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Fight for a better ANC - Lamola

The ANCYL’s Ronald Lamola says ANC leaders are anxious ahead of the Mangaung conference.

Deputy President of the ANC Youth League Ronald Lamola. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Youth League (ANCYL) Deputy President Ronald Lamola on Wednesday told students at Wits University to fight for a well-oiled ruling party.

He was speaking ahead of former ANCYL President Fikile Mbalula's address, which forms part of the organisation's 68th anniversary celebrations.

Lamola said ANC leaders are unsettled ahead of the party's December elective conference in Mangaung.

He said an example of the anxiety is using the courts to get to ousted ANCYL president Julius Malema.

Lamola told students to lobby for change at their branches as the ANC prepares for the nomination process.

He used the address to endorse Fikile Mbalula to take over from ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

Speaking at the event, Mbalula said 68 years on, the ANCYL remains the militant structure it was intended to be.

He said there seems to be a fear to talk about leadership change, nationalisation or economic freedom.

The former ANCYL leader told students that it is in the nature of the organisation to speak change.

Mbalula said the youth league has a history of fearlessness and bravery.