By Thys Khiba
Mahikeng – The Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) in the North West province says they hope that the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the province will join in the efforts coordinated already by YCLSA, SASCO and COSAS in the province to battle against the triple challenges facing the youth of this province.
This is after the YCLSA congratulated all young people who have been recently appointed into the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) Provincial and Regional Congress Preparatory Committees.
“The oldest youth formation in the in the country wishes the best of luck to those entrusted with the essential task of building the Congress Youth League founded by Anton Lembede, Walter Sisulu, Dan Tloome, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo,” said YCLSA Provincial Secretary Tsietsi Letsebe.
The YCLSA says that rebuilding the ANCYL will not be an easy task, as they believe that many young people are co-opted into institutionalised factions of the ANC.
“Young people in many quarters have been reduced to conveyer belts of elders in the ANC with goes against the spirit of its founders who went against the conventional approach the elders of their time,” said Letsebe.
Speaking about the Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey report, Letsebe says that youth leaders do not have ‘luxury of siting by’ while the report declares that the majority of the unemployed people are the youth who are their constituency.
“However it must be noted that the young lions of today do not have the luxury of siting by, pop champagnes and enjoy the fruits of being ‘leadership’ while Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey just reported that unemployment is at a record high of 34.4% which is the highest in the world,” said Letsebe.
The YCLSA says that the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) needs to stand together against, what they call, the neo-liberal policies that perpetuate the rising unemployment, inequality and poverty facing our country.
“The ANCYL must radically and militantly preoccupy itself with the attainment of the seven cardinal pillars of economic freedom adopted in its 2011 National Conference,” said Letsebe.
Lastly the North West province remains one of the poorest provinces where rural areas and townships are sites of poverty, mining in the province only benefits a few, agriculture is still largely in the hands of the minority and politically corruption has brought our municipalities to their knees.
The YCLSA Moses Kotane has also spoken about poverty and dysfunctional municipalities in the province saying that young leaders needs to create a better future for themselves.
“Lastly the North West province remains one of the poorest provinces where rural areas and townships are sites of poverty, mining in the province only benefits a few, agriculture is still largely in the hands of the minority and politically corruption has brought our municipalities to their knees,” said Letsebe.
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