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ANCYL Constitution: as amended and adopted by the 25th National Congress September 2015
Hlomelang: Vol. 13 No. 1: 25 July  07 August 2016
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RESOLUTIONS OF THE 20th NATIONAL CONGRESS


1. Resolution on the Character of the ANCYL

Noting

  1. That the ANC Youth League is an organ of the African National Congress, guided by the policies, strategy and tactics and principles of the movement and was formed in 1944 to reinforce the ANC in the struggle for national liberation
  2. The Strategy and Tactics as adopted at its 50th National Conference in Mafikeng characterises the ANC as a progressive national liberation movement. The primary mission of the ANC was, and remains, to mobilise all classes and strata that objectively stand to gain from the success of the cause of social change. Given the common interests that various classes and strata have in the success of the NDR, it is the task of the ANC to channel the energies of these forces behind that goal. It should be able to identify those common interests and unite the motive forces and others in joint action.
  3. 'The Strategy and Tactics furthermore notes that the characterisation of the ANC derives from the strategic tasks in the current phase of the National Democratic Revolution, which are informed by the historic mission of creating united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. The nature of democracy that the ANC pursues leans towards the poor.
  4. The Strategy and Tactics recognises the central and leading role of the working class in the project of social transformation. Its approach to democracy is also informed by the principle of consistent equality which not only recognises unequal gender relations, but also acknowledges that the majority of the poor are African women, especially in the rural areas.(Strategy and Tactics 1997)

Further noting

  1. That the ANC characterises the ANC Youth League as an organisational and preparatory school of the movement, providing organisational vibrancy and youthful debate imperative to a liberation movement.
  2. That the twin tasks of' the ANC Youth League remain the mobilisation of the youth behind the historic and current mission of the African National Congress as well as championing the needs and aspirations of the country's youth.

Believing that

  1. In pursuit of these twin tasks, the ANC Youth League will work closely with those youth organisations which share the same objectives with the ANC. We often refer to these organisations as the Progressive Youth Alliance.
  2. The ANC Youth League and its allies in the PYA have to find a way of managing any contradictions which of necessity will arise from the nature of relationship they have.

Further believing

  1. That the organisational autonomy of the ANCYL, allows for vibrancy, the opportunities to learn through experience, which is necessary for a youth movement.

We therefore resolve

  1. Congress re-affirms the Resolutions of the 19th congress on the Character of the ANC Youth League and on Governance
  2. To maintain our mass based character by continue to mobilise the broadest sectors of youth behind the vision of the ANC and championing their interest in the ANC and society. To that effect, we must reach out to all young people professionals, working youth, students, intellectuals, rural youth, young women and the unemployed.
  3. To forge closer links with other progressive youth organisations, supporting their sectoral work and working together with them in pursuit of a better life for all.
  4. In pursuit of the above, the ANC Youth League should convene a National Summit of the Progressive Youth Alliance,  which should address our common conception of the current political conjuncture.


2. Resolutions on Building the ANCYL

2.1 Strengthening branches and involving membership

Noting

  1. The Organisational problems faced by the League ranging from weak branches, low membership growth and renewal of membership;
  2. The lack of recruitment strategies to broaden our base amongst minority and student youth, amongst the unemployed, young intellectuals, working youth, young women and professional youth.
  3. Inability to translate the support we enjoy amongst young people into an active membership.
  4. The lack of a clear and intensive integrated Program of Action which will capture the imagination of the youth.
  5. Poor communication and weak management, operational, financial and membership system which have a bearing on our ability to service our structures.
  6. That the Youth League does not effectively impact on ANC Policy processes.

Believing that

  1. It is through the sustained vibrancy and dynamism of the Youth League that we will make a meaningful contribution to the ANC.
  2. The Youth League primary task remain the mobilisation of all sections of the youth and disciplined cadres for the advancement of the NDR.
  3. That the ANC Youth League as a non-sexist and non-racial organisation should reflect these principles in its composition and structures.

Therefore Resolves to

  1. Mandate the NEC to organise a national branch organiser's summit, to review our organising strategy and ensure ongoing training of branch organisers.
  2. Implement specific campaigns at different levels aimed at general membership recruitment and the recruitment of targeted sectors;
  3. Mandate the NEC to investigate an effective and efficient membership system.
  4. Implement a program of revitalising and strengthening branch structures, which should include local programs for branches, consolidating and expanding branches, support to organising strategies In minority areas, induction of new members and BEC's and co-ordinating with the Women's League in formulating a strategy to mobilise young women into the Youth League.
  5. Implement integrated National Campaigns around Political and Social issues.
  6. Ensure that the ANCYL constitutional structures and members participate fully in all levels and structures of the ANC.

2.2 Leadership and Organisational Issues in the ANCYL

Noting that

  1. The period post April 1994 has imposed new dynamics, challenges and opportunities which impact on leadership principles and organisational practices within the entire liberation movement.
  2. The ANC Youth League as a youth wing of the ANC, has a rich tradition of democratic practice;
  3. I here is lack of a strategy that guides deployment of cadres in different levels of the organisation and other external institutions.
  4. There is a new generation of youth entrusted with leadership responsibility with no clear understanding of basic organisational principles and policies such as mandate, consultation, accountability and etc.
  5. The ANCYL has a historic task of providing strategic political leadership to the Progressive Youth Alliance as it seeks to advance the strategic objectives of the NDR .

Acknowledge

  1. The conscious effort by both the ANC and the ANCYL to deal with the above issues in the discussion papers titled "Organisational democracy and discipline in the movement" and "Leadership issues in the ANCYL" respectively.

Therefore resolved that

  1. The NEC Discussion document on "Leadership issues in the ANCYL" be endorsed by Congress as a guiding policy and farther adopt the ANC 50th Conference resolutions on Organisational Democracy and Discipline in the movement.
  2. The ANCYL maintains and deepens the democratic practice within its Organisational structures and the democratic youth movement as a whole.
  3. The Political Education Department develops a strategy that guides deployments of cadres both internally and externally, and creates enabling environment for robust, free debate and constructive leadership contestation.
  4. The NEC should provide guidelines which makes provision for compulsory induction of members at all levels of the organisation.
  5. The ANCYL as it exercises its historic leader ship role as the leader of the Progressive Youth Alliance to convene a summit, to inter-alia, clarify this matter and canvass the progressive organisational principles and practice to guide the PYA.

2.3 On Cadre development and policy

2.3.1 On the Cadre policy

Noting

  1. The need to develop cadres in our organisation to be equal to the task of leading the National Democratic Revolution.
  2. That such cadres should be informed of the basic principles that underline the struggle for transformation in our country.
  3. That the current conjuncture is politically contested by many forces and therefore there is a need to prepare our cadres to be aware of the contradictions and challenges that face us in this struggle.

Believing

  1. That the ANCYL cadre policy need to identify the basic tools of analysis that will inform and inspire our cadres in their daily work to advance the NDR.
  2. That the growth of the ANCYL in membership, needs to be transformed into a qualitative growth of the organisation and therefore the need for ongoing political education programmes.

Therefore resolved that

  1. The ANCYL should develop a cadre policy that prepares comrades to take up responsibilities in the organisation and society at large.
  2. Such a cadre policy should enable comrades to understand the political, social and economic challenges of the struggle for transformation.
  3. The process of developing such a policy should be integrated into the broader programme of the organisation
  4. The cadre policy should set a framework for the rules, norms and values for comrades in their daily organisational work.

