Youth League hosts successful lecture

2016-06-15 06:00
ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza speaking at a lecture hosted by the ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza Region last Friday. Photo: Supplied

ANCYL Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza speaking at a lecture hosted by the ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza Region last Friday. Photo: Supplied

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THE ANC Greater KwaDukuza Youth League hosted a lecture on Friday, 10 June, at the KwaDukuza Town Hall commemorating 40 years since the student uprising of 16 June 1976.

The hall was packed to the rafters during the lecture which was attended by the party’s national, provincial and regional leadership including ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza, KZN ANCYL secretary Thanduxolo Sabela and ANCYL regional chairperson Lucky Makhathini.

The provincial secretary, Sabela, condemned the booing of elected leaders saying it is detrimental to the party’s unity, urging members to respect the organisation’s culture of respect.

He said KZN is beleaguered by politically related killings which are a major concern for the party, adding that such incidents may be a result of a lack of employment and councillorship being viewed as an employment opportunity.

“If your are councillor you are meant to be a servant of the people, now people see it as a job, meaning if they are elected to represent a certain ward it means to them they are employed and will receive wages,” he said.

Sabela further said the party has managed to stifle its opposition “to a point of almost non-existence” within the province leading to a situation where party members identify each other as enemies which results in the killings.

He urged members of the party’s youth league to play a role in identifying those guilty of the killings and those that call the shots from behind the scenes.

Sabela commended the Greater KwaDukuza region for ensuring that 40% of its candidates to contest local elections this year are young people, a percentage the youth league had set as a target.

“Young people from KwaZulu-Natal gave us a mandate to go and fight for youth representation in all strategic sectors of power, the immediate one was local government,” he said.

During his keynote address, Nzuza urged young people to educate themselves about the youth of 1976 so as to gain an understanding that the uprising was not merely a revolt against Afrikaans being used as a medium of instruction but rather what the language represented – the systematic oppression of the black race.

“These young people did not struggle for us to have rights and yet become alcoholics and be drug addicts. The youth of today must not spend time on things that do not matter,” said Nzuza.

He said the current generation should define its own mission which, he said, is economic transformation.

“Our mission is economic freedom in our lifetime, this means we must reclaim the economy,” said Nzuza.

He urged the youth league to takeover leadership of the ANC so that it could fast track the implementation of policies drafted by the organisation to ensure economic transformation is attained.

Nzuza called for an establishment of a state bank that would invest in the country’s development by financially empowering young people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

He said free education is also a critical issue that needs to be addressed urgently.

“The bottom line is, free education is the policy of the ANC and free education will free us as young people from the shackles that bind us to NSFAS and the repayment of its loans,” said Nzuza.

He further urged South Africans to salvage the township economy by rebuilding tuck shops run by locals and that sell goods produced within the country.

He said these are the pillars of economic transformation including the nationalisation of state assets such as mines.

“The question is: are we ready as young people to stand up and fight for what belongs to us? And fighting, comrades, means we must be organised,” said Nzuza.


The bottom line is, free education is the policy of the ANC and free education will free us as young people from the shackles that bind us to NSFAS and the repayment of its loans.

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