Councillors serving the people of South Africa on an ANC ticket will have to be equipped with revolutionary knowledge so that they are not ”swallowed by the state” when they get elected into government, the provincial executive committee of the ANCYL in Mpumalanga has resolved.

The league’s provincial upper structure in the province is new. It was elected during the league’s July congress and on Tuesday this week took this resolution in what they say was its “first ordinary meeting”.

Provincial secretary Pholoso Mbatsane said: “The meeting took place at the most crucial time of our revolutionary struggle, overriding on the challenges of the moment facing our movement as a result of the recent local government elections and broader South Africa society. The overall electoral decline will require that the broader revolutionary alliance embark immediately and courageously on a strategy to re-energise our structures and supporters. This will require serious and robust collective retrospection within the movement itself”.

He said recent government election results didn’t mean it was now the end of the ANC as they believe that the ANC remains “the hope of the vast majority of South African society, black and white, particularly those who are still trapped in poverty and other social illness”.

“We emphasised on the importance of education as our only strategic tool to pursue the transformation agenda,” Mbatsane said.

“A special resolution was taken that all young councillors must further their studies as they resume their council duties to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and we resolved to hold young councillors summit to make sure that we revive their revolutionary consciousness so they do not forget their responsibility as deployed councillors of the ANC and get swallowed by the state,” he said.

Mbatsane was elected provincial secretary of the league at the 11th provincial congress of the ANCYL in the Mpumalanga province on 10th July 2016, Tim Mashele was elected chairman, he is deputised by Trevor Nkosi while Sonto Mnguni was elected Mbatsane’s deputy and Sam Masango elected treasurer.

The ANC in Mpumalanga won 70% of the votes, a decline to its 2011 78% victory.

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Mbatsane said Mashele made a political input during the committee’s meeting at the ANC’s Mbombela headquarters and “made critical assessments on the contemporary political dynamics using the outcomes of the local government elections, particularly the electoral decline witnessed by the ANC”.

He said: “The constitutional exercise performed by the PEC has set the organisation on a fully operational mode to discharge its historical and existential obligations to service our branches through political classes and other duly political responsibilities of influencing the broader political discourse”.

The league is expected to hold its provincial general council this coming Sunday in the province’s eHlanzeni region.

Mbatsane said they will be engaging their structures in this weekend’s general council on the ANC’s recent local government election performance and “discuss possible solutions to identified problems”.

(edited by ZK)

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