2.3.2 On Human Resource Development

Noting that

  1. The Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) as our platform for social changes identifies the production of a distorted skills profile which was based on racism as a key element of apartheid.
  2. Whilst the majority of our people acquired training through informal means, the minority enjoyed privileged through education access to universities technikons.
  3. A large portion of victims of this system of skills reservation were young people in general and members of the ANCYL in particular.
  4. In our attempts to redress this unfortunate historic evil, we have developed some programmes to empower our cadres, including bur series, scholarships, placements and cognoscentisation  campaign to encourage our membership and youth in general to go back to school, to further their profession and to redirect their career paths.

Believing that

  1. This process continued without a sound human resource development strategy and a specific political structure to monitor the implementation of our Human Resource Development programme.
  2. There has never been an organisational platform to engage on the issue of HRD and to develop a common approach to HRD.
  3. In order for our HRD programme to succeed we need to continue to enter into into co-operations with all sectors of South African society as well as agencies and organisations internationally.

Therefore Resolve to

  1. To convene a national HRD Conference to consolidate our policy and develop a programme for the implementation thereof.
  2. To ensure capacity at national, provincial and regional levels, to consider implement such programs including the:
  • Deployment of our cadreship in such a HR programme;
  • Accountability and monitoring of our cadres who have benefited from our HRD Programme.
  • A national data bank be maintained on all our cadres within those having gone through the HRD programme.
  • To carry out a programme of encouraging  our members to improve their skills with emphasis to Science, Technology and Commerce.

2.3.3 On the Qualities of our Cadres

Noting

  1. That there are certain qualities that characterise cadres of the movement.

There resolve

That ANCYL cadres should be distinguished by the following qualities:

  1. Their commitment to the political responsibilities and goals of the National Democratic Revolution.
  2. Their interpretation and understanding of the policies vision programmer and principles of the organisation.
  3. Their creativity and willingness to learn.
  4. Their ability to show potential and the manner in which they accept constructive criticism
  5. The discipline they embody in the way they carry out the tasks of the ANCYL.
  6. Their ability to analyse the struggle in  with the ultimate goal of NDR.

2.3.4 Implementation of cadre development policy

Resolve

  1. To utilise ANC political schools to achieve the goals of the policy.
  2. To continue organising ANCYL summer and winter schools to enhance political education.
  3. To complement the schools with regular seminars and study circles.
  4. To organise political education and training workshops, to develop the skills and capacity of comrades.
  5. To identify target groups and establish political education programmes that are relevant to their levels.
  6. To resuscitate the culture of Umrabulo in the ANCYL.
  7. To integrate issues of gender equality in the over all political education programmer and to be biased towards women issues.
  8. To ensure that all our programs contain an element of political education at all levels; and
  9. To task the NEC to develop a practical programme to carry out the objectives of the policy.

2.3.5 On our Deployment Strategy

Noting

  1. That there continues to be a vital need to deploy comrades to various organisations, institutions and parastatals to take forward our objectives of transformation.
  2. 'That deployment has been fragmented and spontaneous and as a result there has not been consistency on the principles for deployment. This has created careerism in our ranks.
  3. The ANC 50th Conference Resolution on a deployment strategy for the movement as a whole.

Believing in

  1. The need to win hegemony over various institutions of power as a key element in the struggle for transformation.
  2. The principles that should guide our deployment strategy.

Therefore Resolves to:

  1. Adopt a deployment strategic that will guide the organisation in deploying comrades in various places that advance the course of our struggle.
  2. That the deployment strategy should identify sites of deployment that characterise the locus of power in society, e.g. legislatures, boards, economic institutions, parastatals, NGO's etc.
  3. Develop a database of cadres, and update it on an ongoing basis.
  4. Establish a NEC deployment committee wl1ich will monitor all deployments and such a commit tee should function under ANC policies and principles.

Further resolves

That the deployments of comrades should be done on the basis of the following principles:

  1. Identifying, at all rimes, the objective for every deployment.
  2. Analysing the capability and expertise of the comrades to be deployed.
  3. deployment of cadres to be gender sensitive and reflective of Affirmative Action objectives.
  4. Balancing cadres feelings, ambitions and choices with the objectives of the organisation.
  5. Instilling the principles of accountability and mandate on the comrades that are deployed.
  6. Put in place performance targets, monitoring and evaluation
  7. Include redeployment and the right of recall.

2.4 Building the Tripartite Alliance

Noting that

  1. That the Revolutionary Alliance, having led the struggle for national liberation, now face the challenge to ensure the consolidation and completion of the National Democratic Revolution, with the strategic objective as defined in the Strategy and Tactics of the ANC
  2. That the ANC is a broad, multi-class mass organisation which unites the motive forces led by the working class on the basis of a programme of transformation which is biased towards the poor;
  3. That the organisations of the working class - the SACP and the progressive trade union movement, represented by Cosatu are committed to the strategic objectives of the NDR, and the struggle for socialism;
  4. That the Tripartite Alliance is therefore an organisational expression of the common purpose and Unity in action that we share, and that it should continue jointly to define and redefine the tasks of the NDR.

Believing that

  1. That there is a need to consciously build within the Alliance consultation processes and political debate on the challenges of transformation and the key tasks of the day;
  2. That such debates and consultations should find concrete expression in a programme of action, as an Alliance and as independent and autonomous organisations
  3. That this programme of the Alliance should seek to drive the process of transformation, give leadership to the broad progressive forces and seek to strengthen each component part of the Alliance.

Further Believing

  1. That the ANCYL as a component part of the ANC should contribute towards strengthening and building the cohesiveness of the Alliance in action;
  2. That we share a common interest with Cosatu and the SACP in the organisation and mobilisation of working youth.

Therefore Resolves that

  1. To participate in the programme of the ANC to build Alliance structures and programmer at national, provincial, regional and community levels;
  2. Continue discussions with Cosatu and the SACP with a view towards implementing joint programs towards the organisation and mobilisation of young workers;
  3. Re-affirm the position of the NEC that the decision to form a Young Communist League is the prerogative of the SACP, and that if the SACP so decide, we would welcome it into the ranks of the Progressive Youth Alliance; and
  4. The ANCYL should participate in the programme of the Alliance to build and strengthen the mass democratic movement.

2.5 On the Progressive Youth Alliance

Noting

  1. The resolution of the 19th Congress on the PYA.
  2. The slow progress in building cohesiveness and unity in action in the PYA.

Believing

  1. That the key responsibility of the progressive youth movement remain the mobilisation of young people behind the vision of the ANC for the transformation of our country into a non-racial, democratic, united and non-sexist society.

Resolves

  1. To mandate the NEC to take forward the programme to build the PYA, based on previous Congress, resolutions and other resolutions of the 20th Congress.


3. Resolution on Economic Growth and Development

Noting

  1. The high rate of unemployment in SA and its impact on the future of young people;
  2. The importance of the government's Jobs Summit to be held later this year;
  3. 'The domestic debt burden facing our country

Believing that

  1. The ANCYL National Jobs Summit held in October 1997 laid the foundation of our input into the employment strategy especially as it affects the youth;
  2. Government's Umsobomvu fund was a beginning and very practical intervention into youth unemployment;
  3. The government's Job Summit must make further and decisive intervention into youth unemployment.

