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African National Congress Youth League

23rd National Congress - Resolutions

 27th – 29th June 2008, Nasrec, Gauteng

Special Resolution in support of the President of the ANC, Comrade Jacob Zuma

Noting:

  1. That publicly available evidence shows that:
    1. Jacob Zuma is being subjected to a selective prosecution in violation of his rights under Section 09 of the Constitution of South Africa; through selective prosecution and trial by proxy during Schabir Schaik trial, while his reputation was damaged in the court of public opinion.
    2. For more than seven years, the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) publicly refrained from filing charges against Zuma, but continued a flurry of rhetoric and media agitation of allegations against Zuma in a manner showing clear abuse of the legal process.
    3. The principle of justice delayed is justice denied has been conveniently ignored, while Zuma was subjected to the torture of public condemnation and after he suffered irreparable harm due to the prosecution’s misuse of its discretionary power to file criminal charges. Section 35(3) (d) of the Constitution of South Africa stipulates that every person has the right “to have their trial begin and conclude without unreasonable delay”.
    4. In a flagrant display of the violation of the principle of fairness and equality of treatment, the Contract of the Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi was extended after he was criminally charged, yet Jacob Zuma was released on the basis of an assumption that he had a case to answer.
    5. In a vindictive way, the NPA had added thirteen charges in the resurrected case against Jacob Zuma, and in violation of due process.
    6. Judge Msimang did find, on merit, that the Scorpions had no case henceforth. He struck the case off the roll. On their seventh year of desperate attempts, they still failed to secure a court date because yet again they had no case to present. The Scorpions invited themselves to pronounce the new date on the media a day before elections at the 52nd National Conference of the ANC but delegates were not to be fooled.
    7. The Public Protector declared that the pronouncement by the ex-Director of Public Prosecutions concerning the case against Jacob Zuma was a violation of dignity and the presumption of innocence, but parliament conveniently forgot to act on these findings.

Believing

  1. That the combination of the above clearly indicates that the case against Jacob Zuma is a political trial aimed at frustrating him and the will of members of the ANC.
  2. That it is evident that the NPA, the executive branch of government, mainly the Presidency, and the judiciary have all sanctioned a judicial execution process, and in doing so, they have not only violated Jacob Zuma’s rights, but have acted contrary to South African Constitution and International Jurisprudence.
  3. That the violations and the doctrine of abuse of process and office are sufficient for the calling for the dismissal of the case.
  4. That the Court has power to intervene and safeguard the accused from oppression and to prevent prosecution when it would be unjust.
  5. An attack on the President of the ANC is an attack on the revolution and seeks to portray the African National Congress as a directionless movement.
  6. The President of the ANC will be President of the country after the 2009 General elections, and that the Youth League will do everything in its power to ensure that such is a reality.
  7. The few individuals within and outside the ANC who have access to recourses and state machinery who attempt to stop Cde Jacob Zuma from becoming President of the Republic must consult counselling and be rescued from their illusions, for all their tendencies will be stopped and eliminated by young people armed with political consciousness and facts.    
  8. The 1994 breakthrough made us realize, among other things, the Act 108 of 1996(Constitution of the Republic) which unequivocally stated that every citizen of the Republic has a right to bodily dignity; right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty; right to receive a fair and speedily trial.
  9. All these constitutional rights have been transgressed in the political trial against Comrade Jacob Zuma and if young people are to be quiet and allow to be intimidated into fear or silence, these progressive rights will only remain in paper and our people will continue to be victimized and treated unfairly. Therefore the defence of Cde Jacob Zuma is in the medium and long term, a defence of democracy and youth.

We therefore resolve that:

  1. The case against Jacob Zuma should be permanently dismissed.
  2. We will provide Jacob Zuma with our unqualified support during the challenging period, and proclaim our readiness to do anything in our power to ensure that his rights are protected.
  3. The NPA and the executive branch of our government should desist from the vindictive prosecution and persecution of the President of the ANC.
  4. We will spare no effort in undermining those efforts aimed at frustrating and reversing the gains made in the 52nd National Conference of the ANC.
  5. We will mobilise the community in general and young people across the country and make it our mission that they are conscious and aware of injustice and undermining of the constitution. 
  6. We will further finalize establishment of an adhoc legal team to adequately advise us and subsequently the state on processes and legalities on how we have to process the permanent stay of this politically inspired case.
  7. Once this process is finalized in the near future, as young people we will be armed enough to root out and cleanse the republic of all state machinery abuse, undermining of constitution, disregard of law, attempts to circumvent will of people etc. We will take to the streets, camp in courts and petition the courts up until all evil tendencies are rooted out by popular demand.

Economic Transformation

Noting:

  1. The 22nd National Congress resolutions of the African National Congress Youth League on the transformation of our economy
  2. The 52nd National Conference resolutions of the African National Congress on Economic Transformation.
  3. That society is still characterised by massive inequalities, high levels of poverty and unemployment.
  4. That our economy is still largely dominated by Monopolies and that there is still no real competition, and that this in itself undermines our efforts at comprehensive transformation and distribution of wealth.
  5. The economic recession in the World has had a negative effect on the South African economy.
  6. That the South African economy has in the past assumed the posture of placing growth above development
  7. The recent pronouncement by the judiciary to classify the South African Chinese populace as black, and thereby them also being regarded as prime beneficiaries of Black Economic Empowerment

Believing:

  1. That the Freedom Charter continues to be our guiding vision in all discussions and programmes of economic transformation.
  2. In the construction of a Developmental State, there should be strong sense of common and shared ownership and control of the strategic sectors of the South African economy.
  3. That there has been progress made in resolving the problems of extreme poverty since 1994, although with massive challenges, particularly facing youth.
  4. That there is need for comprehensive Industrial Strategy, which will address the massive challenge of low labour-absorption capacity of the South African economy.
  5. That poverty and unemployment remain the major challenge for South Africa, and the region.
  6. That youth continue to be the most marginal beneficiaries of our democratic system, being the most affected by high levels of unemployment, under-employment, casualisation, social and economic exclusion and poverty.
  7. That GEAR, should assume the responsibility of the South African economy not being developmental in orientation, thereby requiring some attention in shaping a new-look economic posture leaning more heavily towards development than on narrow economic growth;
  8. That the African National Congress has resolved politically to affirm the movement’s definition of who constitute the Black majority, and thus the key beneficiaries of economic programmes

Therefore resolve:

  1. All economic transformation programmes and practices pursued by the African National Congress led government should be aimed at bettering the lives of people, and attainment of the Freedom Charter objectives and aspirations.
  2. With balance of forces shifting in favour of forces of change, the ANC should re-assert itself in the programme to realise Freedom Charter aspirations.
  3. The ANC Youth League’s assessment of all Economic Transformation programmes and activities will be measured in relation to the aims, objectives and aspirations of the Freedom Charter.
  4. That should work towards the implementation of the 52nd National Conference of the ANC that are geared towards building an economy that is growing and developmental.
  5. That between now and 2012, we shall ensure that Government places at the centre of its agenda issues of Youth Development
  6. That the ANC Government should work towards the realisation of development, redistribution and economic growth, ensuring at all times the development and redistribution drive economic growth, and conversely.
  7. That whilst intensifying programmes such as the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP), the State should explore other labour absorptive and developmental activities such as Early Childhood Development and Home Based Care as means of providing sustainable employment in our communities.
  8. That GEAR must be reviewed, so as to respond the new economic challenges facing our country as a whole,
  9. To affirm the fact that in terms of the ANC’s resolve, Blacks should be limited to the African majority, Coloureds and Indians. Thereby Chinese South Africans should be very specifically excluded in our definition as Black.
  10. Further resolved on the following key challenges:

On Monopoly Capital

  1. That we must continue to change patterns of ownership of the means of production in South Africa, and this should be informed by our vision as outlined in the Freedom Charter that people shall share in the country’s wealth.
  2. The means to regulate monopoly capital and monopolistic behaviour by huge corporations should include nationalisation, strengthening of competition law enforcement, and expropriation without compensation. The expropriation without compensation should particularly apply to monopolies and cartels that fix prices at the expense of poor people.     
  3. That we must continue to view and approach Monopoly Capital as the strategic enemy of the National Democratic Revolution. 

