After winning award, ‘we need to grow YCL’: Mashaba

He says the next task now is to have as many branches as possible.

Gert Sibande YCL secretary Ayanda Mashaba reacted to receiving the Florence Matomela award with a smile on his face but said this means working harder in growing the young communist league.

They were announced as the winners of the Florence Matomela Award at the closing of the SACP’s 14th national congress on Saturday, 15 July 2017.

The award is a recognition for best performance.

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“After winning the award and after the resolutions taken at the national congress, particularly that of contesting state power, it requires us to do more in building a strong YCLSA and SACP,” Mashaba said.

“It requires branches in each and every corner of the district. We need to grow YCLSA both qualitatively and quantitatively,” he said.

Mashaba said getting the award would not be possible without the ‘unwavering support’ of former YCL leaders, the SACP as well as the support from the YCL provincially.

“This award belongs to all our active branches in the district,” he said.

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YCL takes aim at Sibusiso Sgudla


The young communists say the powerful ANC politician has ‘collapsed’ all municipalities.

The young communist league in the Gert Sibande region has taken a position that challenges what they say is the ‘Sgudlarisation’ of the ANC and its government.

Regional young communist leader Ayanda Mashaba delivered the YCL’s message of support during the commemoration of the life of the late husband of transport deputy minister Sindi Chikunga – Peter Chikunga.

Peter was an anti-Apartheid activist who lived in the Mpumalanga area of Elukwatini, near Swaziland and died in the early 2000s.

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SACP provincial leader Bonakele Majuba delivered the keynote address during the commemoration on Sunday mid-day at the Elukwatini Stadium.

Mashaba said as YCL they have been observing the ‘collapse of municipalities’ in the hands of ANC provincial executive committee member, Sbusiso Sgudla.

“Down with Sgudlarisation of the movement, down!”, he said, to which those who attended replied: “Down!!!”

“There’s one family in the Gert Sibande region and if we must talk about the Gupta, we will talk about our own Gupta in our region,” Mashaba said.

“We are saying reduce the powers of Sgudla now!” he said while on stage.

“When we were on the ground campaigning for the ANC [during elections] we were not campaigning for it to enrich Sgudla and his children,” he said to thunderous applause.

Sgudla is believed to be one of the most powerful politicians in the Mpumalanga province.

Nicknamed ‘Deputy Premier’ or ‘The Great’, others in ANC corridors even go as far as saying that Sgudla, who lives in Ermelo, is the most powerful after provincial leader David Mabuza.

This is not the first time the YCL called on the fall of Sgudla.

During its Bua Thursday in Amersfoort late last month, the communist league pronounced the slogan to the community members, ‘Down with Sgudlarisation down!!!’.

During the Chikunga memorial gathering over the weekend, ANC regional executive committee member Walter Mngomezulu delivered the ANC’s message of support and took aim at what he said was the deliberate dividing of the African people.

“But we’re not surprised at all this because we know that it originates from the period of Apartheid colonialism and our fight is against this system.

“As Africans it is customary to us that during this time we return to our ancestors, uBaba Chikunga, to ask for wisdom,” Mngomezulu said.

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YCL: complete list of elected leaders – statement

The theme was ‘fighting soldiers for socialism, silwa nenkohlakalo nobubha’.



The YCLSA Gert Sibande district held its historic 7th district congress which began on 1 and ended on 2 April 2017 at Ermelo’s Donna-Bella conference centre.

The congress was held under the theme “fighting soldiers for socialism, silwa nenkohlakalo-nobubha”.

More than 60 delegates representing 8 074 members of the YCLSA Gert Sibande district to evaluate the progress made since our 6th district congress in Cassim Park Hall, Ermelo.

Our congress had the privilege of being address by the PYA, SACP district secretary and YCLSA national committee member, comrade Nhlakanipho Zuma.

The two day congress was filled with robust and sober debates on issues that affect the working class and the youth.

We emerge from the congress confident  that the YCLSA Gert Sibande district will continue to play a vital role in fighting for socialism, corruption and triple challenges.

Chief amongst the resolution and immediate task the congress took are

the following:

1. To participate more actively on social media to win battle of ideas.

2. To strengthen political classes in branches to build conscious soldiers to fight for socialism, corruption and triple challenges.

3. To develop programs with PYA structures.

4. To Intensify or solidarity with all oppressed people including of Swaziland and Palestine.

5. To intensify the Boycott, divestment and Sections against Israel (BDS),cancel contracts with G4S.

The YCLSA Gert Sibande 7th district congress has elected the following soldiers to lead the YCLSA Gert Sibande 7th district committee for the next 2 years.