Therefore resolve that

The incoming NEC must immediately establish a National Economic Development Commission and mandate it as a priority to:

  1. Build on the Youth League's October 1997 National Job Summit;
  2. Engage the Alliance and other stakeholders in the youth sector in the build-up to the Jobs Summit;
  3. Organise a national Economic policy conference;
  4. Adopt an Employment Strategy for the youth sector that will inform our input into the Presidential Job Summit
  5. Investigate the nature of the apartheid debt and the possibility of ending it.
  6. Adopt a campaign to challenge the private sector especially the financial institutions to invest in infrastructure development, job creation and the training of young people in science and technology education.


4. Resolutions on Gender

4.1 Gender Perspective in the ANCYL

Noting

  1. The need to define Gender and Patriarchy.
  2. That our Gender programme must be biased towards young women.
  3. That there is still a need to change mindsets and to break the barriers in our society, which limits women's full development as citizens.
  4. That family institutions contribute towards the oppression of women through the differences in upbringing and the socialisation of girls and boys.
  5. That women do not have access to information which can empower them and teach them about their rights.
  6. That conditions are not conducive for young women to practice their rights despite the constitutional provisions.

Believing

  1. That gender refers to the power relationship between men and women in every sphere of life economically, socially, politically which is based on the domination and oppression of women.

Therefore resolves

  1. We should integrate a gender perspective in all policies, programs and structures of the organisation
  2. That the Youth League should strive for the transformation of gender relations in the family and other institutions, in accordance with our new Constitution.
  3. To embark on an education and information program in all structures of the organisation to ensure that we change perceptions and mindsets and work towards breaking the barriers to women's empowerment.

4.2 On the Mobilisation, Organisation and Empowerment of young Women in the ANCYL

Noting that

  1. The numbers of young women members, leaders and cadres in the League are still far from satisfactory
  2. That conditions prevail in the organisation which limits the participation of young women;
  3. The programme introduced by the Gender Commission to ensure a focus on young women was not sufficiently integrated into the programs and structures of the League.

Believing that

  1. That the YL as one of its Aims and Objectives seek to promote gender equality in all spheres of life, especially amongst the youth and that this should be internalised by the organisation;
  2. That we need to have a multi-pronged strategy to address the mobilisation, organisation and empowerment of young women in the League.

Therefore resolves

  1. To consciously seek to integrate a gender perspective and the issues of young women in all aspects of our program of action;
  2. To put in place a capacity building program as part of our Cadre Policy to empower women at all levels of the organisation;
  3. To ensure a climate in the organisation which is conducive to the participation of women, including acting promptly in circumstances where the Code of Conduct arc contravened;
  4. Introduce an affirmative action program towards reaching a 40% quota for young women in terms of membership and leadership at all levels of the organisation.

4.3 Relationship with the ANC Women's League

Noting that

  1. The absence of a strong structured and pragmatic relationship with the WL.
  2. The lack of participation of young women in the WL;

Resolves that

  1. The Youth League should actively encourage dual membership with the WL.
  2. Embark on joint joint programmes with the WL, including August 9, Economic, political issues and poverty alleviation.
  3. The NEC should pursue the matter of the Young Women's Desk as provided for in the WL. Constitution.

4.4 On the Women's Movement

Noting that

  1. There is no common understanding in the ANC and ANCWL about the character and form of the Women's Movement.
  2. That there is no clear programme to address the issues of young women at all levels of our society.

Therefore resolve

  1. 'That the NEC should participate in the ANC and Alliance processes aimed at developing a common approach and program on the issue
  2. 'That the YL should develop a perspective and convene a meeting with Progressive Youth Organisations to discuss a common approach to the Young Women's Forum.

4.5 On the Women's National Coalition

Noting

  1. The lack of effective communication between the national structure of the WNC with the progressive women's formations and its provinces .

Therefore resolves:

  1. That we endorse the leading role of the ANCWL in the process of restructuring the WNC;
  2. That the YL should participate in this process through interaction with the WL.

4.6 On Violence Against Women

Noting that

  1. There is continuous abuse of women and children.
  2. That the Criminal Justice System is still not user-friendly to abused women.
  3. There are not sufficient places of safety for abused women and children.

Therefore resolves:

  1. To encourage our branches and regions to participate in community structures which are dealing with violence against women and children.
  2. Participate in the process to ensure that the Criminal Justice System is gender sensitive and friendly;
  3. Ensure that places of safety in community centres are build and are easily accessible.
  4. Ensure the facilitation of programmer and courses to educate community to support women and to combat personal and family violence.
  5. Participate and initiate programs which conscientise men on issues of violence against women and their role, and the provision of councelling services towards this end;
  6. To extend programmer to learning instittutions through the Progressive Youth Alliance.

4.7 On Customs, Religion and Culture and Position of Women

Noting

  1. The impact of customs, religion and cultural practices and laws on the status of women in our society and most of our cultures
  2. The process to ensure that women's status with regards marriage, inheritance, land ownership and other rights are in accordance with the Equality clause in the Constitution;

Therefore resolves:

  1. To participate in the process of this review of women's status and in the process dealing with the broader issues affecting young women;
  2. Engage with the ANCWL on this issue and to network with other organizations which deal with this issue.

4.8 Commercial Sex Workers

Noting that

  1. Commercial sex is part of the social reality of our society.
  2. The process in government to provide a legal framework to deal with this issue;

Therefore resolve

  1. To instruct the NEC to prepare a discussion document which should guide our imput on this matter, and how it affect in particular young people and children.

4.9 On Sexual Orientation

Noting

  1. The Constitutional provision on this issue, as entailed in the Equality clause;
  2. The continued homophobia (discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation) in our society and the insufficient awareness in the YL on this issue;
  3. That we do have young lesbians and gays as active members of the YL;

Therefore resolves

  1. That as a part of a broader sexual education programme, we should educate our members and youth in general on issues of sexual orientation

4.10 On HlV/Aids

Noting that

  1. The high incidences of HIV infection amongst young people
  2. That large members of young people still do not believe that Aids/HIV can effect them as individuals,
  3. That society still discriminate against people who have contracted the virus.

Therefore Resolve

  1. To participate in AIDS awareness structures at community level,
  2. To educate YL. members and the community at large around these issues,
  3. To encourage research aimed at finding afford able cures to the disease,
  4. To encourage our members and the youth in general to practice safe sex at all times.


5. Resolutions On International Relations

5.1 On Globalisation

Noting that

  1. The complex international situation which is characterised by the dominance of capitalism. the existence of regional blocs, increase liberalisation of the national and the world economies, advances in science and technology and the increase role of multi-lateral global institutions;

Believing that

  1. Globalisation should not confirm or entrench the disparities between rich and poor nations;
  2. Globalisation has the potential to undermine national sovereignty, with the activities of government and businesses increasingly being determined by external influences and convergence of national economic strategies.
  3. Globalisation should not be about hegemonic control by the western powers acting in guise of world's economic policeman.

Further Resolves

  1. To adopt the United Nations World Youth Programme of Action and to cooperate with international youth organisations and agencies in the implementation of this programmes
  2. To develop a discussion on the challenges and role of the international youth movement in the current global situation and to engage with other youth organisations on this issue.

