Johannesburg - The ANC has defended its decision not to include young people in the newly-established ANC Youth League National Task Team (ANCYL NTT).
The NTT, led by ANC MP Thandi Mahambehlala as its convenor, was put together at the weekend after NEC members gave the green light for the disbandment of the ANCYL NEC, following protests by disgruntled members who complained that the youth structure was led by old people whose term of office had already expired.
The ANCYL’s mandate, under Collen Maine, ended late last year, when its national leaders failed to hold its national elective conference, as required by the party’s constitution.
The new 22-member task team includes Nomvula Mokonyane, Nathi Mthethwa, Fikile Mbalula, Malusi Gigaba, Pule Mabe and all the officials from the disbanded structure.
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said the sidelining of young people from the NTT was aimed at ensuring they did not use the interim structure to campaign and lobby for themselves.