On The Developmental State

  1. The ANC YL agrees with the gist of the ANC 52nd National Conference resolutions in the construction of a developmental state, but emphasises the following:
    1. It should build capacity to be able to perform its own functions and tasks, and limit by all means possible, the tendering and contracting of State programmes and activities.
    2. It should be democratic, but in control of the strategic sectors of the South African economy for developmental purposes.
    3. It should protect the labour laws of all South African and migrants.

Capital Ownership 

  1. The State should control and be in ownership of strategic sectors of the South African economy, including the extraction, production and trade of petroleum and mineral resources, metals, iron ore, steel, coal, water, marine resources and land.
  2. The State should control and be in ownership of major transport logistics such as airports and harbours and energy production and all strategic infrastructures for developmental purposes.
  3. The State should be custodian of the people in its ownership, extraction, production and trade of mineral wealth beneath the soil, monopoly industries and banks.
  4. The BEE Charters in all industries should prescribe black and youth ownership and management of not less than 50%.
  5. That Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) should ring in relation to our BEE approach

On Banking and Access to Capital

  1. That we must continue to ensure that the banking industry and financial sector is transformed.
  2. The state should regulate this industry and ensure that our people in particular have access to banking.
  3. The financing of majority of Black Economic Empowerment deals should be directed on new labour absorptive industrial process and economic activities.
  4. The State should establish a State Bank, which will deal with financing of developmental programmes such as housing, transport, infrastructure, and new industries.
  5. That all Charters should have as a basic proponent Youth as a key beneficiary
  6. That the necessity of collateral 10 percent be put aside for aspiring entrepreneurship, attempting to access financing;
  7. That the NEC of the ANCYL review the Lambede Investment arm, in relation to it’s role in the production of capital and access to finance for our membership

On Industrial Strategy

  1. That the industrial strategy must encapsulate the general thrust of the Integrated Youth Development Strategy, particularly with regard to skills development and employment creation, but also with the view to break the legacy of inherited poverty due o the legacy of the racial and gender discrimination.
  2. The industrial strategy should lead to equitable spatial development. This should guide public infrastructure investment to cover all areas and develop new centres of economic potential and development, rather than focusing on few selected territories.
  3. That competition laws and practices, and fines are not the only way of dealing with monopoly capital and practices. The State should utilise various other interventions, including nationalization, entering the market at huge scale and increased taxation of monopolies over a long period, nationalisation and expropriation without compensation. 
  4. BEE financing by the State should mainly focus on financing new industrial developments.
  5. The State should subsidize both import-substituting and export orientated industrial development, with the former given priority. 
  6. Adoption of legislation on procurement policies to support local production, broad based employment and small business development.
  7. In the face of food prices hike and possible food shortages, the production of bio-fuels should be stopped as it has potential to consume the land and water meant for the production of food.
  8. The State should improve its presence in the production of basic food stuffs to protect the vulnerable from global food and commodity shifts.
  9. There should be increased support for Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) and Co-operatives.

On Migration and the Economy

  1. All forms of economic planning and allocation of resources in South Africa should consider the reality of socio-economic migration, both legal and illegal migration. 
  2. The labour of immigrants should be protected within the labour laws of the country.
  3. The regulation and monitoring of labour practices of private corporations, particularly Mines, farms, construction industry, private security and retail sector should be strengthened.
  4. Overall, the South African society under the leadership of government should develop a concrete and comprehensive response plan and programme on the    reality of socio-economic     migration

 On Procurement

  1. That we must ensure that procurement policies of Government are inclusive of  Youth and Young women by more than 40%

On Infrastructure Investment

  1. That more resources must be dedicated for infrastructure development.

On Monopoly Capital and Market Abuse

  1. That government should seize the assets of any company found guilty and have in place a minimum penalty fine of 70% of the total profits recorded during the criminality period;
  2. Government must regulate the prices of all industries;
  3. policy of penalties, and that government should ensure that the directors be criminal prosecuted;

On Monetary Policy and Balance of Payments

  1. That the inflation targeting band should be reviewed from the existing 3-6% to 9%;
  2. That government should introduce state subsidies for specific labour intensive productive sectors. This would enable the South African economy to export more goods and to reduce the current account trade deficit the.

Youth and Governance

Noting that:

  1. The 52nd National Congress of the ANC has challenged the mandate of the Youth League in our plight to rally young people behind the ANC whilst championing their interests.
  2. In performing this task, the Youth League should address the challenges of our past by providing and ensuring provision of a better life for all in all spheres of government, i.e. Local, Provincial and National Governance.

Believing that

  1. The Resolutions of the 22nd National Congress of the ANC Youth League on this matter remains relevant.
  2. Continuous and effective implementation of those resolutions is an urgent priority.

Therefore resolves That:

  1. Implementation of all resolutions on Youth and Governance adopted at the 22nd Congress must be finalised and clear time-frames drawn, with adequate evaluation and monitoring mechanisms.
  2. Additional to the resolutions of the 22nd National Congress of the ANC YL, the 23rd National Congress take resolutions on the following:

On Parliament

  1. Communicate and popularise internal parliamentary institutions and their work e.g. Portfolio Committees, Parliamentary Standing committees, etc. and provide branches with a rooster of parliamentary business for periodic inputs by Youth League members.
  2. The youth league must mobilise the youth of South Africa to effectively form part of the public consultative meetings on specific issues related to approval of legislative bills as led by parliament.
  3. The Youth League should ensure that participation by young people in parliamentary and legislation processes is enhanced and harnessed to strengthen the voice of youth in governance and legislation.

On The Executive

  1. More attention should be given to local government where Youth league structures should actively participate in ward committees and engage executive mayors and mayoral committees on issues of youth development.
  2. There should be constant skills audit by ANCYL branches and regional structures, so as to ensure swift deployments where skills are needed.
  3. Reemphasis on SALGA resolution on youth units is reaffirmed and that proper monitoring needs to be done, so as to ensure that all local municipalities are represented.
  4. ANCYL structures should partake in council caucuses, so as to ensure delivery on the ground.

On The Judiciary

  1. The ANCYL should seek to influence the composition of institutions like the Law Commission, Law Societies and the National Democratic Lawyers Association (NADEL) through progressive individuals to influence the transformation of the Judiciary.
  2. Undertake information campaigns, educational and training programmes aimed at sensitising youth to the procedures of all judicial matters.

On Chapter 9 Institutions:

  1. Engage in a process of ensuring that we keep all of these institutions accountable through entering in Memorandums of Understanding on Youth Development targets and account on these.
  2. Reject the youth development recommendations made in the Kadar Asmal Report on the Review of Chapter Institutions.

