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Vol. 11 No. 7: 18-24 July 2014

 

Notes on Mandela Day 2014 by the Editor - Bandile Masuku

Notes on Mandela Day 2014 by the Editor
What is the real 'Gospel' of Mandela Day?
“Since 2010, the 18th July- being the birth date of Nelson Mandela- has been set aside by the United Nations as the International Mandela Day; the day in which the world reflects on the legacy of President Nelson Mandela and the progressive values he upheld throughout his adult life. Central to these values espoused by the late President are such virtues as selflessness, dedication to the common good, kindness, forgiveness, reconciliation, unity and commitment to social justice.

Consistent with how humanity has come to observe and commemorate special dates, South Africans… more importantly for us as the ANCYL, we need to pose the question: Have we evolved the correct politics for the commemoration of the life of the revolutionary Nelson Mandela?...is necessary in a bid to avoid the '7th day repenters' syndrome' in which believers sin for 6 days of the week to only turn their eyes to the 'Lord' on Sunday- the 7th day….”>>> More
KaNyamazane Speech by President Nelson Mandela

KaNyamazane Speech by President Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela's address to the ANC Youth League Re-Launch Congress @ Kanyamazane, 13 April 1990
“…If you do not respect the leadership of the ANC, we can never rely on you... We expect far more from you than that. We expect you to respect other freedom fighters outside our organisation. We expect you to have the spirit of comrades, of being able to allow those who disagree with you to propagate their own views and their own methods of struggle. We do not wish to force people into our own organisation, into our own thinking. What we want to do is to persuade our people to join us…”>>> More
Viewpoint by Sicelo S. S. Shembe

Viewpoint by Sicelo S. S. Shembe
Lomzabalazo is wary of Demagoguery and empty Rhetoric
“…the school has to have political literature that keeps the students knowledgeable. Demagoguery practitioners spend time reading all that Marx and Lenin wrote... as the ANC Youth League we should go back to being like the ANC Youth League of the 90's and early 2000's…

We are of the firm belief that when the revolutionary situation changes, revolutionary tactics and methods of leadership must change accordingly. Drawing from lessons of the Chinese Revolution and their current political and industrial success, we find it important… that all opportunistic characters are kept out of the leadership structures as they are the root cause for divisions and enemy assaults.” >>> More

Viewpoint by Sive Madala Gumenge Viewpoint by Sive Madala Gumenge
DA's Youth Development Policy is failing working class youth
“While the youth across the country is celebrating the victory of the African National Congress (ANC) in their respective provinces, the youth in Cape Town still confronted by the demonic leadership of the Democratic Alliance, which does not have interests of working class youth organized in the comprehensive universities and university of technology; together with Technical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET) colleges. What is important, therefore at this stage, is the unity of the working class youth both: employed, unemployed, in high schools and at post school institutions as we move towards the 2016 Local Government Elections. Their unity must not be optional and it must be a…” >>> More

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Notes on Mandela Day 2014 by the Editor

Notes on Mandela Day 2014 by the Editor - Bandile Masuku

WHAT IS THE REAL 'GOSPEL' OF MANDELA DAY?

Since 2010, the 18th July- being the birth date of Nelson Mandela- has been set aside by the United Nations as the International Mandela Day; the day in which the world reflects on the legacy of President Nelson Mandela and the progressive values he upheld throughout his adult life. Central to these values espoused by the late President are such virtues as selflessness, dedication to the common good, kindness, forgiveness, reconciliation, unity and commitment to social justice.

Consistent with how humanity has come to observe and commemorate special dates, South Africans and the world in general have evolved the tradition to action out gestures of kindness and goodwill on the 18th July. Chief amongst these has been the visiting of old-age home, children's homes, hospitals, schools etc to provide assistance with cleaning and other services required in these institutions. The driving motive for all these actions is to demonstrate our kindness and compassion for the downtrodden and needy in supposedly in a manner symbolic of what the esteemed Nelson Mandela demonstrated throughout his life. This has become the chief 'Gospel' of the day.

