By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in the North West province suggested to the African National Congress (ANC) to appoint a competent, experienced, skilled, and resilient new premier for the North West Province.
“We wish to appeal to the conscience of the NEC to appoint a credible candidate with sound understanding of the policy position of the ANC and alliance amongst the 3 recommended candidates, that the NEC must appoint a person who is prepared to receive advises from the Party of their deployment and is willing to consult the broader alliance particularly work hand in glove with organised labour and implement decisions of such consultations,” YCLSA Provincial Secretary, Tsietsi Letsebe said.
Focusing on the developments in governance of the province, during their meeting, the provincial committee of the YCLSA expressed concerns about political leaders who uses political positions to advance their narrow agenda and primitive self-accumulation.
The Provincial Committee of the YCLSA suggested to the new upcoming premier of the province to address the unemployment, poverty and inequalities challenges and must have an open door policy to listen to the views of the youth.
According to Letsebe, the agenda for economic transformation and poverty alleviation program is long overdue and the province is in desperate need for a visionary leader who can marshal the province to a path of development.
“Minerals and agriculture can form the basis of economic prosperity of the province however if the ANC deploys someone who is not up for the task then it can expect the steady electoral decline in the province to continue,” Letsebe said.
Amongst other expectations that the YCLSA have is that the new premier must provincial reconvene all youth seminars that were conducted by all departments due to poor attendance.
“We wish to express our gratitude to the MEC of Agriculture and Social Development for having committed to working with us in driving the youth agenda in the province, and we want to set the record straight with all other MECs who are not available to listen to the youth and their leadership that we will leave no stone unturned, we will unleash a program that will take them to task,” Letsebe said.
Reflecting on the state of local municipalities in the province, the YCLSA said people cannot continue to be denied basic services and efficient governance for the sake of political leaders who want to drive expensive cars and drink expensive whiskies.
“We hope that the postponement of registrations for Local Government Elections does not mean our people will continue to be subjected to this mess at our municipalities,” Letsebe said. @fscentralnews
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