On Tuesday, the group marched on the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg where they called on the governing party to immediately set up an ANCYL national task team which would prepare for the national conference and dissolve the current structure which was elected in 2015.
The discontented members - coming from different provinces, including Limpopo, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga - danced, chanted and burnt impepho as they demanded the attention of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting group, Ngoako Selamolela from Limpopo said ANCYL president Collen Maine and his collective were occupying the organisation’s offices at Luthuli House’s seventh floor illegally as their term had ended last year and that the ANC had no choice but to tell them to pack their belongings as they were also over the ANCYL age threshold of 35 years.
“If the ANC leadership does not want to listen us, we know people who are more than willing to listen. There are institutions of this country that are designed to guard democracy. If people are running away from democracy, we will just frogmarch them to the South Gauteng High Court. This is a winnable case,” Selamolela said