ANCYL calls for female president
The youth league held a national rally at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday.
DURBAN - The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) says it wants a woman to take over from President Jacob Zuma when he leaves.
The league held a national rally at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto uprising.
At its national congress last year, the ANC Women's League endorsed African Union Commission Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, saying they want her to take over from Zuma.
ANCYL president Collin Maine says, "I agree with the women's league that we need a woman president."
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe warned the party's leagues and alliance partners against engaging in succession debates, until the debates are officially opened by the party.
The ANC is expected to hold its elective conference next year.
GIGABA URGES SUPPORT FOR YOUTH LEAGUE
Former ANCYL president Malusi Gigaba says he could never say he's completely proud of the youth league today, but adds the organisation is in a continuous process of building itself.
Gigaba was speaking on the sidelines of the rally yesterday.
He says ANC leaders must not celebrate the league's weaknesses, but push members to rise up to its mission.
"You can never say you're completely proud. It's correct for the leadership of the ANC to be critical of the ANCYL but not to celebrate the current challenges of the youth league. It is our collective duty to build the ANCYL."