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Young Communist League: SACP must contest 2019 national elections

The youth wing of the SACP held its sixth plenary session of the fourth national congress this weekend.

The Young Communist League briefing media on outcomes of its 6th Plenary Session. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Young Communist League (YCL) has called on its mother body, the South African Communist Party(SACP), to contest the 2019 national elections, adding that this year's municipal results proved that the African National Congress has lost its way.

The youth wing of the SACP held its sixth plenary session of the fourth national congress this weekend.

It held a media briefing at Cosatu House in Johannesburg this afternoon.

The YCL discussed various issues including calls for free higher education, the ANC's leadership, and the 2016 municipal elections results.

The league's leadership says while they are ANC members in good standing, they are deeply concerned about the party's leadership.

Secretary Mluleki Dlelanga says the governing party is on a downward path.

"The ANC is on a negative, downward trajectory and urgent interventions are needed."



He says the SACP should be the next governing party.

"The vanguard party of the working class, that is the SACP, [should] take control of the state apparatus and fundamentally transform the current capitalist development path."

One of the young communist leagues resolutions this weekend is a call for free higher education for the poor.

It says the Fees Must Fall movement has proven that young people are not a political but concerned about the country's future.

Dlelanga says the idea of free higher education for all is highly opportunistic and regressive.

"As the YCL, we say no to zero free increments for all, and yes to zero fee for the poor. It's the sons and daughters of the poor and missing middle that bear the brunt of fee increments, not the rich."