YCLSA Eastern Cape Province PEC statement
29 July 2012
The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba) Eastern Cape Province convened its ordinary PEC meeting on July 29 2012 at the NEHAWU Offices (uMthatha). The purpose of the meeting was to consider the state of the organization, the preparations for 3rd Provincial Congress which will be convened by the end of November, preparation for Ruth First Activities as the Province will be hosting this National activity, and received a political and international input report from members of the 3rd National Congress National Committee.
The meeting was also graced by the presence of Cde Mafika Mndebele, Cde Sello Maetso and Cde Jongumzi Cengani from the 3rd National Congress National Committee.
The PEC noted the continued growth of YCLSA in the Province from being the smallest province in 2009, the second biggest province in 2010 and in 2012 being the biggest province with over 230 branches in good standing. This confirms the willingness of our structures to do organisational work, while also championing the interest of working class; we are relevant and young people are more than ever before identifying themselves with our organisation.
We further note that this quantitavely growth poses a challenge to us as the organisation to enhance political education, as we continue to advance the National Democratic Revolution [NDR] and the struggle for socialism. In the same vain this vindicates in our correct analyses that young people are fed-up with capitalism and they want socialism now. Having noticed this growth on our membership, we resolved to continue educating our membership on organization, ideological and political through Marxist-Leninist theory and practice and sticking on the organizational principles that have guided our organisation since its formation in 1922.
F.W. De Klerk Anti Ė Communist
The Young Communist League in the Province of Eastern Cape had note the naked class onslaught against the SACP by Mr F.W. De Klerk., for us this comes as no surprise as we are fully aware that both the Right wing and ultra-left elements had been terribly craving for the break of alliance. To be quit frank F. W. De Klerk attack is ageing and no longer relevant to South African Politics in particular the struggle for the creation of the non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. The PEC notes that the attack on the Party comes immediately after the highly successful National Congress, which was the largest and the highly united Congress ever convened by the Party.
This congress amongst other things had adopted the political programme of the Party, which threaten the privilege of white monopoly capitalist, and seek to change the reality that while the democratic government had worked hard to create a better live for our people, the sad reality is that the economy remains largely in the hands of white males, and De Klerk evidently belong to this group of privileged few and wish to preserve it.
His out-bust is informed by fear of losing his privileged, and like a true Right-winger he resolved to use the Apartheid era tactic that had passed it sell by date. It is a shame and an insult to President Mandela that this Apartheid master mind who clearly yelled for the past was awarded jointly with him a noble peace price.
Make Education Fashionable
The PEC note that serious efforts need to be taken further to deal with the good work the department of Education in the province have started in bringing all stakeholders to the front mainly SADTU and the PYA components into the picture.
Without serious commitment by the above mentioned structures it will be of no use to embark on campaigns and marches for quality, accessible and affordably education in the province.
While observing the Limpopo education text book saga, the PEC does not want that situation to occur on our province and itís a situation that we cannot tolerate as itís only the working class learners that will suffer severely as a result of this. We are going to convene the meeting with MEC for Education to check the state of readiness and processes in place to procure books (LTSM) for 2013.
The point that we have been rising over the past six months on the role of the national department of Basic Education in the province that the intervention must be more around building capacity in the province and be collectively implemented remains stands. In the same vain we are happy about the stability in the system and not want to hear again about the two bulls factor as that wonít be in the interest of transforming education and in the interests of working class children in the province.
We therefore say to us these are non-negotiable with the Eastern Cape Department of Education: we want text-book to be delivered on time, all school must have furniture, there must be a teacher in front of learners and all corrupt elements in the department must be brought on book.
We are deeply concerned about shocking activities that are unfolding at the Eastern Cape Department of Health ranges from the non-payment of doctors, shortage of medicines, dumping of medicines on forests. The question that comes to us as young communists at whose expense are all these issues and the simple answer is that its only working class that burn the brunt of shocking activities. We are going to seek a meeting with MEC for Health in the Province to get response in the interests of the working class and the poor in our province.
Towards 3rd Provincial Congress
The PEC is happy by the state organization from 2009 till 2012. We further want to say the PEC will be the first ever since the re-establishment of YCLSA to take organization to its congress as the previous PECís collapsed in the process. The PEC noted some dirty tactics and lays about our leadership in particular the Provincial Secretary and Provincial Chairperson. The PEC said it wonít be defocussed by cheap tactics of ďif you canít engage our leadership blackmail themĒ. As PEC collectively we will fight anything and any person that seeks to divide us and we are going to expose who are they and what they represent.
The PEC adopted congress preparation plan and endorsed the congress venue for our 3rd Provincial Congress to be Walter Sisulu University at Mtata, O.R. Tambo District, to be convened by end November 2012.
Unity of the Working Class Youth
As the province we declare the weekend of end July as a red weekend. We view YCLSA as the only weapon and a home the young communists, the working class youth we have to nature, grow and defend and use to fight and struggle for socialism. We are not going to allow people who want to change YCLSA from being an organization of comrades to be an organization of friends. We will continue to fight for the unity of our organization uncompromisingly.
The PEC also dismissed rumours that the YCL in the province is divided, weak and on the brink of collapsing in particular at the district level.
As the PEC we want to set the record straight there is no crisis in the Province, the crisis is on those people who are saying there is a crisis. We declared not to be defocussed by dishonest populist who are more concerned about congresses and positions instead of servicing the YCLSA. We therefore wish to set the record straight that as the biggest YCL Province in the country, with over 230 branches in good standing, we remain resolute on the unity and cohesion of the organisation and recommits ourselves in advancing and championing the working class struggle of young people in the province.
Issued by the Provincial Executive Committee.
For more information and clarity please contact:
YCLSA Eastern Cape Provincial Secretary
Cell: 078 6429004