By Thys Khiba
Bloemfontein – The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in Free State have sent their sincere condolences to the family, friends, the broader Mass Democratic Movement (MDM) and colleagues of their late senior provincial chairperson of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Bereng Soke.
This is after it was official confirmed by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union that Soke passed away on the 27th of April after a long sickness.
“Importantly, we wish his family including the Red Army in its entirety, the strength and courage in this dark hour,” YCLSA Provincial Secretary Mamiki Setabela.
According to the Young Communist League in the Free State, the late Soke would have shared his views about the happenings of the day, politics broadly. Setabela indicates that many of their community members in the Free State province are still facing challenges of lack of service delivery.
“We have seen people not accessing the most basic needs like water and electricity in our province.”
According to the provincial secretary of the YCLSA, Setabela, the late Soke was passionate about what she calls ‘economic transformation.’
“Comrade Soke’s passion was Economic Transformation but not the factional rhetoric that is used by a group of thugs claiming transformation and wants to deal with the so called “White monopoly Capital” yet behave the opposite.”
As they will be honouring their late provincial chairperson, Bereng Soke, the YCLSA in the Free State province commit itself to working harder in intensifying campaigns that will see the realisation of the ‘Reconfigured Alliance. “…wherein the Alliance will be the strategic centre of power.”
The late Soke also known as ‘Chairman Mao’ whom believed in access to healthcare, housing and eradication of hunger as a leader. The YCLSA in the Free State province viewed him as the Marxist Leninist scholar and exceptional leader of the working class.
Soke served as the District Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Thabo Mofutsanyana district, which he later led as the Provincial Deputy Secretary.
In addition, he was elected as the Provincial Secretary and later as the Provincial Chairperson.