THE raging battles within the ANC Youth League are, to say the least, disheartening.
Even members of the league have expressed concern about the manner in which differences have been handled in an organisation supposed to be a training ground for future leaders.
When the leadership battles within Cope started playing themselves out in public, the ANCYL and its mother body were gloating.
Now the ANCYL is following in the beleaguered opposition party's steps. Just like in the case of Cope, the league's leadership battle has now been taken to the courts.
At the heart of all these shenanigans is the fight for who is going to be the new leader of the ANCYL come 2011.
As it is, the league is divided between those who want current president Julius Malema to serve a second term. On the other hand there are those who root for his deputy Andile Lungisa to take over.
What is disheartening is the manner in which this leadership contest is being handled.
You have the different factions trying to use their positions within the organisation to marginalise those they regard as opponents.
What is galling is the underhand methods being used to achieve this.
Once again the losers in such fights are those who give the leaders the mandate to represent them.
They are the ones who bear the brunt of being associated with an organisation driven by self-serving agendas as opposed to a commitment to improving their lot.