President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the Charlotte Maxeke Memorial Lecture at the University of Fort Hare, Alice, in the Eastern Cape. PHOTO: GovernmentZA/Twitter

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa says efforts to revive the ANC Youth League are currently underway.

This follows the establishment of the youth league’s National Youth Task Team (NYTT) on Wednesday.

Ramaphosa was speaking in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, during the provincial observance of struggle stalwart Charlotte Maxeke’s 150th birthday celebrations.

The president told local residents that the youth wing would soon make a comeback.  

“I’m particularly pleased that we have a youth league core that is now going to revive the youth league. They will revive the youth league and return it to the Youth League of Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu and many others,” said Ramaphosa.  

“The youth league is about to take off and I am really please about this leadership core that we have put in place and they want, as they said, they are committed to uniting the ANC.”

Ramaphosa told residents that the province’s youth league will lead the revival of the embattled youth structure to its glory days.

“The Youth League is about to take off,” said Ramaphosa.

The ANC’s youth wing was dissolved in July 2019 and was replaced in the interim by the National Youth Task Team (NYTT), a structure established to try heal the divisions within the ANCYL and revive the organisation.

On Wednesday, ANC spokespersona Pule Mabe announced names of the newly appointed members of the ANC Youth League’s NYTT.

Spokesperson for the Ministry in the Presidency, Nonceba Mhlauli, has been appointed as the NYTT’s convenor while the NYDA’s Joy Maimela was appointed the NYTT’s co-ordinator.

“The ANC wishes newly appointed members of the NYTT the best as they begin to discharge the twin-task of the ANCYL being the mobilisation of young people behind the banner of the ANC as well as championing their interest,” said Mabe in a statement.

Mabe said the NYTT will primarily serve as a National Congress Preparatory Committee charged with the responsibility to prepare the ANCYL for an elective conference in the next coming months.

“Its key tasks are to strengthen and consolidate existing structures of the youth league and to build new ones in consultation with regions and provinces. It is also charged with the responsibility to develop and roll out a programme of action, bringing together young people from different facets as a build-up to the envisaged elective conference,” said Mabe.

“The ANC National Officials have already met with the leadership of the NYTT and expressed overall support in the work to rebuild and restore the ANCYL.”

The appointment of the task team follows the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) regular meeting held on the 26-29 March, which resolved to appoint the ANCYL National Youth Task Team as a congress preparatory committee.

“We must ensure that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) holds its conference early this year. This will help to bring an end to the shameful era of division and inactivity. We need to engage the young people of our country more actively and directly, and ensure that they are able to participate in the programmes of the organisation,” said Ramaphosa.

New members of the ANCYL National Youth Task Team (NYTT):

  • Noncemba Mhlauli (Convenor)
  • Joy Maimela (Coordinator)
  • Precious Banda
  • Sizophila Mkhize
  • Tlangi Mogale
  • Gumani Mukwevho
  • Khulekani Skhosana,
  • Palomina Jama
  • Fasiha Hassan
  • Insaaf Isaac
  • Anele Matuntuta
  • Lesego Makhubela
  • Karabo Mohale
  • Collen Malatji
  • Pinky Mbele
  • Itumeleng Ntsube
  • Nomasonto Motaung
  • Thuthu Zuma
  • Mlondolozi Mkhize
  • Mfanafuthi Ngwambe
  • Precious Tonga
  • Sonto Mnguni-Malapeng
  • Eugine Manana
  • Sandisene Sithole
  • Venus Blennies
  • Boitumelo Setlogelo
  • Sebang Motlhabi
  • Stella Mondlane
  • Seatlathebe Lepomane
  • Xolani Sebuthongo
  • Mntuwoxolo Ngudle
  • Renae Sengani
  • Kenny Motegoa; and
  • Oliver Mabunda.
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