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SWAPO PARTY YOUTH LEAGUE SOLIDARITY MESSAGE



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DELIVERED BY
DR. ELIJAH NGURARE,
SECRETARY OF THE SWAPO PARTY YOUTH LEAGUE (SPYL) 
ON THE OCCASION OF THE 24TH NATIONAL CONGRESS OF ANCYL, MIDRAND, JOHANNESBURG, 16-20 JUNE 2011
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Comrade Julius Malema, President of the ANCYL,
Delegates and fellow international guests,
Comrades and fellow young Africans,

Before I deliver our Solidarity Message, allow me to convey our deepest condolences to the family of the legendary freedom fighter of the South African revolution, the late Comrade Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. May Her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace and may her legacy live on forever, within the present and future South Africans. Above all, may her illustrious and heroic life inspire the present generations of young women in South African to champion women empowerment in our lifetime.

Allow me further to avail of this opportunity to congratulate the ANC for your resounding victory  in the recent Local Government Elections. As a sister party, SWAPO Party and its youth wing celebrate when ANC and its youth wing celebrates.

In the same vein, we also pause to honour and salute the youth of South Africa as you commemorated the 35st Anniversary of the 1976 Student uprising which ignited student resistance in Namibia under the umbrella of the progressive Namibian National Students Organisation (NANSO). It is through the sacrifices of the youth of South Africa that Africans commemorate the Day of the African Child on 16th June annually.

 

Dear Comrades,

On the occasion of the 24th National Congress of the ANCYL, the SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) extends its warmest congratulations to you members, delegates and leaders of the progressive and vibrant, ANCYL as you convene to deliberate and take decisions on pertinent matters of national interest to the growth and development of your vibrant youth movement in South Africa.

As we all know, the SWAPO Party and the ANC as former liberation movements shared trenches during the liberation of our respective countries and for the freedom of our peoples. Our two respective ruling parties also shared trenches with other sister parties in the region namely MPLA of Angola, FREELIMO of Mozambique, ZANU-PF of Zimbabwe in the bitter struggle to end political oppression in our sub-region. Indeed, our struggle was facilitated and made easier by the all round support  rendered by the then TANU of Tanzania now known as Chama Cha Mapinduzi and UNIP of Zambia who gained independence early in the sixties. Today we are a politically free peoples but the vestiges of colonialism are not completely uprooted from our countries and from our minds through self-imposed cultural imperialism.
Therefore, the ANCYL and other youth wings of the former liberation movements must share ‘modern’ trenches in the new struggle for genuine economic empowerment, youth empowerment and in particular rural development all across Africa. We must, as the youth of Africa remain unwavering, uncompromising and patriotically stubborn against attempts of neo-colonialism masquerading as agents of democracy on our continent. We must adopt a common position and a shared vision under the umbrella of anti-imperialist solidarity on our terms. We must demand that every resource and all mineral wealth of Africa must benefit the African people especially the youth and this must of necessity include the ownership of mines.
It is our belief that the leadership of the ANC Youth League under Comrade Julius Malema has been very vocal on the above in the interest of all the youth of South Africa: those who are unemployed, those who are in shanty towns, those who are caught in the prisons of capitalism and those who are in villages of your vast land. We congratulate you Comrade Malema for your steadfastness in articulating the need for economic freedom in the lifetime of the present young people of South Africa.

Finally, there is no doubt that your Congress will deliberate/discuss matters pertaining to the adoption of key policy documents and the election of your new leadership in an atmosphere which is devoid of acrimony, rancour and bitterness. It is our further expectation that all aspirants would conduct themselves in a manner that would always place the interest and internal cohesion of the ANCYL above their own. This is the lesson we wish to learn from the oldest liberation movement in Africa, the ANC of South Africa and its youth league. Seize upon the revolutionary words of Comrade Nelson Mandela: “Unite, Mobilise, and Fight on”. This message must serve as “revolutionary padkos” to all the delegates who attended this historic 24th National Congress of the ANCYL; take this message to all provinces of South Africa, “Unite, Mobilise and Fight on” for economic freedom in Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Limpopo, North West Province and Western Cape. We wish you a successful and fruitful Congress.

Viva the ANC of South Africa, Viva SWAPO Party of Namibia, Amandla, Ngawethu,

I thank you very much