The ANC’s leaders are getting

The ANC’s leaders are getting old and the young guns want their turn

ANC Youth League hopefuls are tired of the old guard and want total reform of the governing party, perhaps a breath of fresh air is just what the doctor ordered?

The ANC’s leaders are getting

Ex acting ANCYL president and hopeful leadership incumbent Ronald Lamola wants a drastic shift within the ruling party; away from old folks governing as they have for decades and towards a younger senior leadership that would hopefully be able to match the energy and vigour of the EFF and DA’s young leaders.

Lamola, who served as acting Youth League head after Malema was kicked out, is now running for the main position within the embattled league.

“We need more young people, graduates of the youth league… who have experience on vital issues, to play a bigger role in the life of the ANC, to re-energise it and redirect it both in the national executive committee and in provincial structures, but also in Parliament.”

Lamola — who has his work cut out for him if he manages to take over leadership of the pretty much derelict Youth League – wants the ANC’s senior structures and legislative body to be made up of 40-50% young leaders, so as to bring about genuine change and stop the party from becoming a retirement village for old politicians.

“We must get young, energetic guys… who are going to bring energy and direction and new thinking… The old must accept that the young need space and the young must also understand that the old will not voluntarily give them space, they must fight for their space,” Ronald told News24.


“It can’t be a retirement village.”

Look, the problem isn’t just that the old ballies in the ANC don’t want to let go of power, there’s also not been much growth in leadership from the Youth League’s camp at all. Lamola might be just what the ANC needs to claw back the respect it once had.