ANC to discuss ANCYL's future

ANC will meet on Friday to discuss the future of the ANC Youth League.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema as pictured on 30 November 2012. Picture: AFP PHOTO/ Stringer

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on Sunday confirmed the future of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) would be discussed at a high-level meeting this week.

The party's highest decision-making body, the national executive committee, will meet on Friday, a day before a mass rally to mark the organisation's 101st birthday.

This after the party's national elective conference last month decided to let the newly elected NEC decide the relevance of the league.

There have been reports that the youth league has been forced to tow the political line and tone down its attack against ANC President Jacob Zuma, following the outcome at Mangaung, where the ANCYL's presidential candidate Kgalema Motlanthe lost by an overwhelming majority to Zuma.

The league's former president, Julius Malema was expelled from the ANC and now faces criminal charges for his alleged role in securing a tender for a company that his family trust owns shares in and receiving kickbacks from those deals.

His expulsion brought the relationship between the ANCYL and its mother body to a critical low, but Mantashe said they were looking to the future.

"The focus is not disbanding the youth league. The focus is to making the youth league work as a structure."

Mantashe said the ANC was focusing on how to improve its public image ahead of the general elections next year.