Comrade Gilbert fought the people…

*WINTERFELDT IS keeping on losing its` icons in the struggle against apartheid…a few years ago we lost Ntate Sunnyboy Motshepi, Kehla Nyamakazi, Sugar Monyane, Moses Ndamane to name few on the list. Now Gilbert Mahlangu one of the pioneers about students’ rights in 1976, community rights from the ’80s until his death after a long illness. He fought for the people of Winterveldt and he never compromises when coming to making sure that this country is liberated.

Mahlangu played his role in Winterveldt, that is why a history of this township will not be complete if his name is not mentioned. When Bop regime tried to evict all Winterveldt tenants in early 90’s Comrade Gilbert was there and he stopped the mass eviction.

When more than 11 people were brutally killed, Comrade Gilbert was there and he survived the massacre to the story to the present generation. Comrade Gilbert was there in every minute when residents need him and he did not compromise when coming to defending the human rights and fighting for a better life for all.

He will be missed for his contribution to the liberation of the people of South Africa…Hamba Kahle, Mkhonto weSizwe…For comment email editor@citypost.co.za

Ke nako, vote ANC…

City Post reporter SIZWE ZWANE writes from Durban 

THE AFRICAN NATIONAL Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa told more than 100 000 people who attended annual January 8th Statement in Durban which was also the launch party’s elections manifesto that the ANC with deal with corruption and state capture.

The ANC president also honoured cadres who contributed to the liberation of South Africa with Isithwalandwe.

“During the course of our struggle for freedom, the African National Congress has bestowed its highest order, Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe, on cadres who have made an outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle,” said Ramaphosa.

Those who were honoured with Isithwalandwe are Mama Winnie, Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu, Almond Tomor, Dennis Goldberg, John Nkadimeng, Sophie De Bruin and others. 

He continues to by declaring 2019 as the year of United Action….”We will implement reforms in economic sectors that have the greatest potential to grow and create jobs.”  

“Today, we are issuing a call to all the people of South Africa, to join us as we strive to accelerate change in our country, as we strive to build an inclusive economy that creates decent jobs and as we work towards a better future for our children,” added Ramaphosa.

He concluded by saying, “Ke nako, Vote ANC”. For comment email sizwe@citypost.co.za

 

 

 

WOMEN AND YOUTH BIASED MANIFESTO MUST BE A PREREQUISITE FOR A PARTY TO BE ELECTED IN 2019 ELECTIONS.

 

By SEDIKO RAKOLOTE

STATISTICS INDICATE THAT South Africa is young and female.  According to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA) mid-year population estimate report as at July 23, 2018, there were 57.7 million people in South Africa and more than half of the population (51%) being female. The report also stated that women live, on average, six years longer than men, with a life expectancy of 67.3 years compared to 61.1 years for males. Young people between the ages of 15 to 34 years old were 20.6 million.

The post-apartheid South Africa is facing challenges of legacies of inequalities, unemployment, and poverty which most of its victims are women and youth. Around the end of 2018, the national unemployment rate was at around 27.2%.  There are different statistics on youth unemployment in South Africa. The statistics revealed in Pocket World put the country’s youth unemployment rate at 57.4% whilst the according to Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the second quarter of 2018, youth unemployment was 38.8% compared to the 17.9% rate for adults.

Despite the difference in statistics of youth unemployment, the fact remains that youth unemployment has a negative impact on the economic growth of the country. There are also other risks associated with youth unemployment which includes, but not limited to: a risk of loss of talent and skills as the young graduates are unable to find a job and put their knowledge and capabilities into contributing to economic growth; increase in social spending of the country; low income tax collection by the government etc. Youth unemployment can destabilize the safety and security of a country.

Women and girls also face social and economic marginalization in South Africa. This is caused by an entrenched system of patriarchal domination and also perpetuated by some cultural and religious beliefs. Women and girls suffer multiple forms of violence perpetrated by men in South Africa. Stats SA reported that femicide is on the rise in South Africa. According to Stats SA, the murder rate for women increased drastically by 117% between 2015 and 2016/17 and the number of women who experienced sexual offences also jumped from 31 665 in 2015/16 to 70 813 in 2016/17, which is an increase of 53%.

In South Africa, workplaces as a microcosm of societies are not immune from patriarchal domination. The employment equity report 2017/2018 indicates that across males occupy 77.1% of the top management positions and females only 22.9%. In senior management, males occupy 66.2% of the positions and females only 33.8%. Notwithstanding the achievements of the post-apartheid South African government, the statistics show that more still needs to be done to address the legacies of apartheid, colonialism, and patriarchy. The country cannot move forward whilst the majority which is women and young people are marginalized.

The right to vote is one of the fundamental rights in South Africa. Elections are platforms for the citizens to exercise their right to choose those who must represent them in National assembly/Provincial legislatures/Municipal councils. Around May 2019, South African registered voters will descend to over 22 000 independent electoral commission voting stations throughout the country to participate in the National and Provincial elections. It is a norm that before the elections, political parties will develop and launch their election manifestos and crisscross the country to lure voters. Political parties will present their manifestos to voters and plead for their votes.

