Mandleni / Matleng:
12 March 2011
The struggle to defend the IFP from any form of
opportunism continues. The battle for the survival of the IFP continues.
To believe this war ended when the disgruntled group of IFP members
decided to leave and form their No Future Party is tantamount to
selling the soul of the IFP. SADESMO remains committed to the course
of the Party and shall continue defending the Party at all costs
even if it means putting our lives at risk.
Over the past two years, the IFPYB has found
itself embodied in a messy predicament, when its calls for change
and transformation were opportunistically hijacked by the then
disgruntled and power hungry members of the Party, which resulted to
the birth of a splinter party.
It is for this reason that SADESMO calls for all
IFPYB members to participate fully in this conference and make right
what went wrong and chart a way forward.
It is imperative, crucial and indispensable that
as young people we learn from our mistakes and use them as terms of
reference in ensuring that we do not repeat the same blunder again.
As the affiliate of the IFPYB, SADESMO unambiguously and
unequivocally called for the utilization of Party structures to
discuss the issues of the Party from the beginning of the ructions
till now. One can only hope that delegates will utilize this
relevant platform during discussions.
We also wish to extend our wishes and gratitude to
the outgoing NEC under the leadership of Cde Pat Lebenya-Ntanzi,
who has led the IFPYB with exemplary leadership and diligence,
particularly during the recent turmoil. The IFPYB is still standing
firm today because of comrades like Nhlanhla Hadebe, Mkhuleko
Hlengwa, Jabulani Sibiya, Ayanda Khuboni, Nokuphila Zulu, Sbusiso
Phakathi, Xolani Ngwezi and many others who endure all sorts of
insults for the course of the Party. We thank you comrades for
standing the storms and swimming against the tide.
I call upon all delegates to behave properly
during the conference and participate fully in all the deliberations
and most importantly, to elect a leadership collective that will
take the IFPYB to greater heights and stand for the party through
thick and thin even if it mean swimming against the tide. We are pleased and honoured by the opportunity
that will be afforded to us to lead the Education Group Discussion
at this conference. This will allow us to align our policy positions
with those of the IFPYB.
In closing, I wish to assure this conference that
SADESMO remains the affiliate of the IFPYB and that will never be
changed. We have defeated the rebels who wanted to hijack SADESMO in
order to advance their dirty agendas and the formation of a new
student's organization was a sign of defeat. Our duty now, with the
aid the IFPYB, is to rebuild our branches and deal accordingly with
those who violate our constitution as did against hooligans like
Let us rise up and point direction as the youth. We
are the first line of defence for the Party. Let us continue
defending the IFP without any expectations of gain. Let us bring
light to the lost generation.
Let us do everything possible to lead the IFP
Campaign in the up-coming local government elections.
Contact: Ntuthuko Majozi, 073 204 1493.