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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