YCL congratulates Cde Mduduzi Manana
14 June 2012
The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba) would like to congratulate the newly appointed Ministers and Deputy Ministers as a result of the reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. The YCLSA particularly extends its congratulations to Cde Ben Martins, a member of the Central Committee and Politburo of the SACP. We hope that his appointment will strengthen the Alliance programme on building infrastructure for a reliable, affordable, safe and integrated public transport system.
We hope the new leadership in transport will swiftly resolve the e-tolling crises in Gauteng in the interest of our people.
The YCL further welcomes the strengthening of the Public Works Ministry with two incorruptible communist (who are members of the ANC in their own right) whose energies will focus our resolve in transforming public works.
We see public works as a lead Ministry in creating massive jobs for our youth through maintenance of public buildings, construction of roads, the reopening of public works workshops and many other interventions.
The YCL would also like to extend our congratulations to the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Cde Comfort Mduduzi Manana, a distinguished youth activist and leader of our ally, the ANCYL and a former chairperson of a YCL branch in the Gert Sibande District in the Mpumalanga Province. All progressive youth formations should join hands in welcoming this appointment by the state president.
As the YCL we view this appointment by our President as a motion of confidence of youth leadership. We are convinced that Cde Manana will be very instrumental in transforming the face of higher education in South Africa working hand in hand with Minister Blade Nzimande. We are confident that they will address many of the issues that are currently facing the higher education and training sector.
The YCL feels that the following issues should be dealt with as a matter of urgency:
- the introduction of a centralised application system, to deal with the issue of intake, access and to avoid the repeat of the horrible scenes we witnessed at the University of Johannesburg early this year
- the standardization of fees across the all our universities.
- building more FET colleges in all districts of our country
We are saddened by the innuendos and naivety expressed by the South African Students Congress (SASCO) in their statement released yesterday. We are of the view that their attack on Cde Manana is uncalled for and misplaced. Our colleagues fail to justify why they feel that Cde Manana will be a "liability" in transforming higher education and training.
To suggest that some Ministries are more important than others is way out of order. All ministries are equally important and there are no Mickey Mouse ones. We have faith in President Zuma`s wisdom and feel that he has made the right appointment.
Issued by Buti Manamela
Young Communist League of South Africa
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