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Report from the ANCYL policy workshop
3 June 2012
The ANCYL held its Policy Workshop in preparation for the ANC Policy Conference from the 1-3 June 2012 at the St Georges Hotel in Pretoria.
The Policy workshop was attended by structures of the ANCYL including the NEC, PEC and RECs. Alliance Partners addressed and participated in the vibrant political engagements.
Highlighted below are the major areas that flowed from the discussions and will contribute to the Policy Submissions of the ANCYL.
The ANCYL reaffirms the resolutions of the 24th National Congress as part of its submissions and emphasized the following:
On Organisational Renewal and Strategy and Tactics
Generational Mix remains an integral element of organisation renewal. In consideration of the global reality that young people constitute more than fifty percent of the world`s seven billion population and that in South Africa alone constitute over forty one percent of the population is an indication that indeed the youthful nature of the population requires the innovation and agility of young to be at the helm of leadership. This is not unique but more relevant to the current environment as young people have always remained at the forefront of liberation and independence in Africa`s political freedom, more especially the role entrusted to many young South African`s who swelled the ranks of UmKhonto we Sizwe and beyond towards out political liberation. In building an organisation to adapt to the ever changing global and domestic trends of the world`s political and economic demands it requires that young people must be entrusted to lead the struggle for economic freedom as they had successfully won political freedom and to retain the internal unity and cohesion of the ANC and the confidence of the masses. The ANC must fasttrack the establishment of the POLITICAL SCHOOL in order to ensure that the history and traditions of the ANC are in tact and create space for cadre development as a liberation movement. All members of society should be encouraged to join the ANC and the probation period should be increased period to one year. The ANC should always strive towards preventing gatekeeping and the buying of membership. The membership system must be installed and made functional and be decentralised to regional offices. Returnee members must be managed and former members (i.e. COPE) returning to the ANC should be carefully considered to prevent a repeat of political problem through a programme of reintegration. Organizational administration must be the equal task of branches in order skill its members to professionalise the running of the organisation. Further, the ANC must equip its branches with the capacity to do research on local developmental issues. The National executive committee must always be found in close contact with structures and hence the venues for meetings of the NEC must rotate in order to afford the NEC a chance to interact directly with structures especially membership. The NEC must be reduced to 50 in order to prevent a bloated structure. The NEC must prevent the election of those from lower structure into higher structures as this causes organisational mayhem. Branches of the ANC must be be reaffirmed as the basic unit in the life of the organisation and a deliberate programme of building the movement at that level should always form part of our political work. On the Strategy and Tactics document of the ANC, the ANCYL found that document should not be an effort to appease all but to look internally at the fractures within the organisation caused by factionalism and our realtionship within society. The ANCYL rejects the notion of shared power as a consequence of the suggested transition and makes the assertion that our ideological integrity and hegemony must be consolidated in society. At no point can we accede to prioritisation and accountability to white monopoly capital, ours is a leftist character and hence our resources must be used for building the economy and improving the lives of our people. The ANCYL asserts that the ANC is African Nationalist in character, a radical force of the leftwhose anti imerialist and internationalist characterseeks to assert the hegemony of the poor in particular and the working class in general.
