Opinion| ANC election| The internal destruction of the ANC and its perceived victory over citizens

Opinion| ANC election| The internal destruction of the ANC and its perceived victory over citizens

The internal destruction of the ANC and its perceived victory over citizens

The internal divisions within the ANC have become increasingly apparent, with factions within the party vying for power and influence. At the recent ANC Youth League (ANCYL) conference, Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula defended President Cyril Ramaphosa against criticism and expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the investigation conducted by the Public Protector’s Office [1].


Mbalula emphasized that those who are dissatisfied with the report should take the matter on review, rather than attacking the office and the individual responsible for the investigation [2]. The complaint against President Ramaphosa was initially laid by the African Transformation Movement (ATM) leader, Vuyo Zungula, and later supported by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen and two members of the public [3]. This internal conflict within the ANC reflects the ongoing power struggle and challenges facing the party.

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The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has expressed its desire to have a more significant role in the Brics bloc and to advocate for a Brics youth secretariat. The league believes that young people should play a leading role in addressing issues such as technology, energy, education, conflict, and healthcare within the trading bloc [4].

Additionally, the ANCYL aims to unite progressive youth formations across the African continent and address the disorganization among young people in Africa [5]. The league also calls on South Africa to play a more active role in promoting democracy in neighboring countries, particularly in light of the upcoming Zimbabwe elections [1]. These aspirations reflect the ANCYL’s ambition to have a voice in shaping policies and initiatives that will impact the future of young people in South Africa and the broader African continent.

The ANC Youth League has seen the rise of young leaders like Malusi Malatji, who have been instrumental in shaping the direction of the league and garnering support from elders within the ANC. Malatji’s role in the ascent of Fikile Mbalula as secretary-general has earned him recognition and backing from influential figures within the party [6].

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Described as a firebrand and drawing comparisons to former ANC youth league president Julius Malema, Malatji is determined to revive the ANC Youth League and make a meaningful impact on the restructuring of the economy [5]. With his political experience and qualifications, Malatji believes he has the right mindset and skills to lead the youth league and contribute to its resurgence [3]. His principled approach and commitment to implementing change align with the league’s vision for a stronger and more influential youth organization within the ANC [7].




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