53 Commemoration of Langa/Sharpeville day address by Sibonile Mphendukane (WC Provincial secretary)

Comrade members of the Provincial Executive Committee of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania.

Comrade militants of the revolutionary Azanian People’s Liberation Army Military Veterans Associations.

oNozala bethu kwi Pan Africanist Women’s Organization.

Protocol observed.

Comrade members of the Provincial Executive Committee of the Pan Africanist Youth Congress of Azania and the National leadership that grace this event.

Comrade members of the Provincial Executive Committee of the Pan Africanist Student Movement of Azania and its national leadership.

Protocol observed.

Comrade Members of the New Black Panther Party from the United States of America.

Our beloved comrades in arms of the ZANU PF in the landed Zimbabwe.

Sons and daughters of the soil,

Ladies and gentlemen, all protocols observed.

It was exactly 53 years ago that the people of Langa, Sharpville and all across South Africa answered Mangaliso Sobukwe’s clarion call that they will no longer be carrying a dompas in the land of their birth.

We stand here today to commemorate their gallant will to put a stop to their dehumanization in the face of apartheid laws. We stand here to salute the martyrs who understood that a few shall die so that the many shall live. That is what the struggle meant then and what it means today.

This was the most obvious illustration of the truth that when people stand up, counter-revolutionary forces tremble. That is why the march 21, in 1960 greatly contributed to accelerating the process of political clarification in our country, reaching a level where the masses made an important leap in their understanding of the situation.

It was a time where revolutionary theory was realized through action.

Indeed niyisibane sethu maqhawe ase Azania ukufa Kwenu Akusayi kulityalwa.

Of course, we can come here and sing praises to their advances against the enemy, because it is a fitting tribute.  But we know that revolutionaries do not make a habit of being praise singers that is a practice reserved for reactionaries, enemies of progress and cabals hell-bent in distorting the truth.

But for us, the youth of Azania. Such an occasion is an opportunity to reflect and introspect our position as trustees of the revolutionary ideals as espoused by the founding fathers of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania.

To sum up the essential questions that must be posed, where have we come from? And where are we going? Those are the questions of the moment that demand a clear, resolute and unequivocal answer from us if we wish to march boldly and carry our revolutionary mandate.

In 1994 we saw the apartheid administration replaced by a neo-colonial administration identical to it in every aspect. The apartheid army was replaced with an army with same characteristics. So were the police, so was the bantu education, which all pursue the same goals of alienating the children our country and reproducing surrogates to further imperial interests, secondarily to serve imperialist lapdogs.

We know all of this. That is why we have marikana, lenasia, de doorns and many others. Our people are the most humiliated and yet, they are the ones, through their labor, create wealth for this country. What is our position in their plight?

We seat in a quagmire where estimations say that 700 000 graduates are unemployed and yet day in and day out we are sold meaningless slogans of “education is the key to success”, what success? Where?

We have also observed a situation, a horror of the young, where for the past 3 years our young brothers and sisters are turned back in institutions of higher learning because they are full. What will happen to the hopes and aspirations of these young people?

Our role as the youth of Azania today is to restore the dignity of our people. To forge ties with the masses of our people and to remind them of their birth right to self-determination. We have seen how prone we are to excuses when it is time to leave our much liked ideological comfort zones for the pragmatics of the theory.

Perhaps failure to realize this revolutionary obligation is tantamount to the betrayal of the ideals of men and women, on whose thinking we have taken our fire to pursue the path to total liberation of our people and the birth of a new afrikan man, the birth of Azania.

Some of us believe slavery ended long ago, but the events in De doorns were a rude awakening to us. Perhaps, it is worth noting that slavery never ended, instead in has reproduced. For example, in slavery our ancestors were auctioned based on the muscles and as per the task the slave master wanted. In our times, CV’s are our own means of showing our muscles as per the desires of the employer for the same purpose as that of a slave master.

It is said, in the revolutionary theory, as demonstrated by our founding fathers, that a revolution is fashioned among the people, with the people, for the people. This is achieved through inspiring confidence and admiration of the masses. We are not short of references for this, Sobukwe did it in Azania, Nyerere in Tanzania, Amilcar Cabral in Guinea Bissau, Agastinho Neto in Angola, Thomas Sankara in Burkina Faso, Patrice Lumumba in Congo.

All these leaders hated the school master approach of dictating what the masses must do and when; the idea that the masses owe obedience to them was non-existent. One must demonstrate complete faith in the masses and respect the masses. What we must do is to strive to have our actions match our words and watch our social behaviour so as not to open ourselves to counterrevolutionaries who lie in wait.