However, and more importantly for us as the ANCYL, we need to pose the question: Have we evolved the correct politics for the commemoration of the life of the revolutionary Nelson Mandela? It is important for us to pose this question to both the public and to ourselves even as we appreciate the acts of goodwill that have been attached to the memory of our late President.

Firstly, this question is necessary in a bid to avoid the '7th day repenters' syndrome' in which believers sin for 6 days of the week to only turn their eyes to the 'Lord' on Sunday- the 7th day. This refers to the dangerous trend in which Mandela day may not be viewed as a symbolic day in which we honor service to the people but rather it being used as the only day that we actually discharge service to the people!

The ANCYL's intervention in the Mandela day discourse should encourage the absolute internalization of the virtues of selflessness, service to the people, civic activism and human solidarity in the everyday deeds of the South African masses. The upholding of these virtues as the motives behind our daily deeds will accrue to all of us as citizens of South Africa and the world the same revolutionary impact that Nelson Mandela and his generation of 'servants of the people' achieved. This is true considering the fact that Nelson Mandela committed his life, not just a day, to the achievement of the most thorough-going social and political transformation whose achievement resulted in the most resounding improvement of the human condition.

Secondly, the ANCYL needs to lead a culturally rigorous and politically determined debate around the manner in which Nelson Mandela's symbolic life should be understood. The world we live in is engulfed with poverty, inequality, unemployment, underdevelopment, women and child abuse, violence etc. To overcome these systemic challenges requires the mobilization of a broad movement of social and political forces that are capable of discharging a common vision of social transformation.

All of this cannot be achieved over one day and particularly not by merely painting old-age homes, hospitals, schools etc. Important as these gestures are, they should not be undertaken as the objectives of Mandela Day. Rather they should be used as a means to remind all of us about our collective humanity and our duty to each other, in a manner that allows us to pursue broad conversations about the much more systemic and endemic social challenges that our country and the world are faced with.

Essentially, the gospel of Mandela Day should be borne of the lived example of a life of sacrifice by President Nelson Mandela. This gospel must instruct all of us to evolve our sense of charity to a much broader sense of commitment to social and political activism that is dedicated to the achievement of systemic social justice.

As we mark Mandela Day in 2014, we do so at the height of Israeli terror over the people of Palestine in the Gaza region. We have seen disheartening images of women, children and men whose limbs and brains have been blown asunder by the blasting impact of Israeli missiles. The whole world has once again been drawn in to witness aggression by one state over another in a manner that is not unlike the other acts of genocide that the world has seen before. Similar to all previous acts of this nature, the actions and threats of Hamas, a distinct extremist Islamic group of militants, are used as justification for the horror visited on unarmed and defenseless civilians of Palestine.

Given the internationalist sense of solidarity that underpinned Nelson Mandela's activism, we are duty bound to honour his legacy by throwing our weight behind the people of Palestine. The ANCYL, because of its proximity to political power and policy discourse in the state, must add its voice to the Palestinian Solidarity Movement and canvass the ANC and our government to isolate the Israeli state. It is this sense of solidarity for the achievement of world peace and justice that must be cultivated amongst all South Africans.

(Bandile Masuku is a member of the National Task Team of the ANC Youth League and its National Spokesperson but writes here on his capacity as the Editor of HLOMELANG. This is the Editor's Note)

KaNyamazane Speech by President Nelson Mandela

KaNyamazane Speech by President Nelson Mandela

NELSON MANDELA'S ADDRESS TO THE ANC YOUTH LEAGUE RE-LAUNCH CONGRESS @ KANYAMAZANE, 13 APRIL 1990

...You, who are present here today. and the millions you represent. are the pride of all our people. Your contribution to the struggle, to our irreversible advance towards liberation, has been truly enormous. The sacrifices you have made, and will still be called upon to make, cannot but evoke our greatest admiration for your courage and determination.

You have been in the forward ranks of all our fighting formations. Regardless of the kind of struggle, and regardless of the challenges the struggle posed, you have been the backbone of the struggle for a people's education. You have been at the heart of the heroic efforts of the oppressed and exploited workers of our country. You have played a leading role in the glorious reawakening of our downtrodden rural masses. It is you who are the combatants and commanders of our beloved people's army, Umkhonto weSizwe.

