'ANC killed youth league using money, making it kingmaker for factions'

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has appointed experienced detectives to investigate the murder of Tshwane African National Congress (ANC) Youth League member Lethabo Nkoana.

Nkoana was shot dead last week Saturday at Temba Stadium in Hamanskraal while trying to stop a fight between ANCYL members at a meeting.

There are questions around the league's stability in the wake Nkoana's death.

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Eusebius McKaiser chats to eNCA political reporter Samkele Maseko and political analyst Prince Mashele to discuss the politics within the youth league.

I got very angry when I heard the news that an ANCYL member had died in Hammanskraal at the Tshwane cadres' forum. There was a robust altercation where some who were in an opposing faction stormed into that meeting to try and disrupt it.

Samkele Maseko, Political reporter - eNCA

He says he is disturbed by the political journey that the youth league is taking.

They are taking one another's lives and this is not the first incidence, about three weeks ago they burnt someone's car in Limpopo in the Waterberg region.

Samkele Maseko, Political reporter - eNCA

The ANCYL is a replica of what has become of the mother body, he explains.

The youth league's death is not now, its death started at the bum conference when Fikile Mbalua imposed Julius Malema against Saki Mofokeng, who had the numbers at the time and how that conference ended up being a festival of chairs and a bum conference and had to be moved to Gauteng.

Samkele Maseko, Political reporter - eNCA

He says the same people who were tasked with rebuilding the ANCYL are the same ones who produced Collin Maile.

Mashele says the youth league has been killed by the mother body.

The ANC killed the ANCYL in two ways. One, the ANC has used the ANCYL as kingmakers. Once that happened, the agenda of the youth league changed completely, it began to focus on leadership squabbles and factional battles of the ANC.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

He says leaders who wanted to ascend to higher positions in the ANC went to the youth league and told it to campaign for them, he explains.

The second way in which the ANC killed the ANCYL is that leaders of the ANC gave money to these young boys in the ANCYL.

Prince Mashele, Political analyst

Listen below to the full conversation:


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