Youth targeted by greed: SACP
Johannesburg - The disruption at the Young Communist League Congress last week showed how the youth was being targeted by greed and capital accumulation, the SA Communist Party said on Wednesday.
"Some of the ugly events that took place at the congress of our YCL reveal that, given the poverty, unemployment and restlessness of our young people, the tendencies of greedy capital accumulation, both inside and outside our movement, have targeted the youth as the soft underbelly of our national liberation movement," spokesperson Malesela Maleka said in a statement.
"The type of 'lumpenism' displayed by a minority at the YCL Congress... also showed the levels of desperation by the new tendency of ruthless accumulation to capture all formations of our movement."
The league held its elective conference in Mafikeng at the University of the North West over the weekend.
The police were called to restore order at the congress on Saturday when chaos broke out between delegates.
The league was split between those who supported the current national secretary Buti Manamela and those who supported his deputy Khayelihle Nkwanyan.
Maleka said the more the new tendency of "ruthless capital accumulation" got rolled back and exposed, the more it was likely to be even more desperate in the short term, especially running into the major congresses of all the Alliance partners in 2012.
Therefore it was going to be important that both the SACP and the YCL acted decisively to deal with this 'lumpen' behaviour at the YCL congress, by taking firm action.
He said the SACP and the YCL had to deepen its ideological work amongst the youth with a particular focus on organisation and mobilisation of young workers and the unemployed.
Next year the SACP would be celebrating its 90th anniversary.
Maleka said 2011 needed to be dedicated to waging a principled struggle to win the youth away from "compradorial", and often counter-revolutionary, tendencies.
"We will only achieve the above if we mobilise all our forces, and devote all our energies to the struggle for the realisation of our Medium Term Vision," he said.