The people's movement, the ANC, belongs to you in the same way that you belong to it.
Therefore it is clear, dear comrades, that your place and role in society and the struggle impose the responsibility on you to act in unison as one of the principal motor forces of our struggle. This requires of you political maturity, strong and soundly democratic organisations, smooth running of all your activities, and united, determined action for the victory of the national, democratic struggle.

All of this must be carried out in the context of our ongoing struggle for the sharing of power with the people. Accordingly, we must answer the question: What stage has the struggle reached and what are the tasks that we have forthcoming in order to advance to victory?

NEGOTIATIONS, A CONTINUATION OF STRUGGLE

We must therefore be clear that negotiations do not mean the end of the struggle. They are a continuation of the struggle and become possible because of the advances that we have scored in the course of our general offensive against the apartheid system....

As a result of the heroic struggles you and most of the masses of the people have carried out on many fronts. combined with the international offensive for the total isolation of apartheid South Africa. we have arrived at a point where the Pretoria Government has understood and accepted that the system of white minority domination can no longer be maintained. It has to go and has to go now!

Accordingly, the government has accepted that it must negotiate with the genuine representatives of our people to bring into being a new political, economic and social order. Needless to say, this regime has its own view, which it will fight for, as to what this new order should be. We, too, have our own perspective of what we mean when we say that the people shall govern and that the wealth of our country shall be shared by all our people.

These sets of different views today confront one another in struggle as they have done over the decades. The confrontation has expressed itself through the various forms of struggle which we have waged. At present there is an additional theatre of struggle-the theatre of negotiations.

DEMOCRATIC FRONT

It is also of central importance that the bloc which represents the perspective of a non-racial democracy should participate in the negotiations as a bloc.

During the course of our struggle we have viewed it as a strategic imperative that we should build a broad democratic front to challenge the apartheid regime in united action. The front found an expression in the Conference for a Democratic Future held last December. There is a continuing strategic need to further build and strengthen this front as a vital instrument of mass struggle to destroy the apartheid system and to defend and advance the democracy when victory has been achieved.

These forces must continue to act in unity during this stage of the struggle, which includes a negotiated resolution of the apartheid issue.

We have to bear in mind, all the time, that we have as one of our primary responsibilities the task of organising the masses of our people into the struggle.

The building of a broad democratic front is part of the process of organisation. It therefore must be approached with all due seriousness. A good organiser knows that there is no such thing as a readymade member of any organisation. To organise means to go out and convince those who were not convinced before. It means that the organiser has to exercise patience and display understanding even for the views with which he or she may not agree.

These remarks are relevant, for instance, with regard to the work all of us are carrying out in the rural areas. Here we find, among others, people who are serving in homeland structures as well as the traditional chiefs. Through persuasion and without any harassment, we must draw these compatriots--who also belong among the oppressed people--into the common struggle for liberation. We should observe this manner of operation wherever we go out to organise.

BUILD ANC STRUCTURES

We have spoken of the broad democratic front. But of central importance as well is the need for us to build the ANC, the ANC Youth League, and the ANC Women's League. Without these sectoral structures it will be impossible to construct the broad front. As the South African Youth Congress, most if not all of whose members see themselves as part of the ANC, you have a historic responsibility to join hands with the ANC Youth Section to rebuild that central component of our struggling forces in our country - the ANC Youth League.

You will of course also have to attend to the question of the mobilisation of those sections of the youth who may not wish to be members of the ANC into the broad democratic movement so that they too can make a contribution to the abolition of the apartheid system and the transformation of our country....

NEED FOR DISCIPLINE

I must point out that the youth of our country have a special responsibility as far as discipline is concerned. You, as has often been said, are the leaders of this community of the future. As future leaders there are certain responsibilities which we expect you to observe. One of these is utmost discipline. If you are not disciplined, you can never win our confidence. If you do not respect the leadership of the ANC, we can never rely on you....

