After six years, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Western Cape elected a new leadership on Sunday. Former ANCYL WC Convenor, Muhammed Khaled Sayed has now been voted in to lead the youth league into effectively reinstating the organisation within the local community. Six years ago, the National ANCYL leadership disbanded the provincial youth league because of issues of discipline, among other things.
The now newly elected Chairperson, Sayed, says with the recent developments, young people in the province now have an opportunity to have a leadership elected to represent them.
“For a long time youth in general have not been able to identify with a youth league leadership. The youth league broke down and became dysfunctional because there was a weakness within its branches… At times we find branches being established purely for leaders to have numbers to be elected in confidence. This is where we need to start,” Sayed explained.
The national leadership responded with glee, after the election took place.
“We had senior members of the ANC oversee the conference. Members such as Fikile Mbalula and Nathi Mthethwa.”
“Both leaders have been assigned to assist in the rebuilding of the youth league nationally,” Sayed Further added.
In addition, Sayed explained that with the ANC being the official opposition party in the WC, it allows for the youth league to properly develop the radical and militant culture that the youth league had in 1994.
“We have the right to stand up against the DA. We can fully play our role to stand up. I see the WC as a positive space for the youth league to grow,” Sayed added.
The youth league’s role within the province is to tackle issues affecting young people – from unemployment, drugs, gangsterism, education, poverty to inequalities. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)