Tinyiko Ntini: Wanting to contest state power not informed by anger

He said this comes as a result of the ANC’s own blunder in neglecting the poor.

The leader of the young communist league in the Mpumalanga province has shot down suggestions that their resolutions of divorcing the ANC and wanting to convince other provinces to do so and contest the 2019 general elections is informed by anger.

The Mpumalanga SACP in September 2016 took the resolution to divorce the ANC and contest elections in 2019 but they still have to convince the other provinces when the South African Communist Party convenes its national elective conference in July 2017.

Ntini told the community members at the Zamokuhle community hall in Amersfoort, south of Ermelo, that quitting the ANC will not be because they are angry over not getting blue-light positions.

He said they faced many challenges with the ANC, such as the corruption of its leaders and neglecting the poor.

“Today when you start talking about corruption there are people who feel that you are talking about them,” Ntini said on Freedom Day on Thursday this week.

“The way those people are corrupt they already know their synonym is corruption, you would hear them say, ‘YCL now is talking us’,” he said.

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Ntini said a Gert Sibande YCL march which was supposed to deliver a memorandum to mayor Muzi Chirwa’s office on 28 February 2017 couldn’t materialise because their application for permission to march was rejected.

“When we organised that march, there’s a time when last year we came to this district and we consulted with the community and we got complains from the community but when we announced we would march to the municipality the march was sabotaged.

What happened, the beneficiaries of corruption, the beneficiaries of state capture immediately stood up to sabotage the march, to a point that even our judiciary was implicated,” Ntini said to the shock of the community members.

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The YCL organises Bua Thursday talks every Thursday where they reach out to people and this week’s Bua Thursday coincided with Freedom Day that was being celebrated across the country on Thursday this week.

Provincial communist mother-body leader Bonakele Majuba also addressed the Zamokuhle community hall.

National young communist leader Mluleki Dlelanga was expected to arrive from Eastern Cape and addressed the hall but couldn’t do so due to the SAA strike.

Tinyiko Ntini: Wanting to contest state power not informed by anger

Community members atttending the Bua Thursday of the Young Communist League at the Zamokuhle community hall, Amersfooert, south of Ermelo. PICTURE BY Teboho Moloi

Ntini said even when they went to the magistrate to ask for permission to march to Chirwa’s office their application was rejected and that was done by the magistrate “in defence of wrong things”.

“But we can’t keep quiet comrades because as the YCL we say we want to be like Chris Hani,” he said.

He said the Hani memorandum which led to the first special national congress in 1969 to deal with internal ANC issues was “kicked up by that memorandum” but then the issues continued and the reason the ANC had another consultative conference in 1985.

“But today we have a leadership that is very allergic to the masses, we are the ones who voted for them but they’re allergic to us.

“When we speak they don’t listen. When we talk they tell us that here you are not supposed to talk, is not your issue but when campaign we’re not told that.

“The entire alliance goes to the ground and campaign[for the ANC] but after campaigning we’re reminded that, ‘look, this is a process of the ANC’, no longer alliance.

“These things when we raise them we’re misinterpreted as if we’re fighting for positions or we’re fighting for deployment and it’s not like that.

“Comrade Chris Hani, though it was tough, was able to raise those issues.

“We have leaders who don’t want to listen to the people and that’s why as YCL we’re very unapologetic, even as we go towards the national congress of the SACP we won’t be doing anyone a favour when we say it is high time that the SACP takes responsibility and lead the working class and be the vanguard of the poor and by doing so making sure that when 2019 comes the SACP must be on the ballot and contest and represent the poor people,” Ntini said to thunderous applause.

(edited by MLM)

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