The following soldiers were elected as officials:

1. Ayanda Mashaba – District Secretary

2. Enock Mogale – District Chairperson

3. Nelly Mlangeni – District Treasurer

4. Ntsiki Cindi – District Deputy Secretary

5. Edward Letsimo – District Deputy Chairperson

The following soldiers were elected as District Committee members:

a. Nompumelelo Mbatha

b. Buti Phungwayo

c. Sifiso Maseko

d. Joy Thwala

e. Sechaba Nkosi

f. Jabulile Masuku

g. Nokuthula Sangweni

h. Thulani Ndlovu

i. Nokuthula Nkosi

j. Sibusiso Gininda

k. Jabu Mathebula

l. Xolani Shiba

m. Nyakallo Ramanyai

n. Njabulo Mthabela

o. Bongi Mkhwanazi

We will remain a fighting force, a shock force and soldiers for socialism, as comrade Chris Hani said “The struggle for socialism is about basic things”

*Mashaba is Gert Sibande YCL regional leader, elected for another term the past weekend (1 – 2 Apr 2017).

YCL congress: who’s in, who’s out

The job of the previous Young Communist League regional leadership was praised when a new one emerged in Saturday’s elective congress.

YCL Gert Sibande leader Ayanda Mashaba emerged for a second term as secretary of the league in the region.

Delegates also elected Enock Mogale, who was Mashaba’s deputy, as the new chairman of the YCL in the Gert Sibande region, taking over from Sindi Sibeko who was elected late last year during a special regional congress as regional SACP treasurer.

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Delegates also elected Nelly Mlangeni, who was a member of the young communist’s executive committee in the region, as the new treasurer while Msukaligwa convener Ntsiki Cindi made a surprise emergence as Mashaba’s new deputy and spokesman Edward Letsimo emerging as the new deputy chairman.

Njabulo Mthabela, who was the deputy chairman, was elected an additional member after he protested his non-emergence in the top 5 – he was eyeing the position of regional chairman but was defeated when delegates chose Mogale instead.

Nokuthula Nkosi, who was the treasurer, didn’t make it both in the top 5 and as an additional member and was visibly unhappy about it and left congress early.

Chief Albert Luthuli convener Amos Nkosi, who was an additional member, also didn’t make it as well as Goodman Nkosi and Teboho Nkosi.

Xolani Shiba, Sbusiso Gininda, Joy Thwala, Sfiso Maseko, Nokuthula Sangweni, Phumi Mbatha and Mthabela are some of the leaders who emerged as additional members.

SACP second provincial deputy leader Nhlakanipho Zuma addressed the YCL regional elective congress at the Donna-Bella guesthouse in Ermelo and called for an end to ANCYL, YCL spats – saying this was not necessary because the ANCYL “is a child of the YCL”.

YCL congress: who's in, who's out

SACP second provincial deputy secretary Nhlakanipho Zuma. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL/MLM

He said the YCL was formed long before the ANCYL and the formation of the ANCYL was as a result of influence made by SACP leaders for the ANC to also have a youth wing – following a resolution taken by its Central Committee then.

“That is why comrades at no stage should the ANCYL find itself at loggerheads with the YCL because the ANCYL is our child,” Zuma said to thunderous applause.

“The YCL has a responsibility to guide the ANCYL at all time.

“If there are now criminals or individuals who want to drive the ANCYL where they like the YCL must call it into order so that the ANCYL can go back to its direction that it was initially established for,” Zuma said.

Gert Sibande SACP leader Touch Ndlovu also addressed the congress and called on the ANC government to make sure that “the Gert Sibande economy is dominated by co-operatives”.

“There are faces of the ANC who want to try and frustrate this programme because they want to benefit alone,” Ndlovu said while on stage.

“They have been benefiting all along and still they want to continue to benefit, we can’t accept that. All the people of the region must benefit from its economy, and can only be achieved through co-operatives,” Ndlovu said.

He said the region’s schools and healthcare facilities were in a “very bad state” and that that was a result of corruption.

“Corruption affects the working-class we’re leading, if we don’t fight it we’re not leading well,” he said.

Mashaba addressed delegates on Sunday afternoon as the new re-lected leader and promised the YCL under his leadership will no longer be “a board-room organisation” before he thanked everyone who came to the congress.

The congress was attended by various leaders – Nehawu provincial leader Welcome Mnisi, YCL provincial leader Ntinyiko Ntini, YCL Nkangala’s Themba Ntimane, Gert Sibande Sasco regional secretary Genius Shabalala and other provincial and regional leaders, like the ANCYL’s Gracious Shabangu and YCL’s Themba Zulu.

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Gert Sibande YCL to have elective congress


The regional elective congress will be held in Ermelo – on 1 and 2 April 2017.

The young communist league in the Gert Sibande region will have an elective congress.

The conference will be held at the conference centre of the Dolabella guesthouse in Ermelo.

Spokesman Edward Letsimo said the 7th Gert Sibande elective congress will happen over two days – on Saturday and Sunday.

“We expect over 60 delegates across the region to elect the new leadership,” he said.

It is still not clear whether current leader Ayanda Mashaba will return for another term as regional young communist leader but Letsimo said they haven’t discussed that yet.

“We are still going to sit and look at that,” he said.

Gert Sibande YCL to have elective congress

Gert Sibande Young Communist League leader Ayanda Mashaba. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.

The region is currently led by Mashaba as secretary, his deputy Njabulo Mathabela and Sindi Sibeko as the chairwoman and her deputy Enoch Mogale as well as treasurer Nokuthula Nkosi.

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