5.2 African Renaissance

Noting

  1. The changes taking place on the continent over the last decade at political, economic and social levels;
  2. The problems which continue to plague the continent such as conflict, ethnicity, corruption, bad governance and poverty
  3. The increase potential as demonstrated in the resolution of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Africa through institutions such as the Organisation of African Unity to solve its own problems;

Further Noting

  1. The lack of vibrancy, capacity, co-ordination and influence in national and continental politics of youth organisations in most countries on the continent;
  2. That since its leading role in the anti-colonial struggles of previous decades, the Pan African Youth Movement, has been in a state of serious decline and has failed to give direction to the continents youth;
  3. The problems faced by African youth, of poverty, unemployment, poor education and skills and being drawn into conflicts and war; and the fact that thousands of young professionals, intellectuals, cultural workers and sports people have been forced to seek opportunities in other countries, particularly in the West.

Believing that

  1. The vision of an African Renaissance provide opportunities and potential for the political, social, economic and cultural rejuvenation of the continent;
  2. The focus of such a renaissance should be to build the capacity for African nations them selves to undertake effective preventive diplomacy and peace keeping
  3. The youth movement has an important role to play in the African Renaissance.

Therefore Resolves to:

  1. To lobby the OAU and regional organisations to play a more pro-active role in the promotion of peace, security, democracy, self-determination, economic development, a culture of human rights and good governance;
  2. Endorse calls and lobby for the scrapping of the African foreign debt.

Further Resolves

  1. That the PYM and regional structures like SADC Youth Council and Southern African Youth Forum should have programmes that will mobilise youth across the continent and region on issues which directly affect them;
  2. To encourage bi- and multi-lateral youth campaigns for the promotion of Science and Technology and cultural change;
  3. To endorse the NEC proposal to host the conference on African Renaissance (PYM) with the objective of furthering dialogue on the role of youth in the Renaissance the continent;

5.3 On Party-to-Party Relations

Noting that

  1. Since the ANC became the leading party in the GNU its relations with progressive forces has been less than satisfactory;
  2. The work done by the League's international department to maintain and build our bilateral relations with youth organisations across the globe;

Believing

  1. That we should build common ground with progressive organisations based on our common commitment to youth development, social justice, democracy and the right to self determination;
  2. The challenges facing us in the context of globalisation and the African renaissance require greater co-operation amongst progressive forces of the world.

Therefore Resolves to

  1. Consolidate our longstanding bilateral relations build in struggle over many years and endeavour to build alliances with progressive youth forces across the globe where none exist;
  2. Engage in dialogue with youth organisations which don't necessarily share our vision, with a view towards influencing them;

5.4 On IUSY and WFDY

Noting that

  1. The ANCYL has been a longstanding member of the World Federation of Democratic Youth and once held position of President.
  2. That following our 19th Congress resolution, the ANCYL has since become a full member of International Union of Socialist Youth;
  3. Our endeavours since 1990 to build co-operation amongst progressive international youth bodies following the end of the Cold War and in a changing world;

Believing that

  1. The international youth federations which we are members of provide platforms for the YL to participate in and to influence international debates on issues that effect youth;
  2. That our participation in these bodies are based on our character, and our commitment to common goals as expressed in our general international  policies;

There Resolves that

  1. The ANCYL should consolidate its participation  in both WFDY and IUSY, in pursuance of the above goals.

5.5 On Solidarity

Noting that

  1. ANC 50th Congress at Mafikeng has outlined principles and resolutions on solidarity.
  2. There are countries and peoples who continue to fight for self-determination and that there continue to be governments who the democratic and human rights of their peoples in the continent and in the world in general

Resolves

  1. To endorse the ANC Mafikeng conference resolutions and ensure that the ANC YL play a pivotal role in their implementation
  2. To re-affirm our commitment to our solidarity campaigns with Western Sahara, Palestine, Sudan, East Timor and Cuba;
  3. To work with other organisations in Southern Africa on the promotion of good governance human rights and democracy in the region.
  4. To ensure programme which will actualise solidarity work and involve our structures and members and raise public awareness on the issues effecting those countries.

5.6 Internal Structures on International Relations

Noting that

  1. Our international programs has not adequately managed to involve provinces in international work
  2. The Resolution of the 19th Congress in Durban which clearly captured the tasks of the NEC Sub-Committee.

Resolves

  1. To strengthen the NEC subcommittee on International relations and recommit the YL t develop the participation and understanding c international issues amongst our members and the youth in general.


6. Resolutions on Youth Development

6.1 The National Youth Service Programme

Noting

  1. That youth unemployment and the shortage of skills remain one of the most serious problems facing South Africa's youth.
  2. That the RDP base documents commits the movement and the Alliance to the implementation of a youth service program to address these problems.
  3. The attempts in the past to pilot such a youth service program by the National Youth Development Forum, and by other youth NGO's.
  4. The initiatives by the National Youth Commission to develop a framework and implementation plan for such a youth service programme.
  5. The ANC 50th Conference resolution on the National Youth Service Programme.

Believing

  1. That the ANC-led government and the country as a whole have a responsibility to provide young people with hope for the future, through concrete programs and opportunities.
  2. That young people are committed to contributing to the country whether through the acquisitions of skills, through work and service if provicted with opportunities to do so.
  3. That the Youth Service programs should be youth centred and driven promote nation building and patriotism and be aimed at the integration of young people into the socio-economic mainstream of the country.

Therefore resolved to

  1. Develop through our Youth Development a comprehensive framework for the YL for a national youth service programme, based on the recommendations from the Congress commission, which should form the basis of our inputs on this issue in all forums.
  2. Lobby for the Youth Service Programme to be a Special Presidential Project.
  3. Develop understanding of the objectives of the Youth service programmer amongst our structures and the youth movement in general and ensure their active participation in the implementation of this programme at all levels.

6.2 On Policy and Governance

Noting

  1. That the establishment of a democratic government has created opportunities to address the needs and aspirations of the youth.
  2. That the creation of the National Youth Commission and the subsequent development of a draft National Youth Development Policy has further enhanced the opportunity of young people to participate in and influence the direction of youth development in the country.
  3. That the ANCYL has played a major role in the establishment of the NYC and the development of the National Youth Development Policy.

Believing

  1. That policy is an important instrument in directing development.
  2. That the increase in opportunities to influence youth and other policy development necessitates that the ANCYL develops its policy development capacity to meet the challenges and exploit the opportunities created by this situation.
  3. That local government is an important arena of youth development.

Resolves

  1. To utilise fully and effectively all opportunities created by the establishment of a democratic government and a statutory youth body to advance the aspirations of young people.
  2. To enhance the capacity of the ANCYL to engage in ongoing policy debates, develop meet, implementation and monitoring processes through:
  3. The creation of appropriate policy and research structures at all levels of the organisation.
  4. Ensuring that all its members understand the policies of the organisation and are able to facilitate their implementation at different levels of government and society.
  5. That the ANCYL should participate fully in the policy processes of the ANC especially those related to youth development.
  6. That the ANCYL should ensure that issues relating to youth development generally and the National Youth Development Plan specifically are given priority in the development agenda of the country and the ANC.
  7. To guide the development of youth development implementation programmes that flow from the proposed National Youth Development Policy.
  8. That the ANCYL should take interest in the youth development work that is taking place in other government departments.
  9. That the ANCYL should find ways of facilitating policy development and implementation in those provinces where youth development structures do not exist.
  10. That mechanisms be developed to ensure that youth development takes places at local government level.
  11. The ANCYL should increase the level of political debate within the PYA and the SAYC with the aim of building maximum consensus around the policy direction of the youth development sector.
  12. To finalist the ANCYL Youth Policy document and develop a programme of action based on this.

