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Now's the time for youth to lead country

By unknown | Apr 21, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The duty of the young is to improve upon the past which is, largely, a world created or messed up by their parents.

What we are witnessing now is that moment when the grand-children of Nelson Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and others must make a choice in terms of the political future and leadership of the ANC.

The story of their responsibility began in 1999 when political icon Mandela stepped down as leader of the country and party to hand over the reigns to Thabo Mbeki.

Of course, over the last 10 years we have come to learn how the Mbeki generation not only lost the plot by losing the vision through infighting and power mongering but plunged the youth that looked up to it into political confusion.

All of a sudden the youth hung precariously on a political edge that saw some of them lose faith and turn their back on the ANC because of alleged corruption and failure of political vision.

It is the sort of crisis that comes only once to a generation and perhaps we are lucky that the ANC Youth League has risen to the occasion.

Youngsters like Fikile Mbalula and Julius Malema were forced to take a giant leap into adulthood when entrusted with the responsibility to pull back the ANC from the precipice.

Through their provocative and controversial mobilisation strategies and efforts, they have risen to the occasion.

Sandile Memela, Cape Town


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