Society is not ready for fascism

2015-05-22 06:00

AS we are approaching the 2016 local government elections, the ANCYL thought it paramount to warn young people particularly those who will form part of the South African electorate in all 55 wards at Harry Gwala District about the growing element of fascism championed by a group of anarchists in red berets who regard themselves as EFF.

EFF is a law unto itself, with absolutely no regard for anyone else. It is, of course no surprise that it conducts itself this way; after all it is accountable to no one. The EFF’s attitude can be summed thus: ‘We are applying justice, this is how things should be done, the law is not for us and we can do whatever it is we like.”

South Africa is a democratic country and is governed by rules and laws stipulated in the Constitution and every citizen should abide by these laws and rules. Before 1994, the ANC and many young people were committed to the struggle against unjust laws and any form of oppression which includes occupation and invasion.

It is with this background that the Harry Gwala youth must reject EFF with distinction in next year’s local government election, this would ensure that evil never triumphs and plunges our municipalities into chaos.

These hooligans have made many attempts to humiliate and delegitimise our municipalities, we will never submit to the will of anarchists who are determined to divide and destroy the thread that holds us all together.

No matter how much we may be attacked, no matter how many marches against our municipalities are staged, we should never stoop to their level as young people. To do so would be to reduce our dignity and the dignity the multitudes of South African youth such as Anton Lembede, Solomon Mahlangu, Ashley Kriel, Mxolisi Majombozi, Hector Peterson, Tsietsi Mashinini, etc, who sacrificed so much so that our community and country could be a free, open and democratic society it is today.

They lack content, credibility and eloquence hence they always resort to violence. We call all our law-abiding citizens especially young people and those who will be voting for the first time in next year’s local government elections to defend the gains of our democracy against these anarchists who will stop at nothing to gain populism. We also note that in Kokstad they have attempted to disturb and disrupt IDP road shows which are meant to inform the people about the plans that the municipality has in place for their developments and whoever disrupts such programmes has no interest of the society at heart.

Aesop’s Fables has once told a story that “Once upon a time a wolf resolved to disguise his appearance in order to secure food more easily. Encased in the skin of a sheep, he pastured with the flock deceiving the shepherd by his costume.

In the evening he was shut up by the shepherd in the fold, the gate was closed, and the entrance made thoroughly secure. But the shepherd, returning to the fold during the night to obtain meat for the next day, mistakenly caught up the wolf instead of a sheep, and it killed him instantly.”

I urge young people not to be the victims of these wolves (EFF) who appear as the voice of the poor yet that they want to loot our society, just like their president has looted and further bankrupted Limpopo.

We have a good history as young lions and we can’t afford to betray that history today, at least not by voting EFF or any fly- by-night party in the 2016 local government elections. ANC remains our only hope for clear youth development.

President Jacob Zuma in his address at the ANC’s 103rd anniversary stated that “It is also important to realise that we are increasingly becoming a youthful society, as 60% of our population is young people.

We need to give the youth hope and certainty that the future is in their hands. The youth must take a front seat in their own liberation from challenges mentioned here.

Qiniso Ntozakhe

ANCYL REC Member (HarryGwala)

ANC Sub-regional secretary (Kwasani)

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South Africa is a democratic country and is governed by rules and laws stipulated in the Constitution and every citizen should abide by these laws and rules

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