On Economic Transformation
The ANCYL remains firm and resolute on the submission on its submission on economic transformation and the seven cardinal pillars as indicated: Expropriation without compensation for equitable redistribution Nationalisation for Industrialisation Inclusive and Decentralised Economic Growth and Development Land Restitution and Agrarian Reform Building a strong developmental state and public service Massive investment in the development of the African economy Provision of education, skills and expertise to the people The ANCYL calls for the reconsideration of the naming and structure of Government Departments. The consequence of having many Departments that have been unable to fulfill the mandate of the ANC as a ruling party and its commitment to the poorest of the poor, Black in general and African in particular is due to the gignormous cabinet that is allocated a budget and does not heed the call for service delivery on the ground. It is in that spirit that the ANC must look into referring to its basis for policy formulation being the Freedom Charter and structure government according to the ten priorties outlined in the Freedom Charter as a commitment towards the implementation of the obligations of the ANC since 1955, over which period will then determine the decisiveness of progress in meting out the wills of all South Africans. There is an urgent need for an overhaul in the macro economic policy outlook, this continues to fail industrial development and is neo liberal in its very nature. This equally applies to the unresolved and avoided issue of land. The ANCYL remains firm in its assertion that land remains the property of the state. Land expropriation without compensation is an urgent necessity for the purposes of ensuring that the troika of mass unemployment, poverty and historical inequality are prioritised and resolved. Indeed the attitude towards Land Reform has been a very cautious exercise that has not yielded positive results for the majority of our people who remain dispossessed and landless. Land is a national asset and hence the implications of the willing buyer willing selling model continues to undermine prosperity and productivity. This model continues to be rejected as equally as Section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Section 25 of the Constitution must be immediately ammended as we do enjoy two third support. The matter of Expropriation without compensation is a matter that the ANC documents fail to address and this must be resolved first and foremost as an obligation to our people and become ANC policy. State owned land must be leased. The state continues to face the shame of not having ownership of critical sites and embracing its sovereignity as the land issue remains in the possession of thirteen percent of the white minority. The indigenous people of South Africa can never continue to remain landless almost twenty years into political freedom. The ANCYL is not convinced by the proposal of the Land Management Commission nor the Land Valuer General. This does not give qualitative consideration to the actual guardians of the land and the value that they have added through toil and hard labour but instead consider market value. This approach is a reaffirmation f the willing buyer willing seller principle. The ANCYL supports those who occupied and now own land in Daggaskraal and responded to the call by Pixley Isa Ka Seme The call for banning of labour brokers remains a resolution of the 24th National Congress of the ANCYL. Labour brokers like the youth wage subsidy continue to undermine the ability and compensation of the working masses. This is a direct translation of modern day slavery and more over undermines the principle of decent work through the middle man. The South African economy is in a position to cater for the populations unemployment crisis. The ANCYL reaffirms its call for a state owned bank equal to that of ABSA and others to ensure that the interests of the majority are considered as a priority and not that of banking conglomerates that behave in an unregulated and exploitative manner. The ANCYL reaffirms its call for the Nationalisation of mines and outrightly rejects the lies purported by the SIMS report. We remain committed towards ensuring that energy resources in the country are secure and that we identify the process of food production and distribution in South Africa On International Relations
International Solidarity must continue in relation to countries we support based on conditions of the people and their relations with US eg Cuba and the Cuban 5, and the Blockade campaigns. We must reaffirm our position on Palestine and support for a two state solution between Palestine and Israel. There is a need for us to reaffirm the special resolution taken on Swaziland in the ANC NGC held in Durban in 2010 and since the ANC has been silent on the issue as the people of Swaziland continue to perish. The sitaution in South Sudan requires an urgent solution as people are dying and they have signed contracts transferring oil. The ANCYL reaffirms its resolution on BNF in Botswana as the ANC has supported BNF ZANU PF, like Frelimo, Burkino Faso, SWAPO, PAIGC and CPP of Ghana have always remained our strong and reliable allies as President Robert Mugabe once served as the Deputy Chair of the ANCYL in Fort Hare University. Therefore efforts of any who are expected to resolve the political impasse in Zimbabwe should not at any point be aligned to those who are sponsored by dedicated imperialist forces. Since the departure of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt the government has no politics which has resukted in the inhuamne degradation of women Africa China relationship should be noted with caution as China departs from its socialist character and is depleting the industrial ability of states As a country it seems we have favoured the capitalist ideology which is of grave concer
On Social Transformation
The ANCYL reaffirms the prioritisation of eradication of informal settlements across the country. Resources should be dedicated to the eradication of informal settlements, instead of subsidisation of established corporations and companies. There is a need for the urgent electrification of neighbourhoods and settlements with no electricity, and re-connection of electricity disconnected by Municipalities, this must include the provision of water and sanitation to all communities, which do not have access to these services. Hence water must be owned by the state. Prioritisation of provision of skills and free quality education to all students until attainment of the first post-tertiary qualifications. This should include speeding up the establishment of Universities in the Provinces of Mpumalanga and Northern Cape. In identifying the role of customs, traditions and culture it is equally significant that an analysis be made of how the rights of women and children are inhibited as a direct consequence. Over and above the Tribal Courts Bill is not in line with the rural development strategy as it makes people in rural areas subjects of the Chiefs. The ANCYL agrees that the document of the STC shares the same sentiments of the discussion document of the 24th National Congress of the ANCYL and reaffirms the mobilisation of society behind a common identity is equal to the need for society to enjoy the rights afforded to them in a democratic dispensation.