New ANC Youth leader expected to bring back traditional role – analyst

New ANC Youth leader expected to bring back traditional role – analyst

Political analyst Theo Venter says the newly elected ANC Youth League President Collen Malatji is expected to bring the party’s traditional role back as to what it was before. 

ANCYL President Collen Malatji
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Venter’s remarks follow after Malatji was elected as president of the ANC Youth League on Saturday, during the Conference held at Nasrec.

This is the first congress to be convened by the ANC Youth League in eight years and it is expected to put an end to interim structures which have led the ruling party’s youth wing during that period. 

Malatji led a slate comprising a mixture of candidates from the ANC-led provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape in the "economic freedom or death" slate.  

The league also adopted constitutional amendments ahead of nominations, including creating a second deputy secretary-general position.  

Venter says that Malatji and his team are expected to bring back the old ANC Youth League to what it was before. 

“Well, one will expect the newly elected chairman of the Youth League to bring the Youth League back into its traditional role within the ANC and that was as an incubator for leadership as part of the ANC family.” 

He further added that the Youth League was where the challenges of the party emerged. 

“Everybody was asking where is the Youth League, are they still relevant, are they still playing a role and I think that is the void that he and his leadership team should fill and really look at.” 


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