On Public Participation

  1. Constituency offices should be situated and adequately utilised as centres for youth input to legislative processes;
  2. Enhance capacity of ANCYL structures to participate and influence the legislative processes through public hearings.
  3. Build relations with public participation committees of national assembly, provincial legislatures and local government;

On the Role of Structures

  1. The ANC Youth League Induction Programme to all members and structures should include an Introduction to Governance and Legislative Affairs;
  2. To lobby all government departments for the implementation of the National Youth Service programme.
  3. NEC must formulate time frames for Provinces to ensure that they finalise the process of launching local Youth Development Structures that must be composite of the National Youth Development Agency, while the national office must lead in the overall creation of the NYDA, as per the ANC 52nd National Conference resolution.

On the Voting Age

  1. The Youth League generally support the lowering of the voting age from 18 years to 16 years and that in the same manner the ANCYL should emphasise the importance of political education, especially Voter Education and Democratic Participation.
  2. The number of years for people eligible to receive an Identity Document should be reduced to 14 years, and the relevant Stakeholders in the State should ensure that this is a reality.

On Floor Crossing

  1. The ANC YL supports the ANC resolution on abolishment of floor crossing, and that public representatives of other political parties should be encouraged to join the ANC, regardless of whether or not they retain their seats.

On The Public Service

  1. ANCYL reaffirms confidence in the leadership of the ANC in the process of unification of the administration in the three spheres of government into a single public service.

On Ethics and Integrity 

  1. ANC YL must play an active role in the MORAL REGENERATION MOVEMENT programmes in government and in society at large.
  2. The ANC YL should advocate on the advertisement regulation of alcohol and focus also on its sponsorship of national sporting activities such as soccer, rugby and cricket.
  3. Youth League Members should continue to actively promote ethical and democratic values and lead by example.
  4. The ANC YL should champion the challenges of crime and corruption by extensive campaigns.
  5. The Youth League should be on the forefront of building patriotism amongst youth of all races.

On the Cooling - Off Period

  1. The ANC YL Support ANC decision in developing a clear framework to guide the flow of government employees between public and private sector particularly when political deployees retire, partly with the view to combat corruption and nepotism in the private sector due to their prior positions of authority.

On The Women’s Ministry

  1. The ANC YL supports the creation of the Women’s Ministry, whilst noting the differences expressed concerning the matter.

On The Meger of Youth Develoment Structures

  1. ANC YL welcomes the resolution of the ANC in Limpopo for the formation of the National Youth Development Agency in the course of 2008.
  2. ANCYL should form part of the processes as led by government towards the establishment of National Youth Development Agency and the general adoption by government of the Integrated Youth Development Strategy (IYDS) as an overarching policy programme on youth development.

On Land Reform

  1. That we must implement the Land Agrarian revolutionary approach as outlined n the 2008 ANC January 8th Statement.

On Entrepreneurship

  1. That we must build a culture of entrepreneurship,
  2. That we must ensure that Government puts in place polices that are youth friendly towards building an entrepreneur spirit.

Education & Health

On Education

The Commission notes and appreciate the following:

  1. The discussions and resolutions of the 52nd National Conference on Health and Education as key driving pillars of social transformation, which are:
    1. The overarching vision that informs ANC education policy is “People's Education for People's Power”.
    2. Career guidance should be a compulsory subject from grade 8 upwards.
    3. We must progressively expand the school nutrition programme to include high school learners in poorer communities.
    4. National norms and standards to be developed to determine the roles, functions and responsibilities of district offices.
    5. Norms and standards should be developed to classify schools, given the variation of school types in provinces.
    6. A policy on affirmative measures for HDIs with specific emphasis on infrastructure, access and staff provisioning
    7. The duality of public servants elected as councillors undermines both or either of the two with regards to efficiency and this must be reviewed.
    8. To affirm that all principals should undertake a leadership, management and governance course
    9. To review Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) so as to ensure that it better responds to the skills demand.
    10. The establishment of a national education evaluation and development unit for purposes of monitoring, evaluation and support.
    11. The no fee schools should be expanded to 60% by 2009.
    12. Progressively introduce free education for the poor until end of undergraduate level.
    13. The ANC to focus rigorously on the quality of education.
    14. Education must be prioritized as one of the most important programmes for the next five years.
    15. Mathematics, science and IT must be promoted and supported, including through Saturday tutorial programmes and bursaries should be offered to teachers in these areas.
    16. New curriculum must be accompanied with skills development of teachers.
    17. Building of schools to replace mud schools must be included in the Expanded Public Works (EPW) programme.
    18. We should recruit from foreign countries on scare skills such as mathematics and science.
    19. The NEC should critically consider the outcomes of the recently held education summit with a view to implementing the proposals that emerged.

Believing; 

  1. Not to focus on theory since we understand the problems we are facing on health and education.
  2. Our universities still remain untransformed. 
  3. The curriculum is largely unresponsive to developmental, societal and economical needs of our country. 
  4. Supports the call for free education and see to its implementation.
  5. Gradually ban school fees in all our schools.
  6. Enforce that all children who are at school going age be at school
  7. Teaching and learning should happen, as non negotiable.
  8. Involvement of SADTU and COSAS in establishing Education and Health Desks at all levels of the organization.

We therefore adopt all campaigns and programmes in the discussion document for implementation by all organizational structures with the following additions mainly on time frames:

  1. By 2012, minimum of 60% of students in Higher Education Institutions should be on free quality education.
  2. By 2009 all mud schools should be eradicated.
  3. Increase the quantitative capacity of Institutions of Higher Learning by 30% by 2012, particularly those historically disadvantaged, to absorb more students.

Further resolve on the following list of identified campaigns and programmes:

  1. Launch an Intensive Learning and Teaching campaign.
  2. Launch National Life Skills and Career Guidance program.
  3. Launch National Mentorship Program.
  4. Initiate a Protect Your School Campaign.
  5. Initiate a drive for the formation of Alumni Associations in all our township and rural schools.
  6. Re-launching of schools sports in all our township and rural schools.
  7. Campaign for the building of school halls, libraries and sports grounds in all our township and rural schools.
  8. Campaign on civil education
  9. Intensify the free education campaign
  10. Call for capping of fee increments.
  11. Spearhead the Right to Learn Campaign.
  12. Campaign for alternative student services to offer affordable services like second hand bookshops in all universities.
  13. Lobby the department of education for more subsidies for our universities in particular historically disadvantaged institutions and campuses.
  14. Lobby for the introduction of the National Admission Office, where all student and prospective students will send applications for admission into Institutions of Higher Learning.

Further resolve that:

  1. Government should establish early childhood centres in all our township and rural areas. 
  2. Re-establish/ Reopen Colleges of education to produce more teachers with an emphasis on Mathematics, Science & IT and OBE.
  3. Spearhead a campaign with SADTU, for better remuneration for teachers as part of the retention strategy.
  4. Support and participate in development of the National Oath, which should be recited in all schools and wherever young people gather.
  5. Campaign for and ensure stronger regulation of Liquor Trade in the proximity of teaching and learning institutions.
  6. Review NSFAS policies consider it to be a central agency to distribute all government bursaries.
  7. Advocate for deployment ANC YL members to the NSFAS board.
  8. Utilise NSFAS to progressively introduce free education.
  9. Encourage the production of African Academics.
  10. To encourage young offenders to further their studies.