6.3 Social Issues Affecting Young People

Noting

  1. That the19th congress adopted a "Twin Task" approach for the YL. Re-inforcing the ANC. Taking up youth programmes.
  2. Most of our structures in particular branches have not been in position to carry forward the identified campaigns and our campaigns were generally poorly co-ordinated.
  3. Failure to effectively use availed capacity in the form of the Branch Manual

Believing that

  1. That our social programmes should be located within the broader political frame work of the ANC.
  2. Such programmer should form the basis for intervention projects, should be ongoing and consistent, serve as a way of mobilising youth behind YL vision of Youth Development, with clear objectives and goals, be multi-sectoral and inclusive of gender issues and should be nationally coordinated and seek to build local capacity and involvement

Therefore Resolves

  1. To have as part of Youth Development port folio, a national programme on social issues which include the issues as listed.

6.3.1 On Sport and Recreation

Noting

  1. The skewed distribution of sports and recreation facilities, opportunities and provision of financial and human resources.
  2. That South African teams still do not reflect the demographics of our country.
  3. Recreation remains a privilege and is neither affordable and accessible to the majority of young people and communities, especially young women and the disabled.
  4. The initiatives of government to ensure mass participation in sports, in particular programs such as the 'Sports for All' program of the department.

Believing

  1. That sports can play a role in youth development, by unleashing potential of young people.
  2. Sports can play a role in nation building and reconciliation.
  3. A healthy nation is a sporting nation.

Therefore resolves

  1. To encourage YL branches to participate in local sports councils.
  2. To engage in sports activities in Pursuit of the objectives of development, nation-building and reconciliation.
  3. Encourage Sports development clinics for coaches and players.
  4. Promote heritage games as part of recreation and the expansion of recreational facilities in all communities.
  5. The NEC to look at the issue of the transformation of all sporting codes and rugby in particular, on the basis of our commitment to development and non-racialism in sport and an end to discriminatory practices.
  6. Promote the participation of young women and disabled in sports.

6.3.2 On Arts, Culture and Language

Noting

  1. The role played by arts and culture in the mobilisation of our people and the international community against Apartheid.
  2. The continual underdevelopment of indigenous arts and culture in SA and that they still do not enjoy the same status as others.
  3. Euro-centric values that continues to be devils the process of transformation in arts and culture.
  4. The continued inaccessibility of resources for cultural workers, their continued exploitation and the poor attention generally given to these issues.

Believing that

  1. Arts and culture are critical to development, reconciliation and nation-building.
  2. The need to build our common South African identity, whilst developing the diversity of our cultural heritage and traditions.

Resolved to

  1. Encourage YL members to be involved in arts and culture through their local arts councils.
  2. Encourage youth to be involved in programmes provided by local NGO's and the other arts and culture bodies.
  3. Encourage mass popular participation in the performing, visual and creative arts and net work with different organisations in these sectors.
  4. Lobby for increase resources to arts and culture, from both government, the private sector and communities.
  5. Participate in the activities of the South African Language Board.
  6. Input and contribute to government policies and programs in arts, culture and language.

6.3.3 On HIV/AIDS

Noting

  1. The increase in the numbers of young people affected by HIV/AIDS and the fact that youth remain a high risk group.
  2. The social impact of AIDS orphans on our social services, the economic impact of the loss of breadwinners and the impact on our health servers with additional users.

Believing

  1. That the epidemic is a threat to the process of reconstruction in our country.
  2. That young people with HIV/AIDS should be treated with dignity and the support of their communities, families, friends and the nation.
  3. Fighting AIDS is the responsibility of all, and not only the Health department.

Resolve

  1. That the YL should move beyond awareness campaigns towards, and focus on encouraging practices which prevent the spread of the disease.
  2. Positive living with HIV/AIDS should be encouraged and young people should be used as peer educators.
  3. The NEC to look into the establishment of multifaceted youth support networks providing life skills education which will include amongst other things counselling for young people with HIV/AIDS.
  4. The NEC to forge relations with government and other organisations, including the Commonwealth Youth Programme in pursuance of Positive living project within the HIV/AIDS programme.

6.3.4 After School Care

Noting

  1. The lack of affordable after-school care facilities in most communities.
  2. That many parents work late, and are unable to supervise their children in terms of school-work and their recreation.
  3. The increase involvement of children and adolescents in anti-social behaviour and activities.

Believing

  1. That children are the most valuable assets of any society and a barometer of the social health of a society.
  2. That our investment in them is an investment in the future.
  3. That the inculcating values of a democratic and caring society should start as young as possible, contributing to the rebuilding of the moral fibre of our society and communities.
  4. That the YL has a responsibility to its communities, in the spirit and culture of service.

Resolves

  1. An element of our community service program should be to commit young people to assist learners and students with their school work and provide other after-school recreational activities to children.
  2. To mandate the NEC to do a feasibility study and to develop such a program.

6.3.5 On Substance Abuse

Noting

  1. That there is nominal participation and practical engagement of young people in community matters which leads to high level of substance abuse amongst young people.
  2. Lack of social support services at local level
  3. The prevailing socio-economic situation depresses young people, leading to seeking outlets in harmful substances.
  4. The level of ignorance about the impact of different substances amongst youth people, making it difficult to make informed decisions.

Resolve

  1. To develop a substance abuse policy for YL and a strategy and programme based on this policy.
  2. To network with all institutions that deal with issues of substance abuse.

6.3.6 On the Environment

Noting

  1. The lack of environmental education in our organisation, and as a result the low level of consciousness on the relationship between the environment and development.

Resolves

  1. To have a program of environmental education in the YL, including the establishment of Eco-desks.
  2. To encourage branches to initiate local clean-up campaigns and to form Eco-desks which will forge links with other structures dealing with environment.
  3. Forge links with international bodies.
  4. To observe national days on the environment like Arbour day.
  5. To link environment to tourism and job creation programs.

6.4 Institutions of Youth Development

6.4.1 Institutions of Government

National

Conference re-affirms

  1. The National Youth Commission, as established in terms of the National Youth Commission Act as an appropriate government instituiton to:
  • Develop a national youth policy.
  • Co-ordinate and facilitate the implementation of the youth policy
  • Initiate youth development programmes
  • Co-ordinate and Monitor the implementation of the youth policy.

Provincial

Noting

  1. That various institutions have been created in provincial governments to deal with youth matters.
  2. That there is no formal relationship between these provincial institutions and the National Youth Commission.

Believing

  1. That for more efficient and effective performance of the National Youth Commission's functions there should be a streamlining of the work of the National Youth Commission and provincial institutions on youth affairs.
  2. That as the functions and roles of provincial institutions on youth affairs are almost similar to those of the NYC; that institutions to be created in all nine provinces should be similar to the NYC and be located in the Premiere's Offices.

