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Collen Maine delivers first address as ANCYL president

Maine says a recent negative culture that has crept into the Youth League has to be undone.

President Jacob Zuma shaking hands with new youth league president Collen Maine. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Collen Maine has called on members to be active in the organisation's fight to rebuild itself.

Maine gave his first address at the Youth League's 25th National Congress this afternoon, where he has been challenged to steer the league into better standing.

He says a recent negative culture that has crept into the Youth League has to be undone.

"We are a product of a revolutionary history. We have forever represented positive, vibrant energy in our movement. We were deliberately made weak, and we're now ready to go to war."

Maine has called on young lions to undo past mistakes, to realign the ANCYL with the ANC.

"We have learned from our silly mistakes and again, to the leadership of the ANC, and to the president in particular, we sincerely apologise."

WATCH: _President Jacob Zuma outlined the role of the ANC Youth League as he delivered his keynote address at the 25th National Congress in Midrand. _