Speech by YCLSA National Secretary, Cde Mluleki Dlelanga, on the occasion of the burial of Cde Wandile 'Manqasha' Ngubeni
By Cde Mluleki Dlelanga
Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, Sunday May 15, 2016
"Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere. The ceremony of innocence is drowned; the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity" William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming
Firstly as the Young Communist League of South Africa [Ufasimba] would like to once again offer our most heartfelt condolences to the Family of Cde Manqasha. As the YCLSA we are not here to mourn Cde Manqasha but to celebrate a life well lived. We are here to honor a young man who dedicated his life to the betterment of society at large.
We would like to start by saying Cde Manqasha was a member and a leader of the YCLSA in this District of Emalahleni as such he was our District Chairperson. He was the number two fighting soldier for socialism in this District of Emalahleni. Our soldier, Cde Manqasha had fallen in the battle. Cde Manqasha has been a fighting soldier for socialism whose life has been filled with heroic and glorious deeds during his time in the YCLSA.
While many young people these days are pre-occupied by life of opulence and materialism, Cde Manqasha was steadfast in ensuring that as the human race we build a socialist world. Our only regret is that he had only one life to give to the struggle to build a socialist world. Thanks to the family of Cde Manqasha, for borrowing us Cde Wandile Ngubeni, and we say thank you because he was a selfless person in nature and character, and he put the struggle before his own livelihood.
His unassuming character shall forever be etched in our memories and it is our duty that his memory shall live on forever for future YCLSA members to know about this giant who walked amongst us. Rosa Luxemburg once said "History is the only true teacher, the revolution the best school for the proletariat". Cde Manqasha was an ardent student of Karl Marx, Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Antonio Gramsci and Franz Fanon. He studied all the historical texts of these great revolutionaries because he understood that without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement. It is in the movement where he cut his teeth and was groomed as a young man who stood firmly for social change.
Cde Manqasha as we all know dedicated his life to building and advancing the work of the Progressive Youth Alliance [PYA]. The PYA consist of the African National Congress Youth League [ANCYL], the Congress of South African Students [COSAS], the South African Students Congress [SASCO], and us the Young Communist League of South Africa [YCLSA]. He embodied what we call a "PYA Cadre"; he participated in all structures equally and ensured at all material times that a spirit of comradeship exists between all these structures. Cde Manqasha was renowned defender of the PYA and throughout his life fought against those who seek to marginalize communists, sow division in the PYA and class conscious workers.
More than ever in our movement we need comrades like Cde Manqasha whose actions we meant to unite the PYA and that the PYA tackled the issue of youth development as a unit. He did not talk left and walk right. He practiced what he preached and that can be seen in the fact that he was an office bearer of both the ANCYL and YCLSA in the region.
He was exemplary member of the PYA who strived to forge unity and was very opposed to cheap politicking. His conduct should be emulated by all PYA cadres; we should strive to be like Cde Manqasha. He did not believe in rubbishing each other through press statements but was a firmly believer of internal organizational engagement. He saw the need to close ranks as internal squabbles weakens the PYA and allows dark forces to undermine our gains.
A United, vibrant and campaigning PYA is necessitated by the harsh conditions young South Africans find themselves under. Just last week statistics SA released statistics which revealed that the rate of unemployment has risen up in the first quarter of 2016. This does not paint a good picture for young people as they constitute a large number of those who are unemployed and clearly indicate that young people in our country are burning the brunt of capitalism.
To advance a more radical phase of our transition the PYA must be combat ready and be prepared to fighting for youth development to be mainstreamed. The many challenges faced by the youth are as a result of the continuation of suffering that is faced by our parents. What this means is that there is a perpetual continuation of the cycle of poverty, the cycle of inequality and the cycle of unemployment.
Coupled with this is that many of those who are employed are suffering exploitation and earn very little to meet their material and cultural needs. If we are to break the cycle of poverty, the cycle of inequality and the cycle of unemployment these problems must be urgently addressed head on. Young people are the most affected by the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequalities.
We need to redouble our efforts in fighting the triple challenges and our attention must be directed at dismantling the white monopoly capital and defending the revolution on the attack by imperialists as Lenin once said "Imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism". We must give the enemy no quarter. We must ruthlessly and decisively deal with the political stooges of the west who are masquandering as the genuine revolutionaries who portray our movement as bad to the public. We must be ruthless and decisive on people who want to bring us back to racism, violence and anarchy.
In the same vain, we must ruthlessly and decisively deal with the political killings in the movement and root-out those who instead of engaging new ideas they kill those who bring new ideas in the movement. We call for the Alliance in the Province to convene an extraordinary Provincial Alliance Summit pointedly towards putting to an end the political killings in this Province.
Cde Manqasha stood for the socialization of the commanding heights of the economy and in his honor we as the YCLSA will be taking a campaign that will focus on calling for stringent commitment by the private sector on localized reinvestment and employment creation, especially in major industries such as mining, finance, services, manufacturing and agriculture.
This will be complimented well the decision by the SABC to start playing 90% local music across all their stations.
We must welcome the decision because it means our musicians will earn royalties and will not die as paupers. The same quota must apply to television as well; our people must no longer be subjected to cheap and non-educational American shows.
At a speech delivered at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow where Moses Kotane was buried on May 26th 1978, the oration makes mention of the qualities of a communist hero in Moses Kotane,
"In the life of every nation, there arise men who leave an indelible and eternal stamp on the history of peoples; men who are both products and makers of history. And when they pass they leave a vision of a new and better life and the tools with which to win and build it.
Moses Kotane was such a man."
We should strive at all times to be like Moses Kotane. Moses Kotane was like a Lion - courageous, just, commanding respect at all times - not demanding it. He was like a Lion, King amongst Men. We likened Cde Manqasha with Moses Kotane as he was also a lion, king amongst the men; courageous, just and always smiling.
Unfortunately today, we not only have lions and young lions in our movement, but we seem to have attracted a few young leopards as well. A leopard will look into the eyes of its prey; even watch it pass by as it sits quietly in the trees above. Then it will suddenly pounce from behind or above, grab its prey when it is not looking, drag it up to its hiding place in the trees and eat alone. The leopard comrades, is a treacherous creature. We have somehow attracted treacherous creatures into the movement of young lions. Quite unfortunate!
Che Guevara once said "I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting." To his family we want to assure you that he has not died in vain and that as the YCLSA we shall continue to fight the good fight that he died fighting. In his honor we shall continue to advance and deepen our call of socialism in our lifetime. We shall continue to work tirelessly to unite the Progressive Youth Alliance, to unite the Tripartite Alliance and the whole unification of our people. We shall continue to champion the needs and aspirations of young people in our country.
Comrades, friends, fellow South Africans we dare not let the dream of Cde Manqasha die. Let us all in unison march towards a South Africa that is void of racism, sexism, violence directed at children and women, exploitation of one class by another. Let this ordeal be a reminder that one day communism will unite the human race and there shall be dictatorship of the proletariat.
Long live the memory of Cde Manqasha!
Lala ngoxolo komanisi, uyidlalile indima yakho!!!