We expect far more from you than that. We expect you to respect other freedom fighters outside our organisation. We expect you to have the spirit of comrades, of being able to allow those who disagree with you to propagate their own views and their own methods of struggle. We do not wish to force people into our own organisation, into our own thinking. What we want to do is to persuade our people to join us and share our point of view.

Any form of violence, any form of coercion, any form of harassment is against the policy of the ANC.... I appeal to you to behave with the dignity which members of the ANC and other democratic organisations in the country deserve. And I sincerely hope that this appeal will not fall on deaf ears....

POLICE VIOLENCE

Recently the government has let loose the South African police against our people. We were disturbed yesterday to hear that the police have used force and violence in breaking up a peaceful demonstration. The police seem also, in some areas, to be working with armed right-wing vigilantes, who themselves are shooting innocent people....

We are not going to allow the situation to arise where the government talks about negotiations and peace and at the same time conducts a war against us. President de Klerk, please take notice: If people are becoming angry and intolerant. whatever you say. it must be measured against the activities of your police and your troops. As far as we are concerned, the government is doing very little to rein in its wild police force, which has been trained to look at every grievance and demand by blacks as a declaration of war.

How different their attitude when they deal with demonstrations by whites. I have said to Mr. de Klerk the last time I met him that I am not aware of a single instance in which police ever opened fire against white demonstrators....

I repeat that President de Klerk must be aware we will not tolerate the situation where on the eve of negotiations it allows his policemen to shoot our people at random.

TRADITIONAL CHIEFS

I have touched on the question of homeland leaders and traditional chiefs. It is not the policy of the ANC to condemn the chiefs as such. These are our traditional leaders, some of whom have an impressive record in the fight against apartheid. We say we must give them the respect that they deserve as traditional leaders.

You must remember that it is going to be difficult for our organisation to take root and be strong in the countryside unless we are able to work together with them in their respective areas. And those who feel that we have nothing to with the chiefs do not know the policy of the ANC and have no idea how to strengthen the organisation in the countryside.

In fact, the National Party detected this weakness on our part, of not having strong organisation in the countryside. That is how they succeeded in forcing the homeland policy on the masses of our people....

In our custom and history. the chief is the mouthpiece of his people. He must listen to the complaints of his people. He is the custodian of their hopes and desires. And if any chief decides to be a tyrant. to take decisions for his people, he will come to a tragic end in the sense that we will deal with him....

Finally, I wanted to appeal to you not to be unnecessarily hostile against the homeland leaders. These men are our flesh and blood and we want them to join the struggle. We know that some of them went into this system honestly, thinking that it was an effective option for us. But those who have discovered their mistakes and are prepared to come over to the liberation movement, let us welcome them with open arms. There is no need to say because a man has made a mistake before, we should no longer work with him....

Those who confess their mistakes, those who are prepared to listen to the people now must go to the people in their areas and settle their problems. When they do that, we will welcome them with open arms....

Nelson Mandela's address to the Youth KaNyamazane, 13 April 1990 (source: http://www.sahistory.org.za/archive/nelson-mandelas-address-youth-kanyamazane-13-april-1990) accessed 7/18/2014 1:36:06 AM

Viewpoint by Sicelo S. S. Shembe

Viewpoint by Sicelo S. S. Shembe

LOMZABALAZO IS WARY OF DEMAGOGUERY AND EMPTY RHETORIC

Those who have been part of lomzabalazo are fully aware that we are faced with the current political work-load because of the narrow-minded closed-door policy and gate keeping that has been practiced by some populists that hijacked the ANC Youth League through demagoguery and empty rhetoric. Hence, we have to be more concerned about mapping a sustainable long-term Programme of Action (POA) that will help our organisation avoid opportunistic manoeuvres that might disturb the mobilisation of all young people of our beautiful nation behind the ANC.

Were Madiba still amongst the mortals, he could have liked us to be each other's keeper and protector. We should strive to make all that he worked hard to see our nation being realisable with more action than lots of words. We have to help each ANC Youth League Branch have a practical yet few item programme of action that is responsive to the needs of its community. We need to make our Regional Offices fully functional and stop being used only as the meeting centres for our REC's but should be regional youth activity coordinating nodes.