Resolve

  1. To mandate the NEC to make concrete and detailed proposals on the streamlining of the National Youth Commission and Provincial Youth Commissions.

Local Government

Noting

  1. The resolution of the 19th Congress on Youth Development, in particular on youth governance institutions at local government level.
  2. That there are institutions such as junior councils which play more of a ceremonial role and do not have any influence in the decision making of the councils.

Acknowledge

  1. The NEC's attempts to implement this resolution through:
  • Submissions to the green and white paper processes on local government.
  • Submission to the national youth policy for mutation process, which is now part of the youth policy presented to the cabinet.

Re-affirms

  1. The need for youth institutions at local government level to ensure that local councils implement youth development programmes. Such institutions should be placed in the executive structures of the councils.

Resolves

  1. To mandate the NEC to continue lobbying councillors MPL's, MP's the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs for the speedy implementation of these proposals.
  2. To call for the establishment of local youth units to replace junior councils.

6.4.2 Organs of Civil Society

Noting

  1. Previous Congress Resolutions on the National Youth Council;
  2. The launch of the South African Youth Council as an umbrella body of all national youth organisations.
  3. That the South African Youth Council is still at its formation stage.

Believing

  1. That the SAYC provides a platform for youth organisations to come together and share ideas on youth development and on how they can contribute to the development of our country.
  2. The South African Youth Council should also monitor programmes and policies of government and in particular the National Youth Commission and the impact on youth.
  3. The Youth Council is also a mechanism through which South Africa's youth may establish links with other youth form the region and the world.
  4. The ANC Youth League must use the plat form created by the formation of he South African Youth Council to mobilise the South African youth around the processes of social transformation and nation building and build consensus in the Progressive Youth Alliance around this approach.

Resolves

  1. To instruct the NEC to lead the process of finalising the Constitution of the Youth Council as well as lobby for resourcing of the Council to help create full capacity.
  2. That the we should work towards the establishment of South African Youth Council structures at national, provincial and local levels.
  3. To encourage the formation of local youth councils, working together with other progressive youth organisations in communities;
  4. Ensure that the League provide guidance and leadership to the SAYC.


7. Resolutions On Safety and Security

Role of the ANCYL in Safety and Security

Noting

  1. that the society as a whole has a responsibility towards safety and security,
  2. that there are certain areas that can best find expression in a programmatic way if dealt with by the Youth League,

7.1 On Community Policing Forums

Therefore Resolves

  1. To call for the amendment of the South African Police Act to give powers to the CPF as it relates to accountability of Police Officers and transformation at station level;
  2. That it should be compulsory for all ANC Youth League structures to participate in the CPFs and that such participation must be monitored continuously.
  3. That the Human Resource development programme for CPF should have an emphasis on localised capacity building.
  4. That the ANC Youth League should initiate and direct crime prevention project as currently run by CPFs.
  5. That the human and material resource base of the CPF are utilised effectively to initiate and implement strategic crime prevention projects.
  6. That the NEC pursue the issue of youth corps in the areas of safety and security, within the context of a broader national youth service programme.

7.2 On Transformation of the SAPS

Noting

  1. That the status quo within SAPS especially as it relates to representativity in the management, affirmative action, distribution of resources, and services rendered;

Further noting that

  1. Whilst remarkable progress in so far as transformative legislation has been made, that there has not been a deliberate deployment of cadreship in SAPS;
  2. The progress in the implementation of the National Crime Prevention Strategy;

Therefore resolve:

  1. To evaluate on a regular basis the impact of legislation on the transformation of the SAPS;
  2. To lobby for legislation which allows for compulsory cross transfer of SAPS officers to address representativity and non-racialism at police station level, an overhaul of the in-service training within SAPS, for mechanisms which will ensure community input into the retraining (in-service) modules and for the appropriateness of senior appointees in the SAPS with a commitment to transformation and service to the community.

Further resolves

  1. To in co-operation with the ANC Safety and Security structures, seek to encourage and take conscious efforts towards the deployment of youth in the administrative, management and operational branches and services of the South African Police Services at all levels.

7.3 National Campaign Against Crime

Noting

  1. That the youth are the most vulnerable sector In relation to crime;
  2. That our socio-economic conditions contribute towards crime in its different manifestations;
  3. That the youth are directly and indirectly affected by crime,
  4. The shortage of positive role models for young people, within the context of the disintegration of the social fabric of our society and communities

Further noting

  1. That crime is used as an instrument of counter revolution to undermine our democracy, the perceptions about the South African economy because of crime (especially corruption) and the rise of vigilante and gangster activities which pose a serious threat to the peace and stability of our communities:
  2. The impact of the National Crime Prevention Strategy and other community and sectoral based initiatives and campaigns against crime;

Therefore resolve

To participate in the National Campaign against Crime, which should:

  1. form part of the ANC-led Alliance programme;
  2. have a mass character, with national profile;
  3. place the Youth League-led PYA at the centre of co-ordination
  4. have a very broad network of all stake holders/role players i.e. Government, NGOs, Business, etc
  5. put emphasis on crime prevention initiatives, the rebuilding of the moral fibre of our society and anti-corruption;
  6. emphasise bi-national, regional, and international co-operation; and
  7. popularise and monitor the NCPS.

7.4 On Private Security Companies

Noting

  1. The proliferation of private security companies, the large numbers of ex-security force members from the apartheid era which are part of these companies and the potential of these to be used as a basis for counter-revolution.

Resolve:

  1. To call for the regulation of these security companies;
  2. To support legislation which limits their operations beyond the borders of South Africa, especially where it may result in goals in contradiction with that of our democratic government.

7.5 On the KZN Peace Process and Peace In Other Areas

Resolve

  1. That the focus of the KZN peace process should also take into account incidents of violence which are not of a political nature, e.g E.Cape, to place within the context of a peace process with a national profile.


8. Resolutions On Education and Training

8.1 Transformation of the School Sector

Governance

Noting

  1. Lack of participation by communities in the processes of establishing School Governing Bodies (SGB's).
  2. Lack of capacity to participate actively in governance issues.

Believing that

  1. The success of the democratisation of structures rests solely on the participation of key stakeholders.

Resolves to

  1. Popularise the South African Schools Act.
  2. Encourage communities to play an active role in the formation of School Governing Bodies,involving ANC branches;
  3. Work towards the formation of Local MDM Education Fora
  4. Assist in the strengthening of COSAS Call for capacity building programmer for LRC's as part of the strategy to strengthen SGB's.
  5. Participate actively in the formation of an Association of School Governing Bodies.

On Access

Noting

  1. The continued lack of physical facilities in a majority of schools (including the shortage of classrooms, laboratories, libraries).
  2. Tendencies by some SGB's to unilaterally impose exorbitant fees, which restrict assess.
  3. That some schools in provinces such as the Northwest, N Province and others continue to resist change.
  4. The exodus of learners from disadvantaged schools to former historically advantaged schools

Believing

  1. Sound education can only take place under conditions conducive to learning and teaching.
  2. Exorbitant fees are only meant to deny the majority of the populace access to such schools
  3. Public Schools are a national asset.

Resolves

  1. To monitor the funding by government to ensure a continued biased towards the poorest schools, as set out in the South African Schools Act.
  2. A redress fund be set aside by government in favour of historically disadvantaged schools.
  3. Encourage the sharing of resources between and amongst schools.
  4. Urge companies to form partnership with government in addressing backlogs in the provision of physical facilities e.g. adopt a school
  5. Call upon government to apply stringent measures to those schools that are resistant to change.
  6. Encourage communities to jealously guard our schools from acts of criminality and vandalism.

