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On the weekend of the 19th March 1998 youth from the length and breadth of South Africa gathered in Johannesburg at the World Trade Centre to constitute the 20th National Congress of the African National Congress Youth League, a real parliament of South African youth. This Congress convened under a call to action
Youth Mobilisation for the Consolidation of Peoples Power
It is during those four days that 1800 delegates and observers from the progressive youth alliance, the international youth movement and guests from fraternal youth organisations across the globe received and interrogated reports on the last two years of the ANC Youth League since the 19th National Congress debated the political vision of the ANCYL, the state of ANCYL branches and structures assessed the situation of South African youth, and developed policies and programmes on issues facing our movement today.
This report is a reflection of those robust debates and the continuous process of inter-organisational discussions. The intention of this report is to provide ANCYL members and all South African youth with a comprehensive view of the thoughts and ideas of delegates at that Conference.
The 20th National Congress was of great importance to the ANCYL. It was the last National Congress in the 20th century, its importance is found in what it aimed to realise, and what it achieved. This Conference took place under different conditions from those of the 1996 Congress. It assembled amidst great developments in the broad South African youth movement, and the progressive one in particular.
The Conference was blessed with the attendance of the President of the ANC Cde Thabo Mbeki, the National Chairman of the ANC, Cde Patrick Terror Lekota, and the President of the ANC Womens` League uMama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The leadership of the tripartite Alliance and government dignitaries and diplomats expressed their expectations of the congress by their presence and thought.
The ANCYL emerged from the National Congress with a vision on how to mass mobilise for the consolidation of people powertaking the National Democratic Revolution forward, and above all, the 20th National Congress elected a well-seasoned, skilled, dedicated leadership to take us into the new millennium.
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