THE ANCYL KwaZulu-Natal regional conference proceeded smoothly - to the surprise of many. The youth league conducted its business without the rowdiness we have come to expect from them.
It was a far cry from the pandemonium that erupted during the Eastern Cape congress, which was inconclusive amid divisions over who should lead the league.
In KwaZulu-Natal the league's national president, Julius Malema, got a standing ovation and made an announcement that President Jacob Zuma would serve for another term.
This is another method the youth employ to demand that their voice be heard in the national debate.
South Africa is an odd country in which the youth insist on playing kingmaker in national politics to the consternation of the rest of the population.
The league has caused anxiety as it fights for the lucrative presidency that has seen Malema become a multimillionaire.
We are hopeful that the Natal congress means that a semblance of maturity has at last set in. Sanity has prevailed since its loudmouthed president has toned down his vitriol.
It seems that a good dose of the stick has done wonders for Malema. He has even decided to Kiss the Boer and not to kill.
The ANC should have taken out a belt a long time ago. The country trembled when this young man made mincemeat of everything we hold dear.
The level of public debate will surely rise now that his mouth has had a soapy rinse, while his KZN counterparts are also showing the light.