On Health

Noting:

  1. The 22nd National Congress resolutions on health and HIV/AIDS, particularly the following:
  1. Develop and implement a comprehensive HIV and AIDS programme aimed at achieving “zero” infections amongst the youth by 2014;
  2. Branches must ensure that they form partnerships with community based organisations (CBOs), (NAPWA), establish support groups, participate in Home and Community Based Care, treatment as part of the process of implementing the programme; including ensuring that both male and female condoms are permanently available in localities.
  3. Support the Professionalisation of Community Development Health Workers and Youth Development Workers,
  4. Have an on-going programme targeting young men on gender equality, and build the confidence of young women to be able to negotiate and decide on their reproductive rights.

Further Noting

  1. The resolutions of the ANC 52nd National Conference, particularly the following:
  2. Reaffirm the implementation of the National Health Insurance System by further strengthening the public health care system and ensuring adequate provision of funding.
  3. To develop a reliable single health information system.
  4. Government should intervene in the high cost of health provision.
  5. There should be health cover for Veterans of the struggle.
  6. We should develop a recruitment and Human Resource Development strategy for health professionals.
  7. Develop a MoU with foreign countries on the exodus of health professionals.
  8. The ANC should further consider the matter of making HIV and AIDS notifiable. In this regard a distinction should be made between the two, as these are two conditions. In doing this, the ANC should also consider the negative implications of this recommendation, such as stigma.
  9. We accelerate the rollout of the comprehensive health care programme, such as through the provision of ARV at all health facilities. At the same time we should strengthen capacity to monitor the side effects of ARV.
  10. We accelerate programmes for hospital revitalisation including through innovative solutions that accommodate partnerships.
  11. We intensify our efforts to create an environment that promotes positive individual behaviour in our communities, especially amongst young people.
  12. There will be no need to adopt a special HIV and AIDS grant, as this will be catered for by the comprehensive social security system.
  13. The ANC should explore the possibility of a state-owned pharmaceutical company that will respond to and intervene in the curbing of medicine prices.
  14. More resources be allocated to programmes on sexual awareness. ANC branches must be actively involved in these programmes.
  15. Introduce a policy on African traditional medicine.
  16. Caution should be exercised when deciding on PPPs as a solution for the delivery of health services.
  17. Diseases such as TB and cancer should be given special attention.

Believing That:

  1. The statistics on the rate of HIV/AIDS infection still remain critically high thou stable.
  2. HIV/AIDS is a major challenge, we face. We are either infected or affected.
  3. Target young people on discouraging sexual activities.
  4. That condoms use would saves lives and reduces infection rates.
  5. Condoms distribution should be readily available
  6. We can attain 0% infection rate by 2014.
  7. Encouraging VCT amongst young people would contribute towards destigmatisation of HIV/AIDS.
  8. Those infected and with low CD4 must access ARV’s and ARV’s should be widely distributed
  9. Destigmatise HIV/AIDS.
  10. Looking at implications of making HIV/AIDS a notifiable disease.
  11. Making clinics friendly and accessible for all young people.
  12. Contraception should be encouraged in the face of high levels of teenage pregnancies.
  13. Illegal abortions should be discouraged and efforts at combating these must be intensified.
  14. Alcohols abuse is a problem in our communities and efforts at combating alcohol abuse and excessive drinking must be spearheaded.
  15. Promote Healthy lifestyles and healthy living campaign.

We therefore resolve to adopt all campaigns and programmes as proposed in the discussion document:

  1. Intensify HIV/AIDS Awareness campaign, with one Round one Condom Campaign, which should include Femidom (female condom) as its focal campaign. 
  2. Initiate and/or support existing home based care for the bed ridden and terminal ill patients with HIV/AIDS.
  3. Initiate and /or support existing support groups.
  4. Jointly with CBOs support a campaign to highlight the plight of children led households and also assist them to access all the basic services like social grants, psychological support, health and education.
  5. Campaign for ARVs to be made available to all those who need them.
  6. Intensify the struggle to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS by encouraging young people to undergo VCT, to have visible VCT centres in all our gatherings.
  7. Campaign against substance abuse.
  8. Campaign to Name/Shame those who are involved in drug trafficking and those who are selling drugs. 
  9. Encourage youth representation on hospital and clinic boards, to enable young people to raise their issues as it relates to health services to young people in that particularly clinic or hospital.
  10. Initiate a National Campaign on Contraception
  11. Popularise the free government service for Termination of Pregnancy (Abortion) and they should be accessible and friendly. 
  12. Campaign and raise awareness about health lifestyles as holistic approach.

Further Resolve To:

  1. Spearhead a campaign with NEHAWU/DENOSA/SAMA/ SADNU, for better remuneration for health professionals as part of the retention strategy.
  2. Encourage young people to follow careers in the health sector.
  3. Support a Service Reprisal System in all our public clinics/hospitals.
  4. Advocate for youth representation in AIDS Advisory Councils at all levels.
  5. Circumcision be encouraged but not be allowed to disrupt education. 
  6. Review the grant system for those infected with HIV/AIDS.

Youth and Social Transformation

Noting That:

  1. Young people constitute majority of the population of South and the most afflicted by social ills and developmental challenges, including high levels of unemployment, poverty, underdevelopment, crime and various other challenges.
  2. The levels, extent and degree of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment
  3. Comprehensive social transformation entails changing the material conditions of all South Africans, especially the youth for the better; but also ensure that that they forge a nation inspired by values of human solidarity.
  4. The twin tasks of the ANC YL remain that of championing the interests of the youth and rally them behind the vision of the ANC.
  5. The second decade of freedom further presents to the youth to access and seize the opportunities of democracy but also to ensure the acceleration of the social services to improve the social wellbeing of all young people.
  6. The 52nd National Conference resolution of the African National Congress, which prioritised key aspects of social transformation.

Further Noting That:

  1. Whilst many young people have accessed various social development services such as education, health care, and other poverty eradication programmes, yet many young people find themselves trapped in poverty, lack skills and have limited access to work and entrepreneurial opportunities. This contributes to their vulnerability and social alienation.  The limited access to social development services to young people gives rise to a range of socially deviant behaviours. 
  2. South African society is still characterised by vestiges of social intolerances, such as tribalism, racism, sexism and xenophobia.

Believing That:

  1. The task of the ANC YL is to continuously mobilise and raise the political consciousness among the youth in order to improve the material conditions of all South Africans especially the youth.
  2. The Social Transformation resolutions of the ANC 52nd National Conference provide a firm and correct basis on which the ANC YL approaches social transformation.
  3. The Freedom Charter remains our strategic vision in the course of social transformation.
  4. The African National Congress led government should intensify social transformation programmes and speed up service delivery to improve the living conditions of people, particularly youth.

