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YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE OF SOUTH AFRICA, PRESS STATEMENT, 25 October 2006



ADDRESS BY THE NATIONAL SECRETARY OF THE YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE TO THE ONCE – OFF CREDIT AMNESTY FOR BLACKLISTED YOUTH BY THE CREDIT BUAREAUX!



1. There is no other way befitting than this mass action to salute and pay homage to the generation of 1944 and celebrating the 62 glorious fighting years of this gallant youth organisation, the ANC YL.

2. As the YCL we salute the courage and commitment that has been showed by the leadership of the ANC YL in confronting and challenging the socio- political and economic pitfalls, underpinned by the nature of the South African economy and the developmental trajectory of our country that is premised on market forces.

3. As the YCL we want to state that the South African revolution is in the hands of our class enemies – the bourgeoisies. The Bourgeoisies have been having a free lunch over the past twelve years of our democracy, accumulating and accumulating without taking into cognisance the fundamental interests of the working class and the vast majority of our people.

4. We are pleased as the YCL that the ANC YL, an YL of a ruling Party (ANC) has taken a revolutionary and a conscious decision to demand once-off credit amnesty for the youth in particular and the poor people of our country. We are convinced that through its political muscle and influence its will be able to convince government and the ANC to support this noble demand of young people through legislation and strategic political interventions.

5. If our ANC led government granted amnesty to those who tortured, killed and butchered our brothers and sisters for fighting for the freedom we now enjoy today. The freedom that was shed through the blood of Solomon Mahlangu, Andrew Zondo, Ruth First and countless other youth activists.

6. The implications of being blacklisted are that less chances of employment; lack of access to finance for participation in the mainstream economy through youth co-operatives, SMME’s. Therefore it makes no sense that after paying your debts one still remains in the system

7. The financial institutions should act responsibly when granting credit to the people. The 2010 World Cup is beaconing, and young people will not be accorded the opportunity to contribute to the hosting of a successful World Cup if there still trapped by the system of blacklisting.

8. That freedom and democracy is worthless if our people and the youth in general still continue to suffer as a result of the exploitive system of Capitalism which has acquired a new human face.

9. Equally the captains of the financial institutions must grant once-off credit to the struggling majority of our youth in particular and the country in general. Our freedom and democracy will be fruitless if the vast majority of our people are still trapped in the gallows of poverty and underdevelopment as a result of the continued blacklisting of our people.

10. In line with our 10 Youth Demands as encapsulated in the Defiance Campaign; and without sounding more radical and revolutionary.

11. As the YCL we call for the total implementation of the clause of the Freedom Charter that says; “The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the Banks and monopoly industries shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole”

12. We unapologetically and without begging call for the creation of jobs for the youth; and an end to casualisation. Over the past years of our freedom and democracy our economic growth strategies have been job shedding.

13. This has resulted in the majority of our people being consigned to poverty and hunger. As the YCL we call on big business to create secure and permanent jobs for us to enable ourselves to enjoy the fruits of our freedom and democracy.

14. As young people and YCL in particular we want simple things; and we don’t want ASGISA, GAUTRAIN, COEGA because they are all luxurious for our liking and development.

15. That’s the Bottomline cos’ YCL says so!


AMANDLA! SOCIALISM IN OUR LIFETIME WITH AND FOR THE YOUTH!


For more information contacts:

Castro Ngobese
YCL Spokesperson
Mobile: 082 567 3557
Tel: 011 339 3621
E-mail: castro@ycl.org.za

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