This book tells the story of the ANC Youth League from its origins in the 1940s to controversies of the Malema era. 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 modernANC but also to its rival, the Pan Africanist Congress.
Dormant for many years, the Youth League re-emerged in the transition era under the leadrship of Peter Mokaba - infused with the tradition of the militant youth politiics of the 1980s. Throughout its history the Youth League has tried to 'dynamise' and criticise the ANC from within, while remaining devoted to, and dependent on, the mother body.