Therefore resolve That On:

Youth Unemployment and Poverty:

  1. The ANC YL should advocate for an industrial strategy, which in the main promotes labour-absorptive industrialization and productive entrepreneurship amongst the youth, which should be spatially representative.
  2. ANC YL resolves to lobby all sections of the State, particularly government to function at full employment capacity, and this should be underpinned by a qualitative and quantitative increase of public servants in health, education, social services, safety and security, justice and various other sections of the State. 
  3. Explore and investigate the possibility of extending social assistance coverage to the youth especially the establishment of a Youth Income Guaranteed Scheme in order to eradicate poverty and unemployment among the youth.
  4. The ANC YL calls for a speedy conclusion on the development of a common national poverty line, which will assist in determining poverty levels and assessment of the extent at which developmental programmes eradicate poverty. 
  5. The ANC YL must ensure the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and the World Programme of Action for Youth for 2000 and beyond.
  6. The ANC YL should intensify the campaign for the provision of free basic services for the poor, such as education, healthcare, electricity, water, housing, etc.
  7. Youth should participate in agricultural programmes as basis of developing the economy and employment. For this task, the ANC YL should engage the Department of Agriculture and Land Affairs to have a concrete programme on young people and agriculture.
  8. The issue of inexperience as the basis of unemployment should be looked into, and mechanisms of absolving particularly youth into permanent and sustainable employment effected. This should consider regulation of labour and employment in all spheres of society, which will proscribe employers seeking certain levels of experience for youth to be employed.
  9. The ANC YL should lobby and campaign the illegalization of labour-brokers and agencies that unethically exploit young people.
  10. The National Youth Service Programme should be expanded and implemented in all provinces and municipalities as a way of increasing youth involvement in productive labour and programmes.

Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Abuse

  1. The ANC YL should advocate and mobilise for legislative interventions on the trade and usage of alcohol which must consider banning the sale and trade/sale of alcohol beyond certain hours and certain days. We should in this context call for the stoppage of all alcohol outlets by 12H00 midnight in all days.
  2. The ANC YL must develop a mass campaign aimed at monitoring compliance to regulations by liquor outlets located within or close to institutions of learning.
  3. Members of the ANC YL, particularly the leadership should lead by examples in their usage of alcohol.
  4. The ANC YL should advocate for the establishment of more State Rehabilitation Facilities in order to rehabilitate and integrate affected youth back to society.
  5. The ANC YL should support and be part of campaigns aimed at educate the youth about the dangers of substance abuse. This includes supporting the Department of Social Development Ke Moja Campaign by ensuring that it filters down to all levels of society and reaches wider audience.
  6. The ANC YL lead a campaign to advocate for and ensure the complete banning of alcohol advertising in all media channels, including billboards, broadcast, print and electronic media.
  7. The ANC YL should establish programmatic relations with Non-governmental organizations, Community-Based organizations, Trade Unions and religious formations in the campaign against drugs, alcohol and substance abuse.
  8.  The ANC YL should advocate for and ensure the adoption of a single national legislation on the regulation of alcohol trade, distribution, and consumption in communities.
  9. The ANC YL should mobilise communities to report people who sell drugs, illegally sell alcohol and sell alcohol to young people below the accepted age limit.
  10. The ANC YL NEC should explore the possibilities of increasing the number of years of people eligible to purchase alcohol, with a consideration of increasing the number from 18 to 21.
  11. The campaign against alcohol abuse and for healthy lifestyles should be a mass campaign and filtered to all structures.
  12. To dissuade irresponsible consumption of alcohol, drugs and substance abuse, we should call for intensification the development of sporting, arts and recreational activities and programmes, and encourage the involvement of young people in these activities.

Social Security:

  1. The ANC YL should campaign for speedy implementation of the extension of the Child Support Grant to 18 years.
  2. The ANC YL should conduct a study on the link between increased levels of teenage pregnancy and provision of social grants.
  3. The ANC YL should engage with Social Development Department to consider introducing conditionalities, such as school attendance for caregivers who are of school-going age. 

Sports, Arts and Recreation and 2010 Soccer World Cup 

  1. The government especially the Departments of Sports, Arts and Culture should be lobbied to increase resources on sports and creative industries in order to assist keep youth occupied with recreational and creative activities.
  2. The ANC YL should call for increased investment on facilities for Sports, Arts and Recreation in all communities in South Africa.
  3. The ANC YL should establish programmatic and sustainable relations with all Sports Federations in pursuit of increased and diversified sports participation in communities.
  4. The ANC YL should call for maximum participation of young people in Sports, Arts and Recreational activities, and this should include a concerted focus on the development of sporting and recreational facilities in all communities. This should be within a programme to diversify sports in our communities.
  5. The ANC YL should continue with the campaign for the transformation of sports.
  6. Young people should be beneficiaries and benefactors of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa through engagement in the tournament activities.
  7.  The involvement of youth in the 2010 Soccer World Cup should include youth from non-hosting cities across the country.
  8. Youth should participate in indigenous games during the 2010 Soccer World Cup and beyond.
  9. Youth should learn foreign languages in preparations for the Soccer World Cup in 2010.
  10. The Departments of Sports at national and provincial level should establish Fans Parks across local municipalities to involve wider participation of young people who cannot go to Stadiums, in the 2010 Soccer tournament.
  11. Youth and the ANC YL should promote and ensure the viability of Bed & Breakfast establishments, mainly in townships to guarantee their sustainability towards the 2010 World Cup Tournament,
  12. The ANC YL should mobilise its members to be part of the Marshals, Volunteers and Stewards to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
  13. The ANC YL should promote OR Tambo Games, as a means of increasing youth participation in sporting activities. The ANC YL should be at the forefront of youth participation in Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
  14. The ANC YL should call on government to establish sporting facilities, such as sporting grounds, multi-purpose centres, and community halls and ensure that youth utilise these facilities for free. This should include coaching programmes to develop the talent of young people.
  15. The ANC YL should advocate for the inclusion of Arts and Culture in the curriculum.
  16. The ANC YL should ensure that Africa Day celebrations are utilised to involve young people in arts and culture activities and programmes.
  17. The ANC YL should develop working relations with the South African Students; Sports Union (SASSU), and ensure that branches in Institutions of Higher Learning swell its ranks and strengthen its programmes and activities.

Youth and Crime

  1. As a more focused and sustainable way of fighting crime, the ANC YL should locate crime-fighting programmes within a context of fighting poverty, unemployment, starvation and underdevelopment.
  2. The ANC YL should mobilize young people in large number to join the South African Police Services Reserve Force, and engage the Minister of Safety and Security and the respective MEC on the programme to mobilize youth brigades against crime.
  3. There should be increased motivational programmes for young people to dissuade them from abuse of drugs, substances and alcohol and crime.
  4. The ANC YL should engage in campaigns for increased participation of young people and communities in sports, recreation, arts and culture as a way of fighting crime.
  5. The ANC YL should advocate for the increase of safety and security personnel, particularly the police on permanent basis to increase police visibility across communities.
  6. The ANC YL should call for increased remuneration for police officers to dissuade them from committing socio-economic criminal activities, such as bribery, fraud and theft.
  7. Should ensure that branches of the ANCYL participate in Community Police Forums and Community Safety Forums and in joint social crime prevention programmes.
  8. The ANC YL should call for a more corrective and rehabilitative correctional services for young offenders, which will include aligning the criminal record status with the sentence of convicts.
  9. ANC YL Branches, with the coordination of the organisation’s Regions should form street committees, whose main aim should be combating crime in communities.
  10. The ANC YL should engage in a Say No to Crime Campaign, which will ensure that our communities are free of crime and illegal activities.
  11. The ANC YL should mobilise the youth of South Africa to support the decision to dissolve the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO), as a means to strengthen the State capacity to fight crime.
  12.  Young women should be encouraged to report abuse in their relationships.
  13. The ANC YL should form partnerships with SADTU and COSAS for a moral regeneration campaign and a criminal justice system campaign, which will raise awareness on crime in schools.
  14. Engage in a campaign to discourage youth and the broader society to stop buying stolen goods.

