The Youth League is a mass youth formation of the ANC; it is committed to the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. It shall rally the youth of our country to play an active part in the struggles of the communities by building a defence of democracy.
–ANC Youth League Constitution: June 2011
The Youth League’s foundation in 1944 by Ashley Peter Mda, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo marked the rise of a new generation of leadership of South Africa’s black African population. Clive Glaser’s The ANC Youth League presents the first overview of the ANC Youth League from its origins in the 1940s to the controversies of the present Malema era, providing implicit and explicit comparisons between earlier Youth League and contemporary Youth League. It analyses the ideology and tactics of its founders, some of whom (notably Mandela and Tambo) later became iconic figures in South African history. It also shows how the early Youth League gave birth not only to the modern ANC but also to its rival, the Pan African Congress. Dormant for many years, the Youth League, infused with the tradition of the militant youth politics of the 1980s, re-emerged in the transition era under the leadership of Peter Mokaba. Throughout its history the Youth League tried to ‘dynamise’ and criticise the ANC from within while remaining devoted to, and dependent on, the mother body. Very little scholarly work has been written on the post-1990 Youth League; The ANC Youth League showcases that throughout its history the Youth League has struggled to find a balance between loyalty and rebellion.
About the Author
Clive Glaser lectures in History at Wits University. He has published widely on the history of youth politics, youth culture, crime and sexuality in South Africa. He is the author of Bo-Tsotsi: The Youth Gangs of Soweto 1935–1976 and co-author of volume 6 in the series From Protest to Challenge, entitled Challenge and Victory, 1980–1990.
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|Sub-title:||A Jacana Pocket History|
|mobi file ISBN:||9781431404964|
|Colour:||Black & White|