The Young Communist League of South Africa is a Marxist-Leninist youth wing of the SACP.

The YCL stands for:

Non Racism
The socialisation of the ownership and control of the means of production
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Communist University - Political School Material

Issue 13, Vol 13: 3 June 2016

In this issue:


Viewpoint by Mluleki DlelangaYCLSA Message of support to the Botswana National Front Youth League delivered by the National Secretary of the YCLSA, Cde Mluleki Dlelanga

28 May 2015

Mahalapye, Botswana

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language."  Karl Marx in The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte in 1852

Please receive revolutionary greetings from the more than 90 000 members of the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA). The YCLSA salutes your National Congress and wishes all the success to the Congress, as an important moment of your Organisation to define the best ways to contribute to the Botswana youth's struggle and for the reinforcement of the Botswana National Front Youth League as a force for revolutionary change.

Your Congress is convened just three days after we celebrated 94 years of unbroken struggle for socialism by the YCLSA. This important milestone of our organisation is one we wish on yours as well. Our wish is for the BNFYL to live as long as the YCLSA and more over. May this milestone of ours also inspire yourselves to close ranks and preserve unity of your organisation.

We are extremely overjoyed to report to you comrades that after more than 90 decades of existence the YCLSA is still vibrant, pushing campaigns that seek to deepen youth development and we are still championing the interests of the working class and the poor. One might ask what got us this far; the answer is very simple. As directed by Cde Lenin our task is to learn, learn, learn. Political education and ideological training has always been our top priority. Cde Lenin said a revolutionary movement cannot exist without revolutionary theory. 

We must redouble our efforts in ensuring that we preserve deep solidarity that will be of great value for both Botswana and South African Youth. We are motivated and inspired by the commitment displayed by your organisation in fighting for the betterment of the Botswana youth and your contribution to the imperialist struggle across the globe.

Through common programmes we must forge ahead with the efforts to dismantle capitalism, exploitation of workers and imperialism. We commit ourselves to fighting side by side with you in emancipating the working class and the poor from the shackles of the capitalist system. Our efforts must lead us into highlighting and campaigning on issues that are playing themselves out in the international arena because of capitalism and its highest stage, imperialism.

One of the pressing issues that need our immediate attention is the issue of Palestine. Recently we have seen the increased incarceration of young children as young as 12 years old. Just recently through international pressure we saw the release of 12 year old Dima Al-Wawi, a young girl who was arrested by apartheid Israel without any reason. We cannot sit idle while young people are subjected by to such atrocities by imperialist and apartheid state.

Just to quickly bring you up to speed about what is happening in our country, we have a new tendency that we have declared war on. The new tendency is called ‘Blessers and Blessee’s’.  A Blesser is a euphemism for a sugar daddy and a Blessee is a young woman who accepts gifts, money, alcohol and international trips for sexual favours.

As the YCLSA our view is that young people need job opportunities, scholarships, internships, quality education and not the exploitation of older men who abandon and ignore their families just to be ‘fresh’ with young girls. As part of the fight against patriarchy we need to instil a sense of independence in women and break the norm of allowing women to rely on men for survival especially financially.

According to Franz Fanon in his book titled"The wretched of the earth" he says"Each generation must discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it, in relative opacity." Our generation is tasked with mammoth task of rolling back the gains of monopoly capital. The responsibility of crushing capitalism rest on the shoulders of young people and this is one responsibility we should never fail in undertaking.

We will continue working with the Botswana National Front Youth League and ensure that we maintain strong solidarity bounds. We wish all the success to you dear comrades, to the Botswana youth struggle and to the progressive achievements of your campaigns.

Long Live the BNFYL!!!
Long Live YCLSA!!!
Long Live International Solidarity
Long live the World Federation of Democratic Youth!!!


Viewpoint by Molaodi Wa SekakeWe simply cannot defend the ANC at the expense of the Communist Party and the Working Class

By Molaodi Wa Sekake

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Manon, Ballerina

As human beings we more often than not ignore certain things at our peril. Exactly eight years back at Batcentre in Durban, still mesmerized by a sizzling poetry show, one old poet who - was a member of the Communist Party - attended the show, apparently quoting Hegel, observed:

‘What human beings learn from history is that they do not learn from history’.

