Political analyst, Yolokazi Mfuto, says while the youth league’s relevance in the current political landscape has become even more important, it has become unfortunate that in recent times the youth wing would find itself at loggerheads with its mother-body.
Mfuto says young people in the youth league end up becoming conveyer belts for the elder leadership.
“It is important that the space within the ANC is cultivated and enables young people to have a voice to ensure that they are represented in Parliament and other structures: provincial and legislatures.”
Mfuto says the relevance of the ANC youth wing needs a special kind of revitalisation and for them to find a common ground and mission.
She adds that some of the issues may be fueled by the fact that young people themselves are not united.
This weekend’s conference is expected to conclude on Tuesday and it remains to be seen whether the league’s new leaders will be able to return the organisation to its former glory and decisively tackle issues that affect young people in South Africa with clarity and without fear.
Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza