Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says the ANCYL will always be important despite its current leadership crisis. The ANC recently expelled and suspended some of the ANCYL NEC members for bringing the mother body into disrepute.
Today the League is celebrating its 68th anniversary and Fikeni says the League will always have an important part to play in society. "Well I don't think that there might be tension around (Julius) Malema and ANCYL issue. But the issues are bigger than those bigger issues whether they continue to play a role or not I do think that the ANCYL will always be an important factor," says Fikeni.
He adds that the ANCYL is still a factor on issues of "economy and economic transformation and it will always be a factor no matter who is at the helm of it."
The League was formed on the 10th of September in1944. It was spearheaded by Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Anton Muziwakhe Lembede, Dr William Frederick Nkomo Ashby Peter Solomzi Mda and others. The aim behind the formation of the league was to give young people the space and platform to air the views and grievances.
Former Presidents of the ANCYL
Dr. William Frederick Nkomo, Anton Muziwakhe Lembede, A.P. Mda, Patrick Molaoa (1925-1968), Peter Mokaba (1959-2002), Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbalula, Julius Malema succeeded Mbalula - Malema was installed as ANCYL president in April 2008.