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.
Neither Nkosazana nor Cyril will be a solution to the struggle of the working class.
A leader of the young communist league in the Mpumalanga region has a view critical of Cosatu and the SACP’s endorsement of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he doesn’t see how this will assist workers.
Ayanda Mashaba, YCL secretary in the Gert Sibande region, says he still wants comrades from Cosatu to explain to him how Ramaphosa’s administration will assist workers.
“I still don’t understand this call by working class formations,” he said.
“My view still stands Cyril is not a friend of the working class,” he said.
“What is it that the working class stands to benefit in the leadership of Cyril comrades,” Mashaba asked his friends on Facebook.
“We can’t commit the same mistake we committed in 2007,” he said.
He said neither will Dlamini-Zuma help workers.
Mashaba’s view on Ramaphosa differs completely from that of national structure, especially from that of national leader Mluleki Dlelanga who wants Ramaphosa to take over as the ANC’s next president.
Cosatu wants Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma in December 2017. This call is backed by the SACP and has always been a call supported by the YCL, with Dlelanga saying this was a “resolution, not a secret, we prefer Cyril Ramaphosa to lead the ANC”.
The alliance partners believe Ramaphosa is the one who can unite the ANC, restore its dignity as well as end rampant corruption and looting of state owned enterprises.
They reject Dlamini-Zuma, saying the woman will be the puppet of Zuma and his Gupta friends.
Young Communist League National Secretary, MLULEKI DLELANGA says: “What we need right now is principled and not factionally selective responsibility shouldering as collective responsibility when we are cost votes by a leader’s recklessness in cases such as Nkandla.”
Dear President Zuma,
Receive revolutionary greetings from the YCLSA, a component of the PYA which the ANCYL is part of. We write this open letter to address you President Zuma but also to respond to the opportunistic open letter of the SG of the ANCYL which he wrote to Comrade Blade Nzimande the GS of SACP and an NWC member of the ANC who serves as Minister of Higher Education. The SG we believe chose to isolate Comrade Blade Nzimande because he does not believe in collective responsibility when it suits him. This is seen in his selection of words where he continuously uses ‘’I’’ but at the same time writing his letter on Logos of the ANCYL. We will however not dwell much on him but address the question of Free Quality higher education for the Poor.
President Zuma, you were elected in the watershed Congress of 2007 which resolved on free quality education for the poor. You became President of the Country and until today your collective has not been able to deliver on the mandate given to them by Congress. We will remember you as a President who failed to deliver Free quality education for the poor under his leadership. Therefore, if there is anyone to blame it must be yourself Comrade President together with your collective and not isolate the Minister of Higher education alone like he is a door bouncer of Free Quality Education. You need to be honest President and clarify your ANCYL on this fact.
President Zuma, in terms of the South African Constitution, the President is the executive authority of the State. Unless the President in his capacity ensures that sufficient resources are made available to the department of higher education, the department will continue to be constrained. As a matter of fact, state subsidy to Universities has declined substantially over the years. To personalise this and try and make it a problem of Minister Nzimande is to be factional. The factional agenda that is calculated to exploit the situation in higher education to isolate Nzimande will not succeed because South African Youths and students are not fools. President Zuma, we will tell South African Youth that Comrade Nzuza the SG of the ANCYL of the ANC, a party which has failed to deliver free education to the poor is an excited factional proxy who wants to advance factional battles against Nzimande using a genuine call of students for no fee increment for 2017 and Free Education for the poor. We will not allow your Nzuza to hijack our struggle for free education like the third forces did during the fees must fall protests.
President Zuma, Nzuza should have written to you if he cares about our poor students because it is you who established the Presidential Commission on Fees instead of declaring free education. Our Call has been clear as the YCLSA that money must be made available through fiscus adjustments to fund no fee increment for the 2017 academic year. This call needs you as the head of government and all your departments to make the necessary adjustments. It can’t be a burden of Minister Nzimande alone. Comrade Blade Nzimande as the leader of the SACP is not opposed to the Zero fee increment, he is Infact for the progressive implementation of free quality education for the poor and the children of the working class.
President Zuma, in the meetings your ANC NEC Subcommittee on Education convened of which you were part of one of those meetings, we made it clear as the YCLSA in those meetings that we need changes in taxation and repriotisation of funds to finance social transformation in the form of a progressive rollout of free education for the poor, comprehensive social security and so on. We insisted on the urgent need to make private sector to cover the cost of education for the coming academic year. We need decisive action driven from the Centre of state authority to introduce these changes and ensure radical economic transformation and free quality education. What we need right now is principled and not factionally selective responsibility shouldering as collective responsibility when we are cost votes by a leader’s recklessness in cases such as Nkandla.
The YCLSA invites the ANCYL of the ANC to join the Minister’s call to parliament that South Africa must tax the rich and the wealthy to fund education for the poor. We as the YCLSA are inviting the clueless open letter writing SG of your league President to join us in mobilizing the private sector and stop being factional. The private sector consumes the education and skills produced by our education and training system but it is not prepared to come on board and very little is visible from the Centre of the state authority to bring the private sector on board through a graduated wealth tax. So if there is anyone who is gatekeeping and delaying the implementation of Free quality education, it is yourself President Zuma and we are sad that your ANCYL is blind to these facts we raise. The YCLSA says stop the tricks, don’t play and gamble with the future of our students through factional point scoring and implement free quality education for the Poor.