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STATEMENT OF THE ANCYL FEZILE DABI REGION ON THE ONGOING PROCESSES OF MAYORAL AND SPEAKERS’ INTERVIEWS

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ANCYL

The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Regional Conference Preparatory Conference (RCPC)in Fezile Dabi has learnt with discontent and disgust the continued political semantics played by the African National Congress (ANC) Interim Regional Structure in Fezile Dabi on the selection process of proposed Mayoral and Speaker candidates to be interviewed.

The RCPC bemoans the unpleasant posture which the ANC IRC took to deliberately disregard the reinforcement of the guidelines on the nomination of suitable candidates for the Mayoral and Speakers’ interviews, particularly the emphasis being on non-replacement of female and safe candidates on the lists.

This comes after the ANC misled the RCPC delegation on the timeframes of the consultative meeting and names of young people were abruptly supplemented without proper consultation, contrary to the initial arrangement and recommendation adopted by the extended IRC consultative meeting to include their names on the lists; for the positions of Mayorship and Council Speakers, respectively.

This provocative move is nothing but a sheer arrogance, a direct attack on young people of Fezile Dabi and equally cognitive dissonance detrimental to the noble unity and renewal project which the ANC is currently embarking upon. The ANC guidelines, through the letter by its Deputy Secretary General (DSG) comrade Jessie Duarte is very clear and non-negotiable, thus the sudden U-turn in the submission lists remains mysterious.

We want to make it categorically clear to the ANC in Fezile Dabi led by comrade Thabo Mabasa and comrade Sizwe Mbalo that we will not allow capable young people to serve as sacrificial lambs in the ANC processes to accommodate the old guard in befitting circumstances, and further call them to immediately start taking young people serious, refrain from undermining collective wisdom and eroding the hegemony of the movement by implementing organizational resolutions partially and narrowly by handpicking their preferred individuals.

We denounce this opportunistic stance by the ANC Fezile Dabi to the strongest possible terms, and such, necessary steps will be taken to address this matter properly.

The Youth League in Fezile Dabi reiterates its unwavering commitment to advocate for Youth representation across the political spectrum, and the mantra of Motjhapalong which is aimed at placing young people with relevant skills and qualifications at the strategic positions of power, in order to effectively expedite and advance the transformational agenda.


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