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Communist University - Political School Material

Issue 15, Vol 13: 23 June 2016

In this issue:


Viewpoint by Khaya Xaba Infighting is over 'incomes' that comes with positions

By Khaya Xaba

The streets of several townships in Tshwane were burning after the announcement of the name of an African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Thoko Didiza on Monday 20 June by the ANC as its mayoral candidate for the capital city in the 3 August local government elections. At least one person was reportedly shot dead in this ANC versus ANC infighting.

It would be simplistic to suggest that the internal divisions and the violence engulfing the ANC in Tshwane emanate from Didiza's name. In fact her name may not necessarily be the primary problem. The ANC in Tshwane has been deeply divided. Relations with its allies have broken down or reduced to relations with factions within the REC.

It would similarly be simplistic to suggest that Didiza's name was brought about as an intervention only after the three names of the ANC deputy regional chairperson Mapiti Matsena, followed by Karin Littler and Susan Ngobeni submitted by the regional executive committee (REC) to the provincial executive committee (PEC) were not accepted. The fact is that Didiza's name has been doing rounds long before the three names were not accepted.

The situation dealt a blow to the relevance under the circumstances of the ANC's 52nd national conference resolution on the selection of mayoral candidates. The resolution empowered RECs to submit three names to PECs to make final decisions on mayoral candidates based on the names submitted. Neither does the resolution provide for RECs to consult ANC alliance partners, or its own branches for that matter, in identifying the names and for meaningful participation by alliance partners in final decision making.

Interventions appointing a candidate outside of the three names were not foreseen. The death knell of the resolution, which did not provide for that intervention, sounded in Nelson Mandela Bay when the current mayor, Danny Jordan was brought in to ensure a turnaround under similar conditions.

Strictly speaking the interventions are against the ANC's own resolutions despite the fact that they may be useful under the respective circumstances. The ANC must learn from this in making binding resolutions in future!

Also, the exclusion of its alliance partners in the text of the "three-name resolutions" on identifying mayoral and premier candidates respectively is a sensitive issue that the ANC should not ignore. It must be addressed.

After the passing of the "three-name resolutions" in Polokwane, those who wanted to decide who mayors or premiers should be without consulting not only ANC alliance partners but also its branches had to fight for control over its RECs or PECs respectively. Some linked this to access to scarce public resources such as appointments, employment, contracts and tenders, under the yoke of patronage. Lobbying promises are broken when someone else is brought in. It appears as if the warring leaders and their supporters are fighting to serve the people, while in essence they are fighting for the "income" that comes with ascendency to the positions in the tussle.

While Matsena seemed to enjoy majority support in the REC, recommending him, according to media reports as a top name for mayoral candidate, recent developments point to Ramokgopa having majority support among branches. Some of the people who participated in the turbulence following the announcement of Didiza's name believed that their branch meetings or their outcomes were manipulated. The regional list conference was apparently not properly concluded because of disputes relating to some candidates who were supposedly not nominated by branches. Complaints that papers from some branches were reportedly missing are well-known. It is believed that this was a deliberate act. Some branches were actually ordered to reconvene.

ANC alliance partners expressed strong opposition to manipulation in selection processes. They are affected because those are not narrowly ANC's processes only but theirs too as led by the ANC. Together with the ANC they have to ensure a meaningful consultation takes place. The fact is that if the ANC loses, like it happened in the Western Cape, they too will lose!

Khaya Xaba is YCLSA National Spokesperson

This article also appeared on the Thursday June 23rd edition of the Sowetan


Viewpoint by Dloze MatooaneYoung people to the Front; Preserving the legacy of the class of 1976

Dloze Matooane

It is indeed a fact that nobody can build the future for the youth, yet the youth can be built for the future. In the midst of an unhealthy political climate, commentators wants to dictate to us on how to advance our generation. Young people are a social strata. It is a fact that South Africa is a youthful country; young people constitutes 66% of the total population of 54 million.

As we commemorate and celebrate the month of young people the best is to reflect and analyse. It is important as young people to commemorate the sacrifices made by the generation of 1976 and to also reflect careful so as not to sacrifice their sacrifices at the altar of democracy.

Young people are confronted by the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We are confronted by the challenges of substance abuse. We are faced with a challenge which is the lack of access to education. According to SACMEQ (Southern and East African Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality) survey, South Africa had the third highest proportion of functionally illiterate learners. We have every reason to feel like a neglected generation.

Youth and Education

While we must highly appreciate the progress made by the ministry of higher education in our education system, the lack of access to education remains a huge challenge to young people. Students in particular are a strata in progress located in higher institutions of learning, which are recognised as the intellectual hub in our society.

Education must be a priority in all spheres of government. As we approach Local government elections our call is the implementation of the MMC of Education in our municipalities. Education must be a priority even in local government. Local government is the closest sphere of governance to the people, an MMC of Education at local government level will highly assist in accelerating transformation in the education sector.

According to Stats SA "black youth are less skilled than their parents". This cannot be correct, it is in fact an insult to a hard earned democracy, it has to change and local government can play a role.

We want free quality education in our life time!!!!!

Youth and economy.

The notion that racism that not exist South Africa is opium, racism is in fact located in our economy. Our economy is a real testimony that capitalism has failed South Africa! Young people are highly suppressed by socio-economic challenges which are mainly the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

Young people constitutes 66% of the total population in South Africa. Youth unemployment accounts for over 52% of the total unemployment of 26.7%. It cannot be correct, we are future of this country. This is a clear indication that this capitalist system is very brutal and has failed the youth of this country. It is argued that 1 in 4 young people are unemployed in this country.

Graduate unemployment stood at 5.9% in 2012-2013 and it has significantly not decreased nor increased, this is another challenge. How are we to convince future generations that education is the key to success while they are growing up in a society with unemployed graduates? Education must be fashionable and employment opportunities for graduates must be created!

Our call as young people is the implementation of youth directorates in all municipalities!! We are very unapologetic in advocating this demand. Local government must also play its role in catering for the needs of young people!!

Nothing for us without us!!!! Aluta continua!!!!

Cde Dlozi is the member of the District Committee of the YCLSA in the Vaal [Sedibeng District]