Some youth league members casually walked into the room with their cups of coffee in hand, some left during the sitting to get their jackets.
Mbeki watched in silence. When it was his turn to address the concerns raised by some of the youth league members he said: “Our programme directors said we should reconvene here at 10:00 sharp. We didn’t.
“In fact we started the meeting at 11:00. One of the advantages of sitting here (in front) is that one can see the whole hall.
“When we started an hour late, the room relative to yesterday was 60% empty. The questions we should have asked when we started was to say 'where are these other people? Why are they not here?'”
He added: “You are not here at 10:00, you are not here at 11:00. Why? It is an important question in my mind because we are addressing very important discussions here in the political school about the renewal and the rebuilding of the youth league.
“The assumption that underlines that is that we have got people in the youth league who are very committed to this task of renewing the youth league. That means that the comrades that have to do that, you cannot avoid attending meeting in the process of doing that.”