Whilst it is the sole prerogative of political parties to decide on what to put in their manifestos, I think it is vital for political parties to strongly consider having gender and youth biased manifestos with practical an implementable plans to eradicate challenges faced by women and youth of our country. Challenges facing women and youth in South Africa cannot be overemphasized.

*The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the City Post. For comment email editor@citypost.co.za.

DOES THIRD POSTPONEMENT OF LIST CONFERENCE AFFIRM OUR AFFECTION TO REGRESSIVE FACTIONS?

By VANGUARD MOKWENA

*THERE IS no escaping fact that North West will not meet the deadline meant for list configuration at their expected branch confederation. To take this far, is it the fault of Provincial Task Team?

Well, one is not convinced; without another presumption, it is quite clear that in efforts to move forward, we still have few comrades who continue to ferment political chaos for obvious reasons because they believe that they are above ANC and nothing should happen without attaching their names to the peak of the process. If not so the process should be worse than useless since this should be seen as a problem that exposes PTT as lacking capacity to manage the politics of this province.

This phenomenon takes precedence from domestic interventions to affected VBS involved municipalities, not forgetting long stand marathon of court confrontations to yield the legitimacy of the PTT. However what has been a strength to all this known factional warring, strands of ANC membership by association and convictions they bolster to have connections of senior leadership across various upper structures. There will be sustained election anxiety even when North West continues to register large numbers compared to some few other provinces which benefit from this stirred chaos.

At which point are we going to define our character, positively to benefit this province? How do we get the comfort of being micromanaged by cadres from other provinces to point that even deployment doesn’t benefit NW inhabitants but those who stay in the cross borders on NW jurisdictions? At some point leaders should reignite towards one agenda of growing this province that to continue pointing fingers amongst ourselves.

Young comrades and ANCYL should not believe that they will be liberated through factional participation, with current demands of forth industrial revolution there’s much needed to be done outside parameters of dominating factions. If we are to place barometer and gauge crop of leadership surely we can boldly agree that it is a membership that fails the movement. We lack political depth, many NEC deployed make their leadership internship in this province and even empowered with resources that could be shared amongst ourselves but because we have blurred vision we fail to realize this systematic agenda.

Hey Comrades and so said leaders wake up and work in union to put the interest of this province before anything else. If not you will prefer to emerge through an ill process like what is currently happening. Surely this is a blow for our province but victorious for individuals since there will be leadership arrangements and many will be forced to dance to King Monada summer song even when they don’t like the song. I submit!

For comment email editor@citypost.co.za

 

Nothing but truth…

 

*WE ARE starting a new year and City Post has been defending the hard-earned revolution for the past 3 years and we will continue to tell the truth. Delivering news that helps to reveal nothing but the truth as our motto stated, “Telling the truth”.

This year more things will be happening in this country, we will be voting for both provincial and national governments to make sure that our country remains in good hands. We expect the intervention from the Gauteng Provincial Government in the City of Tshwane because that city is a Mickey Mouse set up. Nothing is happening especially in the townships except looting of state coffers.

The is only one organization that can make sure that our hard earned revolution is defended, by all means, the African National Congress.

 Last year the ANC won the majority of the ward by-elections around the country including in so-called democrats or DA strongholds in the Western Cape. Even Mbuzi Maimane the DA national poster boy knows that his masters’ party doesn’t stand a chance against the African National Congress.

Voting for other parties especially the DA is like pulling us back to apartheid-era years where a black man was regarded as subhuman. Voting for other parties it is like creating spoil ballot papers because they don’t stand a chance to win elections.

The City Post is endorsing the African National Congress because it is the only former liberation movement and political party that is capable of running this country and we recognize other liberation movements such as the PAC and Azapo for their contribution in our liberation.

Let’s make sure the ANC remains in power because it is delivered more than any government. National Party with the help of PFP (later DP now DA) has been in power for more than four decades but they have failed to deliver services to black people.

People of Langa, Gugulethu and other black townships in Western Cape are still living in shacks because the DA doesn’t care about a black man. The city of Tshwane is now the City of Kaka because of sewage that flows like Nile River since the DA took over.

Five kids were killed by a high mast like in Soshanguve because the DA-led administration failed to maintain them.

Other five kids were burnt inside a shack in Mamelodi because the DA-led administration in the City of Tshwane failed to provide RDP houses to the residents. We still have dusty and muddy roads because of the DA administration which is not capable of running the city.

In Gauteng, Ekurhuleni is the best performing Metropolitan municipality under the ANC administration and the City of Tshwane under the DA administration is the worst performing metropolitan city in the country.

Let’s make South Africa a better place for all by voting ANC.ANC is the only party that has managed to deliver its promises and it will keep on making this country the better place for all. Vote ANC for a better life for all. For any comment email africa@citypost.co.za