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Eusebius McKaiser Criticises ANC Youth League’s “Bizarre and Hasty Elective Process”

Could I Vote DA?A Bantu in My BathroomIn his latest column for The Star, Eusebius McKaiser asks some hard-hitting questions about the ANC Youth League election, which took place at the weekend.

Collen Maine, North West MEC for local government and human settlements, was elected – uncontested – for the vacant ANC Youth League presidency on Friday night.

McKaiser says the lack of contestation for top leadership positions is “damning”, adding that for the ANCYL to remain a “powerful force” in the ANC the “youth of today have to agitate for timely changes in the party’s organisational culture”.

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One of the ways in which the ANC must change, yet, is to allow for more effective, open and greater internal democracy. It shouldn’t be the case that someone can be elected into a senior position without uttering a word about their vision for the leadership position they are running for, articulating why they have the requisite skills-set to realise that vision, and why they are the best candidate among all the competitors. Healthy contestation of ideas and leadership positions is the lifeblood of a democracy.

If there isn’t a deeply entrenched democratic culture inside the ANC, you thereby reduce the chances of the party having a long-lasting love affair with democracy outside the party. And this, for me, is where the league had a chance to break with the revolutionary habits of the ANC of yesteryear.

Yet, despite at least three people being willing to become president of the ANCYL, a bizarre and hasty elective process resulted in one Collen Maine being elected unopposed. The rules that resulted in this outcome were anti-democratic. Not in the sense of being unlawful as such, but certainly not in the spirit of promoting maximum contestation of ideas and leadership.

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  • A Bantu in My Bathroom: Debating Race, Sexuality and Other Uncomfortable South African Topics by Eusebius McKaiser
    EAN: 9781920434373
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