9 September 2013
The South African Students Congress (SASCO) sends revolutionary and best wishes to our reliable ally, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL), on the occasion of its 69th Anniversary. ANC YL's 69th Anniversary is the most appropriate moment for our ally to reaffirm its unwavering commitment to the Freedom Charter objectives.
The formation of the ANCYL in 1944 represented a new epoch in the body politics of the movement and the struggle against colonial domination and national oppression. It was the beginning of militant politics and signalled an end to the politics of soft diplomacy as espoused by the ANC leadership then.
Today we pay tribute to the founding generation of the ANC YL, among others: Ashby Mda, Antony Lembede, Mxolisi Majombozi, Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Congress Mbatha, David Bopape, William Nkomo, Walter Sisulu and many others who dedicated so much time and energy in the struggle against national oppression.
The ANCYL has made immeasurable contributions in building a democratic, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa. These efforts date back from the Defiance Campaign, the formation of uMkhonto wesizwe and the recent October 2011 mass action against white monopoly capital in South Africa.
The ANC YL must use this occasion to critically reflect on the state of our revolution today as led by the ANC. We must be concerned about the persistent challenges of poverty, unemployment and poverty in South Africa today. We must continue with the call for nationalisation of commanding heights of the economy and demand an egalitarian development path.
SASCO wishes the ANC YL all the best in its efforts to rebuild and renew itself. We hope that they will use the 69th Anniversary to expedite this process and produce class conscious and Marxist-Leninist young activists who will take the class struggle forward. White monopoly capital remains the principal enemy of our revolution. Build Socialism Now!!!
Happy 69th Anniversary to the African National Congress Youth League!
For more information:
Ngoako Selamolela, SASCO President, 076 333 9127
Themba Masondo, SASCO Secretary General, 079 199 3421