This quotation especially the salience and perceptiveness of its words quickly came back to my mind when some Alliance partners, or some people in the ANC if not the ANC itself - wants to act in a way that confirms the Hegelian quote invoked by the old man, that ‘what human learn from history is that we do not learn anything’.

The alliance between the SACP and the ANC came into existence not out of convenience, but out of a historical necessity to unite all anti-colonial and anti-apartheid forces, and build a broad front of liberation towards a free and humane society. It is the alliance build in the theatre of the revolution not on rosy palaces and balconies of privilege and decadence.

While they were and are still independent formations in alliance, more often than not, political relations between the two formations would go to a point of nearly blurring the line between the Party and the ANC as far as revolutionary tasks were concerned. This was the basis of the theory of the revolution as far as the Party is concerned, The South African Road to Freedom, or the National Democratic Revolution as it known the MDM structures.

Many members of the Party led the ANC and sacrificed a lot. Resource mobilization, politico-military training, tasks in trenches and detachments, missions abroad, and operations inside the country, coupled with possibility for banishment, were in the main collective affairs of a revolutionary alliance in pursuit of freedom, not of formations programmatically apart at seams, and hermetically sealed in their own ideological enclaves oblivious to the necessity for unity.

What maintained this alliance was neither blind loyalty to one another, nor the fear to raise critical matters even in the midst of the possibility of being attacked by reactionary forces, it was rather the very courage to raise critical matters and the capacity of the revolutionary alliance and the liberation movement to confront and resolve them, because it was known that such a politically candid approach was the basis upon which many problems could be surmounted. In actual fact, what distinguished MK soldiers -composed of the ANC and the SACP - from many African liberation armies was the political and ideological stamina they possessed, based on the combination of sharp analytical skills, dialogical debates, and the very utilization of any military hardware for the liberation of the oppressed.

Why now some people in the ANC find it uncomfortable when critical issues of our revolution are raised by the Party? Why jettison a tradition of critical engagements that has safe-guarded the liberation movement and the revolutionary alliance over the years? What is it that is at stake, and cannot afford to be ruffled by frank, honest and critical discussions in the alliance?

When the Communist Party raised the GUPTA matter it was neither a judgemental statement nor a personal attack to anyone, it was a continuation of itstradition of critical appraisal of any system or reality that buttress class contradictions - whether capitalist, colonial, post-colonial or neo-colonial, or neo-liberal. In this case, the incapacity of the state to transform the economy fundamentally yet is quick to pander at the whims of sections of capital. Could it be that the post-colonial/neo-colonial elite in its inability to transform the economy for the benefit of the majority has found its role: to work as intermediaries between different international capital, albeit with a relatively solid national footing, and the majority of the oppressed black working class?

When state institutions like the hawks and SARS are used to settle political scores, what would it BE for the Communist Party to keep quite? Should it sheepishly cower under the bludgeon of dominant factions in the ANC? I as the member of the YCLSA believe not, the Party must continue raising critical matters in the alliance and if spaces continue to be closed the working class is clamouring for a quickened road to socialism let it not hesitate to be with the masses even at the expense of historical allies who have swollen into arrogance. Why subject a political matter of the GUPTAs raised by an alliance partner to a technical process, and eventually rubbish it off as a non-matter to the revolution?

We simply cannot afford to defend the ANC at the expense of the Communist Party; but most importantly, we cannot affordto defend it at the expense of the vast majority of the socially and economically disenfranchised working class. We dare fail to learn from history, otherwise what we would have learned from history is that we do not learn from it. We cannot afford to keep quite when the shenanigans of the post-colonial political elite, in cahoots sections of capital [the economic elite], further pauperise and petrify the working class, nor are we interested in joining the battles of warring political factions. In actual fact, we have no scores to settle but the status quo to unsettle.

Socialism is the future, build it now.

YCLSA National Committee member

Media Committee member

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