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Maine apologises for past conduct of ANCYL

Newly-elected President Collen Maine says the negative culture that has crept into the ANCYL has to be undone.

President of the ANCYL addressing delegates. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - New African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Coollen Maine, says a culture of destructive behaviour was the cause of the organisation's downfall over the recent years.

This weekend, thousands of delegates gathered at Gallagher Estate in Midrand to revive the leagues mandate to mobilise young South Africans.

Maine, who is from the North West branch of the youth league, was elected unopposed at the orgnisation's 25th National Congress at the weekend.

Maine gave his first address where he has been challenged to steer the league into better standing.

The ANCYL has been under the administration of a national task team since its disbandment in 2013.

Maine apologised to the ANC for the league's conduct and has reminded members to be respectful.

"Honour your father and your mother so that your days may be long in the land the Lord, your God, has given to you."

The ANCYL has apologised to the ANC for losing sight of the organisation's vision and spiraling down a path of anarchy.

The new leaders say they will now focus on strengthening the organisation's policies on economic freedom.

The national task team, which guided the league on its journey to a new leadership - is now expected to be dissolved.

He said a recent negative culture that has crept into the ANCYL 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 the Young Lions to undo past mistakes and 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."

President Jacob Zuma has called on the league to remember mistakes of the past and ensure they are never repeated.

WATCH: President Jacob Zuma outlined the role of the ANCYL as he delivered his keynote address at the 25th National Congress in Midrand.