Literacy Programme:

  1. Mobilise and encourage youth to be involved in the rollout of Kharigude Mass literacy campaign.
  2. The ANC YL branches in Institutions of Higher learning should drive literacy and mentorship programmes in communities, which should include mass human rights, health, information technology, basic finance management, numeracy mass campaigns.
  3. Branches of the ANC YL should establish Study groups and book clubs for constant engagement on relevant literacy, political, and ideological programmes. 
  4. The ANC YL should advocate for the establishment of Institutions of Higher Learning in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape, before 2010.

Youth and Housing:

  1. The ANC Youth League supports the effective implementation of Integrated Human Settlement Strategy, which should be underpinned by a conscious strategy to deracialise communities.
  2. The ANC YL should advocate for a complete departure of apartheid spatial planning, and halt separation of low income housing from other communities, since low income housing programmes developed since the democratic breakthrough are often neglected with regards to provision of basic amenities.
  3. The ANC YL should engage in a campaign for regulation of mortgage rates in order to encourage youth to invest in property and houses at an early age. 
  4. The ANC YL should campaign for the subsidization of all first time and youth house buyers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
  5. The ANC YL should explore the possibilities of putting a moratorium on the sale of land to white people.
  6. The ANC YL reaffirms the ANC 52nd resolution to strongly regulate the sale of land to non-South African nationals, and consider a similar resolution for developers.

HIV& AIDS:

  1. Re-affirm the 22nd National Congress Resolution on the 0% infection rate by 2014 amongst the youth.
  2. Members of the ANC YL, particularly leaders should be encouraged to do HIV Tests, and mobilise all youth to undergo the same process.
  3. The ANC YL should call for increased condoms distribution in communities, including in schools, linked with the intensification of a comprehensive lifestyles programmes. 
  4. The ANC should engage in a mass campaign to discourage multi sexual relationship amongst youth and ensuring that promiscuity is not a fashionable, but deplorable phenomenon amongst youth.

National Youth Service Programme:

  1. The ANC YL should advocate and lobby for the massification of the NYS to be implemented in all sectors of government, as a means of strengthening service delivery, promotion of nation-building, fostering social cohesion and assisting youth to gain occupational skills.
  2. The implementation of the NYSP should observe fair labour practices.
  3. The ANC YL calls for a widespread minimum stipend of R1500 for all young people involved in NYSP.
  4. Explore possibility to revive the Youth Pioneer Movement in order to promote patriotism amongst the youth.
  5. The National Youth Development Agency should be at the centre of ensuring effective and sustainable implementation of the National Youth Service Programme. 

National Youth Development Agency:

  1. The ANC YL should spearhead and strengthen youth development initiatives and structures and reinforce its role of being the primary champion for youth development.
  2. In line with the ANC 52nd National Congress resolution, the ANC YL should ensure that the National Youth Development Agency is established through the merger of the National Youth Commission and Umsobomvu Youth Fund before the end of 2008.
  3. Congress resolves that the National Youth Development Agency should be established through an Act of Parliament as a unitary, relatively autonomous structure within the State, with administrative, functional and financial independence. The implementation of the NYDA should include:
    1. Prompt establishment by the ANC YL National Executive Committee of a Political Task Team, which will give political oversight over the Government established task team on the establishment of the NYDA.
    2. Ensuring that the process to adopt the National Youth Development Act is completed as per the ANC 52nd Conference resolution.
    3. Ensuring that Provincial Legislations repeal the Provincial Youth Commissions Acts to allow space for the NYDA, which will only be established by an Act of Parliament, adopted only by National Parliament to ensure seamless integration.
    4. Ensuring that the NYDA, not Provincial government and legislations, establish concurrent NYDA structures at Provincial level.
    5. The NYDA establishment should give due consideration to the issues raised in the Congress discussion document with regards to the National Youth Policy and Integrated Youth Development Strategy.
  1. The ANC YL understands youth development as provision of space, opportunities, support and capacity for young people to maximize the collective and individual creative energies to eradicate social ills that afflict society—poverty, hunger, unemployment, homelessness, ignorance, ignorance, oppression and super-exploitation.

South African Youth Council:

  1. The South African Youth Council should continue its role as a civil society organization that mobilizes all young people.
  2. The NEC should set a process to revive SAYC and ensure that it convenes its National Congress before the end of November 2008. The failure to convene Congress will lead to the NEC in conjunction with Progressive Youth Alliance structures, to recall the Comrades deployed in SAYC, and set a new process to revive this civil society youth organization.  

Building Social Cohesion:

  1. The ANC YL should deal and stand against all forms of societal intolerances such as racism, sexism, tribalism, xenophobia and homophobia.
  2. The ANC YL should lead a conscious campaign and programmes in building social cohesion amongst youth of all races, giving consideration of initiating programmes that will include white, coloured and Indian youth.
  3. The ANC YL calls for a complete illegalization of single race and segmented residences in all South African Institutions of Higher Learning residences by January 2009.
  4. Congress resolves to support the pledge for all learners and youth as a way of building common nation-hood amongst youth and patriotism.
  5. The ANC Youth league should engage in a campaign to teach youth of their responsibilities and rights as citizens of South Africa.
  6. The ANC YL should have campaigns and programmes to fight against all forms of xenophobia amongst youth.
  7. The National Executive Committee and Provinces should develop programmes and activities, which will seek to raise consciousness against societal intolerances, stereotypes and misperceptions in the fight against xenophobia and tribalism. 

Organisational Oversight of Social Transformation:

  1. All structures of the ANC YL, including the National Executive Committee, Provincial Executive Committees, Regional Executive Committees and Branches should establish Social Transformation Commissions or Sub-Committees to oversee effective implementation and monitoring of social transformation programmes of the ANC YL and society at large.
  2. The National Executive Committee and all downstream structures should ensure the ANC YL has maximum and effective participation in all sub-committees and commissions of the ANC to advocate for and ensure successful implementation of the organisation’s social transformation programmes. 
  3. Branches should be at the centre of implementing the programmes as proposed in the resolutions.

Communications and the Battle of Ideas

Resolutions

On The Battle of Ideas in the Media and Society:

  1. The ANC Youth League should continue to position itself as a critical player in the battle of ideas, notwithstanding the dominance of the liberal ideology in the media.
  2. Members of the ANC YL, at all levels of the organisation, should be encouraged to participate in media programmes, especially talk shows, which are critical in shaping the outlook of society.
  3. The ANC Youth League should continue to advance the course of the unity of the ANC and the broader democratic movement, as a requirement to build capacity against the neo-liberal onslaught.
  4. However, it must be stated that the battle of ideas cannot be limited to the engagement with the mainstream media alone; there is value in engaging directly with society, especially with the youth of South Africa.
  5. Since information is key, the Youth League should establish a dedicated research and development unit to ensure effective participation in the battle of ideas.  