One does not make a revolution because they want fame, praise and adoration. One does not make a revolution for vindictive reasons driven by a deep desire for a privileged position. The revolution is not for careerist with their acidic counterrevolutionary opportunism.

Our sense of responsibility as young people must follow from an increase in the sense of responsibility towards the people and seek to inspire respect and admiration from the masses through our deeds. Umomo wahlulwa egeneva.

 We must be one with the people, and immerse ourselves in the study of revolutionary theory. This deepens our knowledge and understanding of our conditions.

If we desire the revolution, we must know that the world we live in is not revolutionary. We must live with the realities that are not our liking. We have to live with a government that is not making a revolution easy at all. This is a big responsibility that we must embrace. We must know that right now, among us, there are people whose sole purpose here, is to observe what is being said and will go to report back to their handlers. These are the realities we must contend with and accept.

To relent from the pursuits of all that fell in battle for the total liberation of this country would be a negation of everything being done here today and everything done yesterday.

We inherited the language of truth; a truth that is direct and forthright with sincerity not found easily.

A revolution is not portable, nor can it be imported from elsewhere. A revolution will not come with a tag “made in China” because an ideological choice cannot be imposed. We must strive to make the revolution known, so that people stop fearing it as dangerous. So that people see it as a necessity.

There are many of us who understand that our existence must be devoted to the revolution and the struggles of our people. But what we lack is the action based approach. We must not confuse strategies with tactics, as of now, this moment, we must conceive programs that are based on tactical responses to take the masses to our revolutionary mandate.

We understand our struggle is to first build. To build means we must understand that the basic principle of unity lies in difference. If there was no difference, it would not be necessary to unite; even the question of unity would be irrelevant. We must understand our differences and our sameness in the differences.

We must recognize the fact that we have working/employed people versus the unemployed. We have the old versus the young, we have the unfortunate issue of social classes, what we need is to bring these different economic positions, and religious beliefs together, to harmonize them. Unity is also a means to an end, not an end. Fostering unity, and cultivating political and ideological tolerance is only the beginning. As Cabral puts it “unity is a means towards a struggle, as with all means, a little goes a long way”.

The significance of our struggle is not only in respect to overthrowing all forms of imperial domination, it is also in respect to ourselves. Anyone who fails to grasp this does not understand our struggle.

Once again let me remind you sons and daughters of the soil that the pursuit of the struggles has no time frame. Let me state that we are not ones who romanticize the struggle with theory and rhetoric. Perhaps it is important, that we challenge ourselves, that when we meet next year. We would tell the martyrs that fell here and the survivors of the massacre that we have made inroads in pursuing their revolutionary ideals with practical examples

Let us, as the young of the vanguard movement of Azania take it upon ourselves, with the revolutionary guidance of the elders to march with vigour towards attaining the objectives of the Pan Africanist Movement.

Let us make a promise, that in our lifetime, Azania will be born. That the dignity of Africans will be restored. Let that be the guiding belief and our purpose in this lifetime. We will not relent, we will not fear sacrifice, we will not fear victimization because those come with the pursuit of revolutionary ideals.

Victory is certain with total commitment.

Izwe lethu! IAfrika!

PAYCO WC strategic analysis workshop

The aim of the workshop is to conduct an analysis pertaining to the state of PAYCO WC. The findings of the analysis will then serve as a lanunch pad into the objective settings, which will in turn inform the drafting of the Program of Action going forward.

VENUE:  UWC SRC Boardroom
DATE: 11 May 2013 Time: 10:00 am

COURAGE. UNITY. DEVELOPMENT!

Pledging solidarity with the farm workers: Workers wars are youth wars

Once again we are tricked into believing that the farm workers’ strike is a question of unlawfulness and wrong doing. Those that control the state and the media seek to undermine the intelligence of our people by discrediting the poor workers. We support the struggle of the farm workers knowing that most of them are youth and have no one else to turn to.

It is the view of the youth of the PAC in the Western Cape (PAYCO) that the farm workers, like all the other hard labourers, have been down trodden by both the farmers and the ruling party while the government is turning the blind eye in favour of capital while the servitude of our people continues unabated. The postponement of negotiations until next year is a creation of an unnecessary Marikana situation from the government. We plead to the minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, to treat this matter as urgent, because the workers cannot wait any longer.

The actions of those in power have left us dismayed and flabbergasted as they seem to be willing to deploy SANDAF and all fancy security companies to protect their capitalist interest over the needs of our people. Our people are criminalized, vilified and victimized for daring to want a humane treatment for themselves as workers. This is post 1994 cheap labour maintenance which is nothing but slavery. We cannot allow this to continue.