Knowledge sources like Hlomelang; ANC Today; Umrabulo and other revolutionary literature plus government information carriers should be always found in the ANC Youth League offices both in Regions and in Provinces so that our Branches can be able to benefit from that material.

If we are to keep the ANC Youth League being the political preparatory school for the ANC, the school has to have political literature that keeps the students knowledgeable. Demagoguery practitioners spend time reading all that Marx and Lenin wrote. They also make sure to read and keep copies of the best of our revolutionary literature so that they sound clever than all of the simple yet dedicated members of our structures.

We are in a decade dedicated to building ANC cadres, that will not be easily swayed to aspects of living that brings disgrace to the Congress Movement and the individual members themselves, and as the ANC Youth League we are the reservoir of the potential best cadres that will help sustain the momentum of the great work our fore-fathers have done.  

The various currently seating Regional Congresses and Provincial Congresses should help the National Congress easily develop the POA for the next three years that will be a political blue-print for the ANC Youth League branches to directly inject more activism in the life of all ANC branches. It is in that way that we can curb the surprise community marches and protests, which are always dominated by young people.

We should make our Regional Congresses take resolutions on key priority areas that we would like the ANC government to attend to, build those up and combine them into provincial priorities at our Provincial Congresses or Provincial General Councils so that they do become part of the Provincial Programme to be attended to by the 25th National Congress. 

The POA for each Region should include the programme for building the branches; the tactical induction of those branches and assist the branches draw-up their own localised programmes for keeping constant contact between ANC Youth League membership and the youth of the particular municipal ward. As all members of the ANC Youth League belong to a branch, it is advisable for us all to partake in these re-training and re-skilling workshops - it goes a long way into keeping our revolutionary consciousness alive.    

Some people who claim to understand politics beyond the real politics have suggested the naivety of interaction amongst the key volunteers on the leadership question. It is wildly known that talks have started and this exercise help to inject the necessary adrenalin in the building of the branches.

Those who are not involved in the branches' re-building exercise should not cry foul as it should be difficult for branches to identify with people who do not partake in the hard-work of ensuring that all municipal wards do have ANC Youth League structures so as to direct the activism and energy of the youth of that municipal ward. All of us should never give space to sluggards. We need committed activists who are humble servants of the youth of the African National Congress. People who carry-out the actual work in between meetings. People who will help the ANC win each and every municipal ward in the forth-coming Local Government Elections.

In a democracy like ours, here in South Africa, it become easy for a demagogue to appeal to emotions, fears and ignorance of the ordinary citizens in order to gain power and promote their political agenda. Demagogues are troublesome because they advocate for an immediate action, usually violent one like “remove e-tolls physically” or “remove the councillor” or “the chairperson should resign”.   All these appeal to the mind of the uninitiated. The action proposed becomes a rallying call and it gives the demagogue platform and space to be seen to be leading that particular community. Hence, as the ANC Youth League, we should go back to being like the ANC Youth League of the 90's and early 2000's.

The ANC Youth League that scored many positive policy victories and practical youth development imperatives by engaging with the ANC internally and having most of its needs addressed by government in a satisfactory manner without being populist about it. For example, our victories in education and small business support are the direct fruits of their work. We have financial aid for post matric education thus many graduates and knowledge workers because of the humble yet uncompromising character of those former leaders. At some point the ANC Youth League membership card made members to be entitled to a discount in institutions like Damelin. 

We are of the firm belief that when the revolutionary situation changes, revolutionary tactics and methods of leadership must change accordingly. Drawing from lessons of the Chinese Revolution and their current political and industrial success, we find it important to remind comrades that in 1927, the true Chinese Revolution was under siege until in 1935 when Comrade Mao Tse-tung refocused the Communist Party of China and re-established a united front with the national bourgeoisie on the condition that there must be resistance to the identified external enemy.

