Ramaphosa Must Appoint Young People In His Cabinet – Lamola

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JOHANNESBURG: ANC national executive member Ronald Lamola says the cabinet reshuffle after 2019 poll must affirm young leaders.

When President Cyril Ramaphosa reshuffles his cabinet after the 2019 general elections it will have more young people, Lamola said. He however, does not want to be in Ramaphosa’s cabinet, Sowetan reported. 

Lamola said young people were demoralised by noninclusion of their peers in cabinet and Ramaphosa has to correct this.

His comments come when the ANCYL had expressed concerns that Ramaphosa overlooked young people with his February cabinet reshuffle.

The league issued a statement following Ramaphosa’s cabinet reshuffle, “Whilst we broadly welcome the appointment of the new Cabinet…. The ANCYL is however quite disappointed that a number of able and capable youth leaders, currently serving as Members of Parliament (MPs), and those playing a key role outside of government were overlooked and not considered by President Ramaphosa”.

Lamola reiterated the call from the league that majority of young people were not given leadership roles and were overlooked. 

“There must be a stampede of young people. In the coming ANC conferences, there must be a generation that’s [thrust] into the life of the ANC. This must happen in any sector not only in the ANC.”

Most of ANC leaders in the party’s NEC are over 50 and Lamola is ranked among the youngest leaders in the NEC. He also lamented the fact that some senior ANC leaders had been cabinet ministers for past 15 or 20 years.

Ministers such as Jeff Radebe, Naledi PandorNosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaLindiwe Sisulu, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, to name but a few  have been in Cabinet for 15 – 20 years. 

“There must be a mixture of young people in all sectors to show that the country was beginning to build a future nation,” Lamola added.