kind for the 70-year-old organisation. It begins by admitting that the problems started when political divisions emerged with the mother body. Julius Malema's team had fallen out on issues of policy, particularly nationalisation, with Jacob Zuma's ANC, and things got worse from there.

"An alien culture had engulfed the organisation, with rampant gate keeping, membership manipulation and institutionalised factionalism that had deeply entrenched itself," reads the discussion document, which will be discussed at the Youth League's September national elective conference. In the lead-up to the ANC's Mangaung conference, where the Zuma and anti-Zuma camps, which included backers of Malema who had been expelled, would face off. "Any dissenting voice was viciously...

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