ANCYL President Collen Maine is seen on stage during the league's congress held in Midrand on 05 September 2015. He was elected unopposed to lead the ANCYL.
The league had criticised Mahlangu, under whose watch 94 psychiatric patients died, after being moved from Life Esidimeni facilities, to ill-equipped NGOs.
At the time, the junior body said the deaths were the latest example of Mahlangu's disregard for the vulnerable.
After meeting with the Gauteng ANC branch, the league has made an about-turn.
It's apologised, and now claims its remarks and actions were motivated by the media’s coverage of the tragedy.