Youth league looks to the future

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Economic freedom must be the goal – Satyi

THE distortion of facts by the white liberal media was part of deliberate propaganda to weaken and capture the ruling ANC, national executive committee (NEC) member Mbasa Satyi said during the launch of the Robert Resha detachment volunteers in Cofimvaba on Friday. Satyi said members of the league had to take lessons from the life of Solomon Mahlangu.

“At 23 he sacrificed everything and dedicated his life to the emancipation of his people.

He knew participation in the struggle for the liberation of the black people could lead to his death.”

He said the volunteers may not see the fruits of their struggle, but the next generation would.

YOUNG AT HEART: The ANC Youth League launched the Robert Resha youth volunteers detachment in Cofimvaba, with, from left, national executive committee member Mbasa Satyi and provincial working committee member Sinethemba Godongwana leading proceedings Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA
YOUNG AT HEART: The ANC Youth League launched the Robert Resha youth
volunteers detachment in Cofimvaba, with, from left, national executive committee member Mbasa Satyi and provincial working committee member Sinethemba Godongwana leading proceedings Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

“As the ANCYL we must remind the ANC that the liberation of our people means nothing without economic freedom.”

The league had to jealously guard the ANC and make it a strong organisation that would stand the test of time.

He said members of the league had to recruit young people who would turn into activists. The ANCYL needed to strengthen the ANC while championing the needs of the young.

“What led to the NEC dealing with Thabo Mbeki was the distortion of facts by the white liberal media. This is part of the deliberate agenda to capture and weaken the ANC.”

Satyi was addressing about 500 members of the youth league in preparation for the local government elections on August 3.

Present at the launch were ANC regional executive committee member and Emalahleni council speaker Nolitha Lali, provincial working committee member Sinethemba Godongwana and regional executive committee member Zola Ncizinyathi.

League regional secretary Mzoxolo Peter said the league had a responsibility to mobilise young people behind the ANC banner.

Resha was born in Bolotwa in 1920 and spent most of his life furthering the aims of the ANC. “As this generation we inherited a revolutionary programme from people like Robert Resha. We must ensure the ANC stays in power and continues to change people’s lives.”

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