ANCYL KwaDukuza to stage mass protests

2018-01-31 06:01
PHOTO: nkosinathi dubeANCYL Greater KwaDukuza leadership (from left) Zamile Mdletshe, Mncedisi Magubane, Musa Zondi and Mfanafuthi Ngcobo at the media briefing.

PHOTO: nkosinathi dubeANCYL Greater KwaDukuza leadership (from left) Zamile Mdletshe, Mncedisi Magubane, Musa Zondi and Mfanafuthi Ngcobo at the media briefing.

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THE ANCYL in the Greater KwaDukuza Region held its first media briefing to emphasise its political agenda and advance its programme of action at the regional offices on Friday, January 19.

Among issues the ANCYL has prioritised are the back-to-school programme, planned mass action to KwaDukuza Private Hospital and Maphumulo Spar as well as the issue surrounding iLembe District and the Department of Education.

Addressing the media, ANCYL Greater KwaDukuza regional secretary Musa Zondi said they will visit educational institutions across the region as part of the league’s back-to-school programme.

“This campaign by leadership will be undertaken at eight schools in Mandeni, Ndwedwe, Maphumulo and KwaDukuza where there will be interaction with teachers, pupils and parents.

“We will encourage and motivate staff and pupils. More than 100 pairs of school shoes will be distributed to needy pupils as this resonates with our ‘making education fashionable’ slogan,” said Zondi.

The youth league is also going to stage mass protest action against two corporates next month - Maphumulo Spar and KwaDukuza Private Hospital - both of which they have labelled “delinquent” and arrogant.

They will use these mass actions as last attempts to convince the authorities at both institutions to heed and attend to public outcries.

“Among the issues we want Spar management to address is that of the provision of quality goods and service in a hygienic environment for customers.

“Currently it is public knowledge that unhygienic conditions and poor food quality are the order of the day at the store and at the same time Spar is treating its workers in an inhumane manner as they are subjected to long working hours and being paid below minimum wage.

“We also have concerns of the corporates contribution to the community as Spar is not making any meaningful contribution,” added Zondi.

Commenting on the allegations made by the youth league, Maphumulo Spar store manager Shaun Singh confirmed that they were aware of the situation as issues were brought to their attention with regards to the store.

“Some of the issues have been resolved and there are still certain issues that require more attention.”

He also said that they are engaging with the youth league via the Maphumulo Municipality.

The statement also shed light on other planned protest action to the new KwaDukuza Private Hospital, which has come under fire for not considering local youths for jobs and employs people from outside the KDM jurisdiction.

The regional chairperson of the ANCYL Mfanafuthi Ngcobo also weighed in on the issue of iLembe versus the Department of Education as schools are being closed early due to water cuts in some cases as a result of the accounts not being paid.

He called the situation embarrassing and said it will be their priority.

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