We do not only support the R150 a day minimum wage for farm workers but we demand with them the following;

  1. Better working conditions,
  2. Access to the housing subsidy near their working environments,
  3. Access to the retirement fund,
  4. Access to medical services,
  5. Access to a quarter of the land they work as their own so that they can also work for themselves

Only this will guarantee a free waiver of the right to dignity for all if they do not get these demands. Until all these demands are met we maintain that the farming conditions are far worse that the dope system and slavery which was characteristics of both the Colonial and the apartheid governments.

We plead that all the youth close to the strikers must give  logistical support and all the progressive political parties, and NGO’s should understand that not only the major routes in Cape Town will be disrupted by the strikers but the livelihoods of the farm workers will suffer a lot of strain.

It is befitting for us to note and perhaps remind South Africans that at the core of the recent strikes for instance, Marikana and De dorrns, the land questions and the ownership of the means of production is still relevant. We have always maintained that “land first, all shall follow”.

 

The revolutionary voice of the youth!

 

PAYCO Western Cape

For more information please contact

Masande Mango: 0784003903

Sinethemba Mandyoli: 0736205302

We were caught pants down writes Former APLA Commander Michael Masala

Spoke of the Legacy of APLA, the armed wing of the Pan Africanist Congress. He defined legacy as the gift handed down by the predecessors. This legacy affects everyone, he had tasted liberation in Soweto. According to him the 1976 apprising’s in Soweto proved how self-determination would feel like to an African child. He warned the audience of Pseudo APLA members who claim the revolutionary movement, yet their credentials are questionable, whereas many people dream even today of the hardship they suffered away from home. Many soldiers were left behind, and their sacrifices are not recognized today. He mentioned the unnecessary deaths they encountered abroad such as from malaria, road accidents, floods, assassinations, and TB.

The price paid was heavy under the leadership of Potlako Leballo. Being tormented and still haunts you for the rest of your life, and he made reference to a poem made famous by Winston Churchill during the Second World War “how can a man die better? without fulfilling his ancestral oath’’. When cornered will turn to the hills and say some are talking about the valley of death, (referring to the camp in the valley of mountains and will say ‘’some speak of the valley of death, when they forget the valley of Keiskamahoek’’.

“We were maimed and slaughtered by the Tanzanian Peoples Defence Force, from the orders given by our leaders under the term ‘’Mutiny in the camp’’ later to cover it as a wrong message was sent, and lives were lost. 16 shot and crippled 4 dead”.

He mentioned how APLA was always a step ahead of everyone. When MK went to Algeria APLA was already coming from there. He said 1963 was the year, and the first group was trained in Egypt.

Templeton Ntantala was trained in China, his training was in the line of Commissariat that disadvantaged him from earning the respect that he deserved, trained cadres always referred to the fact that he is not militarily trained but politically training. Soldiers could not easily obey his orders since he was regarded to be a commissar and not a commander.

We had several forces trained in different countries in the continent ahead of other liberation armies in the continent, e.g.  Algeria, the group included the likes of BD, Egypt the great Ndibongo, who later became one of the great strategists in APLA, Ethiopian trained groups and their bases in the Congo.

There is also a mystery that we cannot unlock, some of us to date still have a fear of boarding the British automobile the Land rover, it has claimed lives of many of our senior and strategic leaders, Commander Ndibongo who died in the Congo in a Land Rover, Commander Phiri, Commander Sabelo Phama, not leaving behind the Zimbabwean Commander (Magama Tongogara), who was on his way to give a briefing to his soldiers of the outcome of the Lancaster negotiations.

The APLA leadership in exile adopted the two tier commander structure based on the People’s Liberation Army of China, where a Commander and a Commissar (of all units) will consider jointly any engagement decision based on the political and military point of view, although I must admit when I was appointed/promoted to a squad commander post I ask my platoon commander who has the last say in our unit, the answer was unit commander, from there onwards I assumed a full command position, when a commissar wants to say something I would suppress him because I thought (commissars talk too much politics.), Battles are always lost because of politicians.

He turned to the battle of Vila Perri, Commander Gasson  Ndlovu  leaked the  information to Chris Hani of MK(who they were friends) of the imminent infiltration via Villa Perri. When looking at the two battles Villa Perri and Wankie are around the same time period. APLA sent in a unit of 14 fighters only two survived, one captured (Thamsanqa Guma) and executed by the Portuguese Settlers in Mozambique. The other eleven were massacred. He maintained how that battle was so costly to the APLA army.

The monkey that bewitched our army is still running wild somewhere, as they say in’’ Isixhosa Impundulu yakho iyandilandela chomi’’, and the owner has lost control of it. Mr Masala maintained. He was taking this phrase from a famous Xhosa proverb which explains when a house is plagued by misfortune.