On Policy Development and Co-Ordination (External):

  1. The incoming NEC must speedily work towards shaping a new media and communications landscape to re-affirm the ANC as the strategic centre of power. 
  2. The ANC Youth League should request the ANC to convene a 2nd Jabulani Freedom of the Airwaves Conference to review the country’s communications policy. It is important to review progress made since the Jabulani Freedom of the Airwaves Conference hosted by Radio Freedom in 1991 in the Netherlands.
  3. This Congress must further endorse the ANC 52ND National Conference decision to explore avenues to strengthen the print media’s compliance with the country’s constitutional culture, which requires an effective balance between the rights of the media and those of society.
  4. In particular, this congress endorses the decision of the ANC congress to establish a Media Appeal Tribunal to complement the inherent weaknesses in the current Print Media self regulation mechanism, represented by the Press Ombudsman and the Press Council.
  5. Congress mandates the incoming NEC to canvass our government to properly regulate the strategic print media resources to desist a simple change of black ownership from one black empowerment company to the other, without the transformation of the media culture in the country.
  6. In line with the resolutions of the ANC Policy and Elective Conferences in 2007, dedicated broad based empowerment in media ownership and control should be enhanced.
  7. The ANC Youth League calls for the strengthening of community media and the public broadcaster to discharge their mandates
  8. Accordingly, the Media Development and Diversity Agency should be capacitated to increase the number of community radio stations across the country, taking into consideration the decision of the ANC Congress to establish a community radio station in each district as a basic right of communities.
  9. With regard to public broadcasting, the ANC Youth League should welcome the current efforts to implement new digital technologies which will allow for an increase in the services of the SABC.
  10. One of the potentially new TV channels in the SABC should be dedicated to youth programming.
  11. Acknowledging the re-launch of CKI FM to Tru fm as a platform positioned for young people to express themselves, its current radius and licensing conditions are not adequate to meet our resolution.
  12. The ANC YL resolves that SABC Radio 2000 should be transformed into a national youth radio station catering for both urban and rural youth, and that this should be implemented before 2010.
  13. The ANC Youth League endorses the decision of the ANC to increase public funding of the SABC.
  14. The Youth League is of the view that any public funding for the SABC should be targeted at the following programming needs:
    1. African language programming
    2. Youth programming
    3. Children programming
    4. Women programming
    5. Democracy education, social cohesion and nation building programming
    6. And related social and economic development programming 
  15. As part of the efforts to build a local owned media industry, the ANC Youth League should continue to support the current foreign media ownership limitation of 30 % in broadcasting, both radio and television.
  16. The Policy Institute of the ANC should prioritise media, communications and the battle of ideas, as one of the key focus areas.

On Internal Communications:

  1. While congress acknowledges the significant role played by Hlomelang, as a journal of the ANC Youth League, the ANC Youth League urges the incoming NEC to further explore possibilities of implementing the 22nd National Congress resolution, regarding the revival of Horizon, as a hardcopy interactive Journal of the ANC YL.
  2. A revived Horizon should be a full spectrum publication catering for a wide variety of news and information needs, including social issues.
  3. Increase the uptake of information and communication technologies, including the Internet, at all levels of the organisations.
  4. All provincial and regional offices of the League must have sufficient communications resources within a year from this conference.
  5. The Youth League should encourage technological applications such as online membership renewals, without discouraging members from using branch and regional offices to join the League.
  6. Develop a comprehensive archive system to preserve the history and legacy of the ANC Youth League.
  7. Prioritise the establishment of the Department of Information and Publicity at all levels of the organisation.
  8. Cadres of the movement involved in government communications should be encouraged to volunteer as training facilitators for regional media and communications training. The NEC should in this instance establish a database of cadres who will participate in this endeavour.
  9. A dedicated training curriculum should be developed to capacitate cadres involved in media relations, public relations and other communications interventions.
  10. Organisations like the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) and academic institutions should be engaged to develop an ANC Youth League specific training programme.
  11. The implementation of all the resolutions on Media and the Battle of Ideas should be based on a COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES AND PLANS at all levels of the organisation.
  12. Within six (6) months after this congress, the NEC should convene a national communication strategy workshop of all cadres involved in communications
  13. The ANC Youth League should implement its communications programmes in partnership with the ANC, to ensure optimal resource utilisation and sharing.
  14. The ANC Youth League should mobilise the necessary financial resources to ensure a comprehensive approach to communications.
  15. The ANC Youth League should also work with other structures in the Progressive Youth Alliance, particularly the student movement and the YCL, which continues to play an important role in the NDR.
  16. The ANC YL should put in place mechanisms and systems to ensure that all South African languages are equitably promoted to advance the objectives of the NDR.
  17. Youth should be at the forefront of Universal Access, in terms of ICT Infrastructure rollout in order to enhance access to information.
  18. The Revolutionary theory document as adopted by the Gauteng Congress must be circulated to all provinces for discussion purposes towards adoption at the ANCYL Mid-Term General Council.
  19. The ANCYL calls for development of mass media education programmes that foster understanding of Africa and the Diaspora.

International Work

Noting that:

  1. Our understanding about the world today is that, the system of capitalism holds sway across the world; and it is underpinned by unique dominance of hyper-power. This situation of unipolarity also has secondary multi-polar features and reflects geopolitical blocs amongst developed and developing countries, and historical resurgence of China, India, Brazil and Russia as centres of growth and development.
  2. That these multi-polar features require continuing research and engagement.
  3. That globalization continues to be shaped by the agenda of the capitalist ideology. Against this background it should still be realised that the liberation movement in Africa was greatly supported by the Eastern bloc in the cold war era.

Therefore resolved that:

  1. The resolutions of the 22nd National Congress of the ANC Youth League and 52nd National Conference of the ANC are still relevant to guide our actions and response to international work

On Africa Front:

  1. That the implementation of NEPAD as a response to the twin challenges of poverty and unemployment in Africa remains relevant.
  2. We must further engage on the Union versus United States of Africa, as to what is the appropriate political institutional mechanism for the continent with the specific view to consolidate current measures through the AU and the other regional blocks.
  3. We need to be continually seized with questions around the integration of governance while recognizing that the establishment of the United State of Africa with one army, one bank, one currency, one parliament may be too early for the continent.
  4. In this same vain the ANCYL should continuously call for the constant transformation of the AU as a multi lateral structure, to assist it to achieve, amongst other things, the millennium development goals.
  5. That the people of Zimbabwe should find solutions to their current problems while we note the declaration of the March 2008 Elections in Zimbabwe by African observers as free and fair.
  6. The ANC YL should increase its relations with Progressive Youth Formations in the continent, and partake in the revival of the continental youth structures.

On Xenophobia & Human Trafficking:

  1. The National Executive Committee and Provinces should develop programmes and activities, which will seek to raise consciousness against societal intolerances, stereotypes and misperceptions in the fight against xenophobia and tribalism.
  2. The YL should take it as its task to combat internationally organised crime including the trafficking of women and children. 

On South to South Relations:

  1. Countries of the south are continuously engaged in a struggle to ensure that issues of common interests are addressed, be it the international indebtedness or the subsidy of agricultural goods. The structurally defined interactions of the countries of the South will have to be consolidated and revised.
  2. The ANC Youth League should interact with youth and progressive formations in Latin American countries to understand and properly contextualise the resurgence of the Left and Socialist forces in that part of the world.

On International Youth Organizations:

  1. Our participation in the international youth organization such as International Union of Socialist Youth, World Federation of Democratic Youth and Pan African Youth Union remain important in contributing towards building a better world and Africa.
  2. That complementary role of both IUSY and WFDY still remain a challenge
  3. That the congress reaffirms the resolutions of the 22nd National Congress on the strengthening of IUSY and WFDY.
  4. That the ANC Youth League should continue to agitate for the progressive agenda within the international youth organizations.
  5. That the ANCYL must play a leadership role in taking forward the campaigns agreed at the level of IUSY and WFDY and PAYU.
  6. The leadership role of the ANCYL in taking forward the campaigns agreed at the level of IUSY, WFDY and PAYU.

