Pretoria - A crowd of disgruntled members of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) was on Friday protesting in Pretoria, at the venue where the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) was meeting, demanding the immediate disbandment of the league's provincial and national leadership led by Collen Maine.
"We are simply saying take us to a national conference, and we can elect comrades who can take the Youth League to its former glory. There is a lot of talent in the ANC Youth League...we don't understand why we must keep these old crooks in the Youth League when they are old, illegitimate and unconstitutional," said Bongiseni Dladla, a coordinator of the ANCYL Revival Movement.
"We are members of the Youth League from the North West, KZN [KwaZulu Natal], a bus has just arrived from the Eastern Cape...I can tell you we are members of the Youth League from across the board. No non-member could just come here for no reason. These are genuine members calling for a process to establishment of a once powerful Youth League."
The top structure of the ANC, the NEC is holding its meeting, which ends on Sunday, at the St George Hotel in Pretoria.
Groups of party youths from various provinces, calling themselves the ANCYL Revival Movement, are pressing to have the league structures dissolved and new task teams appointed leading up to a national elective conference.