We, therefore, remind our fellow comrades that our differences are nothing much than just a question of who leads the revived ANC Youth League in the Region, in each Province and at National level after the revival elective congress. It is thus a secondary difference; for whoever emerges as a leader will still be an ANC member and a Young Lion at heart. We sincerely believe that we should unite and work as a single force in mobilising young people of our region for a decisive youth vote for the ANC in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

For the excitement of voting is still large amongst our fellows than some jobless older citizens or disgruntled ones. We have to unite against any force that seek to divide our leadership as they are focused on making the lives of the people of our local municipalities better and the governance of our provinces better.   

Comrade Mao convened an extended Political Bureau in Tsunyi to take-charge of the programme to re-focus the Chinese revolution and from January 1935 meeting the Chinese Communist Party has been able to produce successive Central Committee (CC) members who are grounded in the politics of the left and the poor. CC members who have successfully partnered with the national bourgeoisie to keep China at peace, highly industrialised and politically progressive. They have been able to defeat the identified enemy by ensuring that all opportunistic characters are kept out of the leadership structures as they are the root cause for divisions and enemy assaults.

If we engage in branch revival work as a united force and go to an elective congress as a single unit, splits and mistrust among the demagoguery opportunistic forces will occur and eventually the ANC Youth League will cleanse itself of the counter-revolutionary elements. It might take time but it is certain.

History shows that fake revolutionaries are unmasked at a point of their defeat when contending for leadership. They fail to allow others to take a lead on organisational matters. They do not want to work at lower levels of the organisation and with-time-passing-by disappear from the activists' fold. Thus, we are bound to limit their access to leadership echelons so that we can be able to full-fill the goals of the National Democratic Revolution. Asinamona, Asinanzondo, Sisebenzela i-ANC nokuyisa iNingizimu Afrika phambili. 

(Sicelo Sabelo Siphamandla Shembe: is a Chairperson of the ANC Youth League - KwaMthethwa Branch and a Member of the Riot Mkhwanazi District Interim Leadership Core of the YCLSA. A former NEC Member of SASCO and former President of the University of Zululand SRC. These are notes from the talk he had with his Branch and are published in here on his personal capacity.)

Viewpoint by Sive Madala Gumenge

Viewpoint by Sive Madala Gumenge

DA'S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT POLICY IS FAILING WORKING CLASS YOUTH

While the youth across the country is celebrating the victory of the African National Congress (ANC) in their respective provinces, the youth in Cape Town still confronted by the demonic leadership of the Democratic Alliance, which does not have interests of working class youth organized in the comprehensive universities and university of technology; together with Technical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET) colleges.

What is important, therefore at this stage, is the unity of the working class youth both: employed, unemployed, in high schools and at post school institutions as we move towards the 2016 Local Government Elections. Their unity must not be optional and it must be a continuation of the working class struggles of service delivery, houses and sanitation led by the South African Communist Party (SACP), and the Civil Rights Movement (Ses'khona) with the same tempo.

As we rebuild the ANCYL in the Metro, we need to fully participate in the peoples' struggles and unite the youth sidelined in the City of Cape Town's Youth Development Policy. Our urgent task amongst others should be to make a call that the DA must scrap the Youth Development Policy of the City of Cape Town, because this policy is an insult and a detriment to young people's development and their struggle for economic freedom.

The policy originates in wrong direction about young people in Cape Town and the challenges they face. It simply focuses on challenges of the social order and therefore the assumption is that, once those are resolved then the youth is at Christmas Party. It also makes a lazy argument that 50% of the youth in Cape Town, between the ages of 15 to 24 are unemployed and chooses to remain silent about the youth between the ages of 25 to 35.

The DA is deliberately ignoring these youths because it wants us to focus on drugs, alcohol abuse and gangsterism as major challenges and forget about the youth locked up at Institutions of Higher Learning such as: University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and University of Western Cape (UWC) who are taking active steps to better their lives by expanding their knowledge and building their capacity to be meaningful role players in the labour market and participate in the economy fully. The youth that DA has deliberately ignored is mostly aged 19 to 24 and perhaps even up to 26 years or more (those who are pursuing Postgraduate studies because they are not employed by the City of Cape Town, Western Cape government and white capital).

