The 25 May 2018, is not just an ordinary day for the YCLSA.This is a very important day in the political calendar of the Young Communist League of South Africa and the struggle for socialism. This is the 96th Anniversary of the Young Communist League of South Africa. It is important to note and acknowledge that it is not easy to establish a particular date that marks the birth of an idea. Amongst young and old communists, a debate might arise about the actual date of the establishment of the YCLSA or even the SACP itself.
Ideas usually take shape through a process that may not be obvious and which may involve theoretical reflection, social practice, definition and seizing the moment. But, if any one day or a moment, in the history of the struggle for socialism through over 96 years had to be chosen to show particular clarity the concept that capture the essence of the communists experience across the globe will be and always be the establishment of the YCLSA on 25 May 1922.
History teaches us to understand the present. History shows us how things came to be what they are. We ourselves are part of history by virtue of being 96 years in existence and being today part of the YCLSA 96th Anniversary celebration.
History shows us that change is always happening and we ourselves should expect change. Things tomorrow certainly won't be the same as they are today and hence we say yesterday is too late, tomorrow is too late and we want socialism in our life-time.
As we celebrate our 96th Anniversary on 25 May 2018, we are encouraged and guided by what the communist leader of Chinese revolution Cde Mao Zedong said addressing the Youth Union in China "study on one hand and recreation, rest and sleep on the other should both receive adequate attention. Therefore the youth must study, sleep, work and play"
If we look at what Chairman Mao, political guidance to the youth and the conditions of the youth in our country the conclusion is that this political guidance is not possible. It is not possible as young people are ravaged by unemployment, poverty and inequality.
WHO ARE WE?
Comrades, it is paramount important as we celebrate our 96th Anniversary, we remind comrades about the obvious as the obvious might not be obvious. Allow me to remind you comrades, who are we.