Lamola said even though there could have been more young people, there was still progress. "The NEC had a duty to bring 20% of young people into [the] list which it has done."
He explained that the ruling party's list represented the wishes of the ANC structures.
If perhaps he held a different view, Lamola kept it to himself as he seemed guarded and self-restrictive.
"Obviously I can't speak outside the collective; the list is an outcome of our processes, it's an outcome of democratic processes in the ANC structures."
When asked for his view on some of the people others feel shouldn't be on the list, Lamola responded: "I think your question is also unfair, I can't really judge on other people [who] I'm with on the list, it's for the SG [secretary-general] to engage on some of the issues; but from our perspective, the list is an outcome of our democratic processes.
"With regards to many other members, I think it's a reflection of the will of the structures of the ANC - who must come in, who must come out - and I can attest to you that I think the list is well balanced."
He said the list reflected "unity and cohesion" that many in the ANC always wanted to see.
"There is no one at this stage who is still opposed to President [Cyril] Ramaphosa.
"He is the president of the ANC and everyone is rallying behind him.
"He is not a president of a faction, he's a president of everyone whether you supported him or you did not support him."