The DA is fully aware that this youth is ready to contest its white minority youth on skills, knowledge and zeal to succeed in the economy. Most of these young people are studying courses that are at the centre of DA's economic structure and how it should be driven.

The economic structure of Cape Town is service driven, through finance, real estate and business services which make up 37% of the economic activity, followed by wholesale and retail trade at 15% and transport, storage and communications making up 11%. Then the rest is various creative industries, which the DA cannot account for.

The policy wants us to ignore the role of the working class youth brains at UCT dominating in BCom Accounting, BCom Economics, Marketing, and Business Sciences. The reason the DA wants us to forget about that youth, it is because it is on par and sometimes advanced than the white minority youth of the capitalist order at Deloitte, KPMG, Alan Gray, Ernst & Young who are serious contributors to the 37% of the economic activity and the youth studying Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Management which will then make up 15% of the wholesale and retail trade at Pick n Pay, Makro, Shoprite, etc.

The DA's policy is equally silent about tomorrow's engineers at CPUT, who will contest the digging of oil in the shores of the Cape Seas and the habour. The policy is not indicating that African engineers must be considered for permanent and senior employment by Group 5, Murray & Roberts, SA Five Engineers and all other capitalist engineering organs.
Also ignored are the future legal brains pursuing legal studies at UWC, which will in the future assist the poor people whose land was taken without compensation at District 6 and other areas, are ignored by this policy. The DA policy wants us to forget about these young legal minds, so that when they arrest young people for protesting for their human rights, young people will be hopeless on representation.  It does not want us to know that legal minds must be utilized in assisting with legal interpretation- and correct articulations of land reform and land redistribution to Africans in particular and blacks in general.

It is only the ANC government that can account for that youth capable of contesting the economy of Cape Town because in the struggle for access to and success in education, National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allocation for students in Cape Town has increased from R 200 million to R 500 million for all three universities, under the administration of President Zuma. The DA is not recognizing the role of Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) and the National Skills Fund (NSF) because it has chosen to deny the working class youth the opportunity of succeeding in life. Hence the department of higher education and training has decided to intervene with bursaries and learnerships through various SETA's and a partnership with all the TVET colleges in the Metro.

In fact, without sounding racially incorrect in the context of Cape Town, the DA's Youth Policy seeks to perpetuate the ideals of apartheid by stupidly saying the only youth in Cape Town is the youth caught up in gangsterism and drug abuse that we know confronts the coloured communities mostly rather than the than black communities.

The interventions brought by this policy are social interventions that seek to motivate the youth to focus on sports, arts and culture, not on skills development which will make them equal to their white counterparts. Even though it focuses on social interventions but the sport transformation which has an ability to deliver economic freedom to gifted youngsters is also not brought forward. 

This lazy policy of the DA is demonstrating to the rest of South Africa that, it does not want to comply with the South African policies on youth development because all it seeks to do is to defend the interests of the white minority youth employed in the private sector. The policy does not advise how the DA will push private capital in making sure that it employs African and coloured youth in its companies. 

The DA's policy, prefers to acknowledge the Western Cape Education Department which wanted to close down 16 schools, instead of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)., The DHET has increased the NSFAS allocation for youth in Cape Town institutions, particularlyTechnical and Vocation Education and Training (TVET) colleges, from R 31 422 000 in 2009 to more than R 120 000 000 in 2012 and funded more than its target of 550 000 students. However the DA doesn't want to acknowledge that reality and applaud the government the ANC.

It is therefore our responsibility as the working class youth to reject this DA Youth Development Policy and advance policy arguments that will be in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) together with all progressive pieces of legislature such as the White Paper on Post-School Education and Training and the Youth Accords, which are very clear on what must happen in addressing the challenges of youth.

We must mobilize and unite young people under the banner of Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) and further reject the DA's policy because the DA refused to participate in the Presidential Provincial Youth Indabas organized the Department of Economic Development, South African Youth Council (SAYC) and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA).

(Sive Madala Gumenge is a member of the ANCYL Dullah Omar Regional Task Team [responsible for Education]).

The contents and views expressed in HLOMELANG do not necessarily reflect the policies and positions of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL).