Nkangala young communist league leader Themba ‘Ntshebe’ Ntimane is now the provincial secretary of the league in the Mpumalanga province.
Ntimane took the reigns of the YCL as its 5th provincial secretary on Saturday night (6 Apr), taking over from Tinyiko Nyini who got elected the national secretary last year December.
Their congress was held at the Noma-Nini Lodge in White River and received messages of support from the Communist Party of Swaziland, Cosas, SASCO, Cosatu as well as the SACP.
In their address, the SACP reminded the young communists that although they were “autonomous” they were not “independent”.
Communist provincial deputy secretary Mandla Tibane said the YCL was formed by the SACP as its child for the sole goal of fighting and achieving the total freedom of oppressed people “and that still remains that way”.
“We are not here to babysit you. We are here to show you the maximum support that you expect from your elders and in that way we expect a maximum discipline from you, ” Tibane told the YCL congress Saturday night.
Newly elected chair Mzwandile Vilakazi (right) seen here with secretary Themba ‘Ntshebe’ Ntimane (second from right). The congress also elected N. Khumalo as Ntshebe’s deputy, Fikile Malandule as deputy chair and treasurer Fikile Khoza
The SACP founded the YCL in 1921 but in 1950 the Apartheid government declared it illegal together with the SACP under the Suppression of Communism Act. It was then re-established in 2003 after a 2002 SACP congress took a resolution to re-establish it.
Ntimane served two terms as leader of the Nkangala YCL.
In his address as the newly elected leader of the Mpumalanga YCL on Sunday afternoon, he said the responsibility of young people is “to learn and once you have learnt you must then assist with clarity”.
“Young people must give a correct response in the right time. Our responsibility as we are learning should not be only to defend old people but assist the society on how to bring change for young people in the province,” he said.
He also condemned the physical attack on deputy chair Fikile Malandule who could not attend the congress because of injuries. She was elected in absentia.
“We will never allow any of our persons to be attacked. We are saying not in our lifetime and those who did it should not think that harming young people will be a walk in the park, ” Ntimane said.
Ntimane’s big job ahead will be to try and mend sour relations between the Mpumalanga ANCYL and the YCL.
The fight between the two organisations stems from tensions between firebrand provincial communist leader Bonakele Majuba and then ANC provincial leader DD Mabuza.
The two were united by then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa during an Alliance Summit in April 2016.
The ANCYL snubbed the YCL provincial congress, sending nobody to deliver a message of support.
The party said the inequalities created in health is so unconstitutional.
The SACP in the Mpumalanga province is preparing mass action to the offices of the provincial government in Mbombela.
The march will highlight the “primary importance” of the national health insurance, communist spokesman Lesetja Dikgale said on Wednesday.
He said it was the “experts or specialists” who are so “costly” and “make it difficult for the poor to access quality and affordable healthcare”.
“It is constitutionally wrong,” Dikgale said, “because constitutionally that right is guaranteed”. So we want to highlight that and insist that the minister implements NHI immediately because we believe health doesn’t wait and a healthy nation is a working nation and a working nation is a happy nation”.
The NHI will allow anybody to go to any healthcare facility – private or public – and the costs will be paid for by government.
Dikgale said they will “highlight the primary importance” of NHI and they will march to the government complex in Riverside, Mbonbela 28 February 2019.
Majuba said the leadership of former provincial leader DD Mabuza, who became the ANC’s deputy president on 18 December 2017, tried to sideline the Alliance but they had to fight and “now the Alliance in the province is smooth”.
“The one who is going to take over [from Mabuza] after the PGC if he forgets that in the province there are communists that person will have a difficult time for the rest of his term in office,” Majuba said to thunderous applause.
“Just ask the previous group they will tell you,” he said.
The communist party celebrated 97 years of birth over the weekend in Mpumalanga, inviting Central Committee member Buti Manamela to come deliver the keynote address.
“There is that disrespect in that district (eHlanzeni). We are watching that district especially the leadership of the ANC there. We are watching you. They think they can operate without the Alliance. Very soon we are coming to them or those who taught them to disrespect the communist party we will first go to them and tell them ‘look, you left a mess behind. Come clean it’,” he said, “otherwise we will remove you in your national positions because of the mess you left,” he said.
Majuba said the SACP is a powerful force in the ANC-led Alliance and had in the past been able to influence major decisions.
Addressing the scores who had come to the hall to celebrate, Majuba said that they are the ones who raised the alarm about the Gupta family’s capture of the state.
He said that’s because as communists they use the scientific tools of analysis and never get it wrong.
He addressed scores who had come to the late icon’s memorial service in Middelburg.
Mpumalanga SACP leader Bonakele Majuba has called for the intensification of the fight against women abuse in South Africa.
Majuba said this should happen in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and as SACP this year they will do just that in their Red October campaign.
He described Mama’s life as a “life well spent and a life well lived”.
“As communists here in Mpumalanga we lower our revolutionary banner in honour of comrade Winnie for the role she played in liberating the people of this country under difficult conditions,” he said.
Majuba shared the stage of the Sydney Choma banquet hall in Middelburg on Monday afternoon with veterans league treasurer Norah Fakude, ANCYL deputy president Desmond Moela, SANCO provincial chairman JJ Skhosana, ANCWL provincial chairwoman Busi Shiba as well as Cosatu national deputy secretary Solly Phetoe.
ANC national treasurer Paul Mashatile addressed the memorial service as a keynote speaker.
Majuba said without women and “people of the stature of comrade Winnie” South Africa would not have been liberated from Apartheid suffering.
“We must all of us intensify the campaign of making sure that women in South Africa can be able to move in the streets freely and safely, without any intimidation,” he said.
He said this was one of the objectives of the national democratic revolution.
Madikizela-Mandela died on 2 April 2018 at the age of 81.
She was at the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.
Majuba said Mama suffered during Apartheid and could not live freely.
He said the Apartheid regime made sure the Mandela Football Club was “infested with spies because they never wanted comrade Winnie to be free”.
He said the youth then looked up to Winnie for encouragement with her slogan “freedom or death”.
“Without women and people of the stature of comrade Winnie it would have been difficult for us to attain the freedom that we have.
“As part of our Red October this year we came up with a theme that says we must fight against the abuse of women in honour of comrade Winnie,” Majuba said to applause.