On Colts

Noting

  1. Since its adoption, the campaign has not been effectively implemented by role players, including teachers, students, parents and workers.

Believing

  1. The campaign represents a political programme by government to create an enabling learning environment for the transformation process.

Resolves to

  1. Encourage extra classes for learners, especially in the fields of natural sciences, mathematics, commerce and technology.
  2. Campaign for the improvement of the total school environment through sport and cultural activities.
  3. Engage MDM structures and communities in general to monitor processes at school level.
  4. Run awareness campaigns for learners on social issues such as Aids and drugs awareness, democracy and human rights, etc.
  5. Encourage career guidance programmes.
  6. Utilise political leadership, constituency offices and all the machinery available at our disposal to encourage effective learning.

On Curriculum 2005

Noting

  1. The importance of educating our members on curriculum issues.

Resolves

  1. Popularise Curriculum 2005 amongst our members
  2. Our structures should monitor the implementation of the curriculum

8.2 Higher Education Transformation

Noting that

  1. The ANCYL and the ANC remains committed to the education system which is accessible to all, such a system being non-sexist, non-racial and democratic.
  2. We acknowledge the development of our policy therefore: "The doors of learning and culture shall he open to all. There shall be education for all". These aspirations we aim to realise through and education system that is.
  3. Responsive to the needs of our developing society.
  4. Democratically governed and administered and further accountable to the South African Society.
  5. Addresses the imbalances created by apartheid.
  6. Creates partnerships amongst communities, government and the education sector to accept collective responsibility and pledge equal commitment to the provision of Higher Education.
  7. The ANC appreciates the process towards the development of a new higher Education Policy and the consequent enactment of the Higher Education Act.
  8. We note the weaknesses of a properly co-ordinated Education alliance in Higher Education Sector.
  9. There continues to exist an unfortunate reality of the lack of resources, such making it impossible in the short term to realise our cherished value of free education for all.
  10. The leadership of institutions of higher learning do contribute to the almost collapse state of our higher education institutions.
  11. The decline of culture of learning, teaching and research in Higher Education as a result of varying factors.

Congress therefore resolves

On Financial Aid Scheme and Funding of Higher Education.

  1. To continue to call for the increase of government, foreign and business contributions to the National Student Aid Scheme.
  2. To call upon all students, to contribute to the cost of their education through loan schemes, community service, student placement programmes and payment of fees
  3. To reiterate the call for the expansion for NSFAS (national student financial aid scheme) to cover all sectors of Public Higher Education.

Resolve

  1. Develop mechanism of creating a platform for dialogue and interaction amongst members of the ANC and the progressive movement in institutions.
  2. To carry out a cadreship development programme for empowering our members to be deployed in structures of governance as created by the Higher Education Act.
  3. To consciously lobby for the deployment of members of the ANC in senior leadership positions at institutions, and to develop mechanisms of holders such members accountable to the organisation.

On BTF's

Resolves

  1. That the ANCYL should advocate for and campaign for their formation.

The Culture of Learning, Teaching and Service

Noting

  1. The major threat to learning and Teaching is scarce resources, demoralisation, and curriculum structure that is becoming unacceptable and irrelevant.
  2. Crime, sexual harassment and racism continues to destabilise conditions conducive for learning and teaching.

ANCYL Branches in Campuses

Noting

  1. There has been a quantitative leap in the formation of Branches in campuses without resistance from any of our allies.
  2. Continued differences between SASCO and ANCYL in campuses has not been beneficial to the transformation project.
  3. Our Branches in campuses have not been able to carry out the fullest any programmes out of educational issues.
  4. YL Branches in campuses have not gone beyond student members, despite the presence of young people in administrative staff.

Resolve

  1. To accelerate the process of the formation of PYA structures at all levels of the organisations.
  2. To priorities and concentrate on campuses where such differences continues and speedily resolve such.
  3. To broaden the membership of the ANCYL in campuses to include non-students
  4. The continued deliberate, perpetuation of the differences be investigated, with an instant of disciplinary action.

8.3 On Vocational Training

Resolve

  1. To promote the intake and development of vocational trainees, and continuously lobby far the attachment of vocational training institutions into institutions mailer learning far accreditation and quality assurance.

S.5 Science and Technology

Noting

  1. The declaration of 1998 as a year of Science and Technology.
  2. That the reservation of Science and Technology studies was a conscious campaign to restrict the majority of South African society to manual labour.
  3. The continued bias of business and capital in its continued contribution of resources for science and technology to historically advantaged communities.
  4. The underdevelopment of science and technology in our education and training system generally.

Further noting

  1. The advances in technology and science which have characterised the 20th century.

Believing

  1. That the advances made in science and technology should be utilise towards creating a better life in our country and towards a just and human world order.
  2. That science and technology will be a key component of the process of reconstruction, development and economic growth.

Resolve

  1. Encourage amongst interest amongst our members and youth in general in science and technology;
  2. Encourage and provide incentives for students to enrol in science and technology and for greater numbers of high school students to take mathematics and science subjects from an early level.

On ABET and Further Education and Training

Noting

  1. High unemployment levels in our country due to lack of skills.
  2. High rate of illiteracy amongst the majority of the populace
  3. As observed by the ANC Policy Conference in 1996 that further education is neither free nor compulsory.

Believing

  1. For people to be employable they need empowerment through skills and vocational training

Resolves

  1. Re-affirms the ANC's commitment of making education and training accessible to the majority of the population.
  2. Re-orientate Adult basic education and training to be biased towards disadvantaged groups in particular youth from rural areas, with disabilities, who are at risk, young women and returned exiles.
  3. Work with other service providers who are working in the area of ABET.
  4. ABET and Further education program should be integrated into the entire system of education and training.
  5. We should move towards the regulation of Further Education and Training institutions by law.


9. Resolutions On Elections

Congress resolves that all our work for the months leading up to the General Election in 1999 should include:

  • That all programmes and campaigns embarked upon must include a political education and training element, for example, on the voter registration campaign, the politics of participatory democracy and transformation as well as technical training on the registration process.
  • That the elections training of the ANC must include Youth League representatives. That the elections structures of the ANC must include representatives from the constitutional structures of the ANCYL.

This 20th National Congress of the ANCYL re-affirms the resolution of the ANC National Conference in Mafikeng on winning elections with an overwhelming majority and commits the ANC Youth League towards making this a reality by:-

9.1 Mobilising and educating the Youth for an overwhelming majority victory for the ANC in 1999 election

Noting that

  1. The transformation of South Africa into a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic country is a task that requires a government with a clear and strong mandate from the electorate.
  2. The ANC-led liberation movement is the only organisation that has the capacity and will to transform this country in the context of the creation of a better life for all.
  3. The majority of young people have shown their support for the ANC in the past;
  4. There will be a large number of young people who have never voted before who will vote in 1999.

Therefore Resolves that

  1. The ANCYL will deploy all its structures and allocate available resources to mobilise and educate the youth of this country to vote in their millions for the ANC in the 1999 elections.
  2. Special emphasis will be placed on the provinces where the ANC is either in opposition or does not have a strong majority.