He maintained that “We were always blessed, by having the best of the best in all field of specialisation in the Army, but.” Brain-drainage, was always a drawback factor, we lost some of our best trained to MK, defectors, who could not stand the heat of hard living and stringent discipline met in our camps. Some of generals of SANDFs were groomed by APLA, e.g. Commander Lucky Ngema of  the air force, Head of JOPS Sipho Mashobane, Themba Nkabinde of Works Regiment and others that I cannot list today are the product of APLA, yet they do not mention it in their CV’s.

Accompanied by the above, APLA’s heavy artillery was exchanged or ceded and used by ZANUPF, to liberate Zimbabwe, the reason for this was the Lusaka OAU’s Liberation Committee and the front line States, (preposterous approach) to break a rock you have to concentrate the efforts on the cracks (first the Portuguese Colonies then the Anglophones) then the hard surface will be easy to deal with. This proved to have strangled the momentum of the South African war of liberation, only to be caught pants down by the secret negotiations that took place.
Beware today Imperialists have now changed forms they bear isiXhosa/Zulu or Sesotho names, and not only English, Germany, Dutch or French name. Remember that People suffered and paid the price. The spirits of those Martyrs left behind their spirits cannot rest in peace if laid in the foreign land.  If you say a prayer please say one for those families that have not seen their loved ones return home, as the others did.

To conclude please treat this legacy with honour and understanding do not take it for granted for it is made of tears and sweat and cannot be played with because it is full of blood, as our future leaders remember what we are made of.

Thank You,

Michael Masala

trnscribed by Sinethemba Mandyoli

On the eve of the formation of Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA)

51 years preceded by centuries of dissolution, uncle Tom like behavior with spontaneous revolts finally saw the formation of a formidable people’s army. With the inspiration from the Nxele’s, bhambata’s,  and blessed with the blood of the 1960s victims POQO was formed and unluckily as a response to the brutal murder of our people in march 1960.

Today we celebrate APLA’s formation to revoke the spirits of the soldiers that faced their faith on the hands of the enemy. All of Phama’s work of the Great storm was erased by the disbanding of the armed struggle. 1991 -1994 marks a series of politically unclaimed and some undocumented victories. only APLA will tell of such victories or battles.
 I maintain that no politicians have the right to claim such victories except for many guerrillas languishing in south african jails forgotten by the same politicians. Today would have marked a milestone had it not have been for the CODESA and sunset clauses. All these victories will be thrown into the dustbin of history if we don’t reignite our strengths and claim back what is rightfully ours. I assume that you all know what needs to be done? What must be done? Must we make use of endless petitions, marches, protests, and sabotaging our townships? No. If there is any sabotage it should be at the airport, golf course, private hospitals, and the parliament. But that has to be followed by a thorough and scientific army training of our forces.

We would like to celebrate the returning of our soldiers with the experience of the battles of Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and the other countries that harbored our comrades. But how do we do that without testing such experience in our home soil? We however have some serious questions we need to ask ourselves. Are the current APLA cadres that integrated still loyal to the cause? Do we need to remind you that integration to SANDF should be about serving your people not the regime? Many times you will be ordered to kill your people like in Marikana, but you must fearlessly defy such orders for one reason, that you are loyal to the people and their god Qamata.

Marikana surely proves that what happened in Sharpville was not an act of god. It shows the depts of which the ANC would go to ensure that their tuff is protected. APLA should be there to provide security to the people, and most of all we should be there to advice people against not picking their battles. But in Sharpville and Marikana it has been proven that peaceful demonstration does not work. The oppressor and his uncle Tom seems to understand only one language, and that is violence. However I will warn everyone in attendance here today that anger, excitement, and spontaneity will take us to nowhere.

Let us revisit the reason as to why this army was formed? Has it achieved that? To undertake an all out attack to the oppression system scientifically. I refer to this as a system because I believe it warrants a systematic approach of destruction not creating avoidable bloodbath. All we need to do is to hit the system where it will hurt most, hit the system in its economy.

Most of all we need not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Gukurahundu “the year of the great storm” 1993. King Williams town golf course, to Heidelberg tavern. In October 5 children killed by the SADF.

If we are to proceed with our war we should wean ourselves of anger and excitement. War should be a scientific undertaking, which implies not only military training, but study of science, philosophy, and political science.

Today we should salute the spirit of victor Gqwetha, spirit of Ntlonze regiments, Quenstown train station, Langa, Sharpville, Vilaperi, knowing that we have betrayed their cause forgetting Africa.

By Sithemba Mandyoli