‘Mswati didn’t lead Nkangala with flying colours’

Individual leaders are elected into collectives which should work as a unit, fulfilling their mandate as indicate to by the constitution. No single person is a leader unto himself, but a collective…

A response to Mswati’s “flying colours leadership” of the ANCYL in Nkangala.


KGOMOTSO MADIHLABA


The former Nkangala ANCYL chairman Mduduzi ‘Mswati’ Nkosi reportedly said he has led the region with “flying colours” and nobody else has done so previously.

The ANCYL in this region has held 6 conferences since the merger of the former Witbank and Western regions and has through the years being in the forefront of advancing the twin tasks of mobilizing young people behind the broader vision of the ANC.

None of those who led before the immediate past regional chairperson have declared leading the ANCYL with “flying colours” not because they were shy from doing so but because they understood the principle of collective leadership.

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Those who led before understood that leading this gallant youth movement is not by any chance entering a beauty contest nor serving in the structure to get high marks – flying colours.

The ANCYL that we once led taught us to be disciplined and take collective glory when we did well.



I remember long ago when the word “we” was infused in my political vocabulary.  We used “we” by referring to yourself or one or more other people considered together.

We acted as a collective – and no individual was better than the other.

The policy document of the ANC, the ‘Through the Eye of the Needle’, speaks on collective leadership and directs that “individual leaders are elected into collectives which should work as a unit, fulfilling their mandate as indicated to by the constitution”.

It further says: “No single person is a leader unto himself, but a collective which gives considered, canvassed guidance to the membership and society as a whole”.

The question that needs to be answered is which ANCYL has prepared him? Prepared to do what?

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*Madihlaba is a former regional executive committee member of the ANCYL in Nkangala.