9.2 On a Youth Elections Platform

Noting that

  1. The youth constitutes a large sector of the voting population in the country.
  2. The youth have specific issues that need to be addressed.

Further noting

  1. The sometimes unhealthy tensions between the ANCYL and SASCO and
  2. The lack of a clear and coherent programme that drives the activities of the PYA

And Further Noting

  1. That there remains cohesion in the Progressive Youth Alliance on a transformation vision

Believing that

  1. The ANCYL is the leading detachment of youth formations in the country, and that
  2. The RDP remains the core electoral platform and programme for the liberation movement.

We therefore resolve that

  1. The incoming NEC must convene a lekgotla of the Progressive Youth Alliance to discuss the electoral platform.
  2. The incoming NEC must develop a draft document on the platform to present at the lekgotla deriving its content from the political vision of the ANC, defining our commitment to the Reconstruction and Development, which include transformation of the state and society, eradicating poverty, developing our human resources and safety and economic development and growth.
  3. The platform should have as its main components the following issues as it affects young people: Human resource development, with a focus on education and training, Health, Criminal Justice System; Job creation.
  4. The lekgorla must also define a process for regular engagement of the PYA within the context of a Programme of Action for 1998 of which the elections will be the priority.

9.3 ID Drive and Voter Registration

Noting that

  1. The possession of ID documents and voter registration will be a key requirement for voter eligibility in the 1999 elections.
  2. In the context of our call to reduce the voting age to 16, many young people will not be in possession of ID documents.

We therefore resolve to

  1. immediately embark, together with the ANC, registration will be a key requirement for voter eligibility in the 1999 elections.
  2. In the context of our call to reduce the voting age to 16, many young people will not be in possession of ID documents.

We therefore resolve to

  1. immediately embark, together with the ANC, on an ID acquisition drive.
  2. insist that Home Affairs begins immediately to make the application process for ID documents accessible, user friendly and efficient, including sending mobile units to rural areas and tertiary institutions to both allow for the application and distribution of ID documents, and keeping offices open on weekends.
  3. establish ID drive committees in every branch; d) develop a programme and work hard to ensure that all youth who are eligible to yore are registered "ID Today Vote Tomorrow".

9.4 Lowering the voting age

Noting that

  1. The historical role played by the South African youth in shaping the political landscape of our country.
  2. The youth comprise a large percentage of the South African population and, at the same time, are one of the most marginalised sectors of the population.
  3. A 16 year old in South African can have a license to posses a firearm.
  4. A 17 year old can sign up for military service, take out life insurance and apply for majority status if s/he is economically independent from his/her parents.
  5. That school leaving age is 16yrs (SASA) and a 15 year old is allowed to work under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

Further noting

  1. The ANC National Conference resolution on the need to investigate and process the possibilities of reducing the voting age.

Therefore Resolve to

  1. Campaign to reduce the voting age to 16, including engaging MDM youth structures on the issue, continuing to push the ANC to reach consensus on the issue and lobbying all the relevant structures on the matter; mobilising the broadest consensus amongst the population as a whole on the issue through awareness campaigns and a signature campaign.

9.5 Voter outreach and deployment

Noting that

  1. a landslide victory for the ANC in the 1999 elections is essential for the consolidation and deepening of the National Democratic Revolution.
  2. the campaign for the 1999 elections must start now as part of our ongoing programme of transformation.
  3. the majority of people in the country are not kept in constant contact with the ANC and processes that inform the direction of the country.
  4. The target groups for the ANCYL include our base support and those that have not necessarily participated in youth prograrnmes. These include,
  5. religious youth, unemployed youth, secondary and tertiary students, working youth, new voters, white youth, black minority youth, rural and farm youth, sport and culture sectors, young women, disabled youth, youth in prisons.

Therefore resolve

  1. To embark on a co-ordinated voter outreach programme together with the ANC, but defined specifically to the sector that we represent.
  2. To ensure that all comrades in leadership positions are deployed, particularly to institutions where young people are located such as secondary and tertiary institutions and a programme of 'Youth Leader to 100 voters'.
  3. That the constitutional structures of the ANCYL and the ANC must drive this programme.
  4. To encourage our branches to start composing songs which reflect the elections mood.

9.6 Communication Strategy

Noting that

  1. The movement has not developed effective mechanisms for the communication of our achievements.
  2. Negative perceptions about the progress of transformation are created primarily by the media and the opposition

Further noting

  1. That the best and most profound form of communication is the direct contact that the ANCYL has with the mass of youth in the country

Therefore resolves:

  1. To utilise methods of communication in keeping with our traditions such as people's forums, targeted meetings, home     visits and door-to-door work.
  2. To ensure that, through the PYA processes, progressive youth structures convey a common message and agenda on core, principled issues.
  3. That the in-coming NEC develop strategies for using all forms of media (such as print, community and commercial radio and television, NEC Bulletins, Horizon, etc.).
  4. That provincial, regional and branch structures develop similar strategies to deal with local and provincial media.
  5. To use our own posters and pamphlets, in appropriate languages, to project our message around particular campaigns.

9.7 List Process

Noting that

  1. The list process is an important process that is part of the democracy culture in our movement;
  2. Guidelines for the list process are often too loose and create unnecessary tensions.

Therefore resolve that

  1. The in-coming NEC must liaise directly with the List Committee of the ANC to develop an approach to the process. This approach must include the following elements.
  2. The guidelines for a list process must be drawn up in the context of a developed understanding of mandate, accountability and recall issues.
  3. The Committee must develop criteria to help guide branches in their nominations.
  4. A clear deployment strategy is developed to ensure that we are able to most strategically spread our cadres in a variety of sectors and all three spheres of government.


10. Resolutions On Finance And Fundraising

10.1. Adoption of the Audited statements & Finance Policy and Procedures

Noting

  1. The marked improvement in the financial management of the ANCYL;
  2. The implementation of recommendations of auditors and management.

Resolve

  1. Adopt the 1996 and 1997 Audited Financial statements as presented to Congress;
  2. Adopt the Financial Policy and Procedures documents as amended.

10.2 Investments Report and Guidelines

Resolve to:

  1. Note and adopt the Investment report as tabled before the Finance Commission and in particular the objectives viz.:-
  • Self-sufficiency of the ANCYL;
  • Economic transformation, changing ownership patterns in line with the objectives of the NDR;
  • Youth development, with emphasis on education and training, job creation for young people;
  • Generating sufficient social profits for infra-structural development
  1. Mandate the NEC to develop investment guidelines which should include:-
  • avoidance of investments which are political insensitive;
  • separate investments activities and structures from the constitutional structures of the ANCYL;
  • ensure political accountability through trustees appointed by the YL;
  • seek appropriate alliances with allies such as the investment organs of the unions and other sister organisations;
  • guidelines which are applicable to all levels of the organisation.

10.3. On fund raising

Resolve to:

Note and adopt the Fundraising document as presented to the Finance Commission; Mandate the NEC to set up units such as a Strategic investment Unit for long-term fundraising and fund

2. Amendments to the Finance Policy and Procedures

Specific amendments were made to the Draft Finance Policy and Procedures as presented to the commission.


Introduction   Credentials   Declaration    Address - President Thabo Mbeki    Resolutions   Closing Address    Conclusion