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Zuma congratulates new ANCYL leadership

Jacob Zuma has called on delegates to restore the grand stature of the youth league.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the newly elected leadership of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) saying it must work to reassure the nation that the country is in the safe hands of the ruling party.

Zuma opened the second day of the youth league's elective congress where he called on delegates to restore the grand stature of the youth league.

"The ANCYL remains a preparatory school and an incubator of the ANC. It's charged with the immense responsibility to produce leaders for the ANC and for the country."

Meanwhile, the ANCYL national task team says it's not concerning that only one woman has been elected into a top leadership position.

Yesterday, the youth league's deputy president in Limpopo Thandi Moraka was elected as the national structures deputy secretary general.

Collen Maine from the North West has been elected as president with Mpumalanga's Desmond Moela as his deputy.

Team member Malusi Gigaba says the 25th national congress has seen a female representation of no less than 50 percent.

"If you leave it to the braches to decide the delegates who must come here you might end up with a congress that is 90 percent made up of young men. We said they must apply the approach to bring women on board, they have implemented that."