ANC Youth League Magashule

ANCYL President, Collen Maine / Image via Twitter: @ANCYLhq

ANC Youth League in disarray, Magashule receives demands to disband

Ace Magashule has seven days to reply, failing which, the matter heads to court.

ANC Youth League Magashule

ANCYL President, Collen Maine / Image via Twitter: @ANCYLhq

The African National Congress’ Youth League (ANCYL) is hanging onto its operational mandate by a meagre thread, as calls for the organisation’s disbandment gather momentum.

Fierce factional infighting, emanating from leadership disputes, has torn the Youth League apart. In recent month, a breakaway group, self-proclaimed as the ‘Revive ANCYL Movement’, have held marches across the country, calling for the leadership structures to be dissolved.

Collen Maine refuses to budge, splitting ANCYL in two

The group, which has garnered a large amount of support, is fundamentally opposed to the reappointment of ANCYL president, Collen Maine. Disillusioned Youth League members argue that Maine’s position of power is not in the organisation’s best interests and, furthermore, does not represent the youth’s ambitions. Maine is 39-years-old.

While Maine has attracted fierce criticism for his unwillingness to step down as the Youth League’s president, issues regarding age and influence extend into the organisation’s National Executive Committee (NEC). The Revive Moment has previously pointed out that most of the NEC members are in their late-30s – a fact which doesn’t sit well the youth.

Ace Magashule receives legal notice

Maine has remained defiant in the face of controversy – arguing that as long as his position was endorsed by the ANC’s executive structures, he wouldn’t budge. This has resulted in further contestation, which, on Thursday resulted in yet another legal challenge – this time calling on the parent structure’s Secretary General, Ace Magashule, to take decisive action.

Citing that the old guard’s Constitutional mandate had expired in September 2018, lawyers representing the ANCYL Revive Movement delivered a legal memorandum to Magashule. This letter, ostensibly, precedes court action and calls on the ANC Secretary General to dissolve the NEC through party structures. Failure to do so, as warned by the Revive Movement, would result in court contestation.

The legal letter, which was delivered by hand to ANC headquarters at Luthuli House, also noted that previous memorandums – handed to national spokesperson, Pule Mabe – had not been responded to. Because of this lack of engagement, the Revive Movement has delivered this legal letter as a final warning – one which must be replied to by Thursday 11 July.