On Solidarity Campaigns:

  1. Strengthen the implementation of our international solidarity campaigns with the people Western Sahara, Palestine, Cuba, Swaziland, Burma and Zimbabwe. In this regard as the ANC Youth League we will engage in people to people relation and party-to-party relations as integral part of our campaign instruments.
  2. Need to strengthen our bilateral engagements with various organizations such as those of Cuba, China, Venezuela, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

On Building ANCYL Internal Capacity to Coordinate International Work and Campaigns

  1. The Youth League should investigate the possibility of establishing International Office in the ANCYL headed by a dedicated fulltime NWC member.
  2. The international office in the ANCYL should do the following:
    1. In conjunction with DFA to provide support to South African young people abroad;
    2. Facilitate the implementation of exchange programs, evaluate and develop a database on existing exchange programmes;
    3. Coordination of all our international campaign including
    4. Solidarity campaigns

On International Youth Organizations

  1. The ANCYL will need to re evaluate and reinforce its participation in International Youth Organisations, such as IUSY, WFDY, PAYU and SAYF
  2.  The ANC YL will continue to provide political direction to International Youth organisations, and will contribute in various ways to ensure that our agenda is realised within these organisations.
  3. The leadership of the YL should at all times ensure that resolutions taken in the International Youth organisations reach the broad spectrum of its branches and membership.
  4.  The YL should continue, to pledge solidarity in action with the people of Palestine, Western Sahara, Swaziland, Burma, Cuba and Zimbabwe
  5. Building party-to-party relations, with the countries mentioned above amongst others.

On International Environment

  1. The green house gasses phenomenon which present the world with irregular climate change and further more the constant move towards the depletion of Ozone layer, in what is known to be global warming. The ANCYL carries the responsibility of forging links with global partners organised for the greening of the world and the quest to force for the reduction of emissions, which is captured well in the Kyoto protocol. Non-Signatories to this treaty should be pressurised and urged to consent to the treaty.

Organizational Development

Noting:

  1. The 23rd National Congress took place immediately after the watershed 52nd National Conference which defined the tasks of the movement for the next five (5) years. This presents the ANCYL with a golden opportunity to assimilate ANC resolutions into a programmatic programme of action leading to the centenary of the ANC.
  2. The resolutions on Organizational Development are crafted and shaped by discussions that have ensued on the Political and Organizational Reports presented to the 23rd National Congress.

On Branches

Noting:

  1. That the process of realignment of organizational structures according to municipality boundaries is complete.’
  2.  The centrality of the ANCYL branches as a core organizational pillar of in advancing the National Democratic Revolution.
  3.  The challenges arising from the realignment processes largely to integration of minority areas under the places predominantly white.

Therefore resolve that:

  1. The 23rd National Congress reaffirmed the centrality of branches in determining the policies of the ANCYL.
  2. The 23rd National Congress reaffirms the resolutions of the 22nd National Congress on tasks and role of branches.
  3. The NEC must develop organisational design protocol or guidelines to amongst others define the powers and composition of Zonal and Sub-Regional Structures.

On Membership System:

Noting:

  1. The 23rd National Congress the challenges arising from the new membership system introduced in year 2006.
  2.  The need to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the current membership system and identify weaknesses.
  3. That the lack or efficiency in production of membership cards has negative impact on the recruitment of new members.

Therefore resolve that:

  1. The 23rd National Congress mandates the incoming National Executive Committee look at different mechanisms to improve the membership system.
  2. The NEC should address the technical and administrative problems which undermine the effectiveness of the system.
  3. 100% of membership subscription must be allocated to branches and the NEC must explore other means to finance the production of membership cards.
  4. To maintain the current member fee (R10). 
  5. The membership system must be decentralised to Provinces from National.
  6. The NEC must develop an integrated strategy with monitoring and evaluation to ensure that members comply with the ANCYL constitution.
  7. The NEC must consider delegating the function of auditing branches to Provinces then the NEC audit Provinces. Only on exceptional cases will the NEC audit branches.

On Political Education

Noting:

  1. The need to intensify political education so as to imbue ANCYL members into the culture and traditions of the congress movement.
  2. The need for the establishment of an institutionalised political school in line with the ANC 52nd National Conference resolution on political education.

Therefore resolve:

  1. To reaffirm the resolutions of the 22nd National Congress and mandate the National Executive Committee to urgently implement them.
  2. To establish and institutionalise the political education school within the period of a year.
  3. A branch should undergo an Induction workshop a within 30 days after its AGM otherwise its status must not be confirmed.
  4. Deployment of NEC and PEC members to conduct consistent political inductions workshops for branches of the ANCYL.
  5. Establish synergy between the ANCYL and ANC political education programmes.
  6. Cadre development programme must revive political education classes targeted at all ANCYL members especially young women
  7. Build the capacity of PEC’s and REC’s to conduct continuous political education workshops.
  8. Branches of the ANC YL should organise at least a minimum of one political discussion gathering per month as a way of sustaining the essence of the organisation.

On Youth Mobilization

Noting:

  1. The weakness of branches to carry out strategic and mass campaigns in championing the interests of young people.
  2.  The need of pursuing youth development programmes that target the youth in minority areas.
  3. The need to strengthen the capacity of branches to pursue campaigns in various aspects in relation to the interest of young people.

Therefore resolve that:

  1. Reaffirm the 22nd National Congress resolutions on strategic and focused areas of campaigns, including:
    1. Moral regeneration
    2. HIV/AIDS
    3. Jobs for youth
    4. Alcohol and drug abuse
    5. Fight against crime
  2. The 23rd National Congress further endorsed and reaffirmed ANC 52nd National Conference in relation to priority campaigns such,
    1. Campaign of quality education
    2. Campaign of quality health care services
    3. Mobilization of youth to form a vanguard against crime (Street Committees)

On Policy Formulation and Evaluation

Noting:

  1. The weakness of some ANCYL branches to engage on policy formulation processes.
  2. The need to strengthen HQ and Provincial Offices with the requisite human resource capable of policy development.

Therefore resolve that:

  1. The ANCYL should convene a Policy Conference prior National Congresses to deal with policy discussion and policy evaluation.
  2. Adopts the resolution from the ANC 52nd National Conference in relation to the establishment of the Policy Institute.
  3. Further resolved for the ANCYL to have sufficient representation on the ANC Policy Institutes so that it can enhance its ability to inform policy development from the ANCYL perspective.
  4. The ANCYL supports the establishment of the Young Women’s Assembly as one of the mechanism to support and facilitate the mobilisation and empowerment of young women.

On The Strategy Towards 2012

Noting:

  1. The 52nd National Conference of the ANC defined the strategic tasks towards the centenary of the ANC.

Therefore resolve that:

  1. The structures of the ANCYL should play a leading and strategic role in implementation of the ANC Conference resolutions.
  2. Building strong branches of the ANCYL with the capacity to take a lead in revitalizing structures of the ANC.
  3. A minimum of 500 000 young people must be recruited into the ANC by 2012.

On The Progressive Youth Alliance

Noting:

  1. The weakness of the Progress Youth Alliance (PYA) in coordinating youth programmes

Therefore resolve that:

  1. The 23rd National Congress reaffirmed the resolutions of the 22nd National Congress.
  2. The 23rd National Congress further mandated the NEC to develop protocol or guidelines on how ANCYL branches in Institutions higher learning including those in General Education interface with PYA components in pursuit of organizational programme and SRC elections.
  3. The ANCYL must be launch branches in General Education institutions.