On 11 May 2013 PAYCO Western Cape had a strategic workshop in UWC. This document gives the summary of the proceddings. We invited two speakers for the session, Cde Lwandile Socikwa and Cde Songezo “Mugabe” Maqula. The opening session was conducted by Cde Mugabe, who gave a brief but fluid overview of the PAC as an organization and its ideological underpinnings and influences traced back from the Manchester Pan Africanist Conference in 1945 and the 1949 Program of Action developed by the ANCYL.
A serious question emerged, namely, is the current PAC capable to lead people to total liberation and self-determination?
A second key question, that arose, was the issue of three youth component structures (PASO, PASMA, and PAYCO) are they relevant?
Some of the essential issues in need of further deliberation were as follows:
- What is the image of the PAC? How is PAC perceived, internally and externally?
- How many branches that exist? Are they active?
- How do we plan to mobilize funding and resources?
- Who do we intend to recruit as PAC, (PAYCO and PASMA)? The ideal cadre we wish to attract.
This led us to a realization that we might need an internal POA and an external POA to work simultaneously. The former, will focus of building cadreship, consolidate and build what we have. The latter, will focus on recruiting and creating awareness about PAC and PAYCO as well as advancing our programs.
Cde Socikwa covered the meaning and the importance of having a strategic plan. The main thrust of his presentation was on setting time-framed objectives for anything we embark on. It was apparent that an honest introspection, self-criticism and re-evaluation of our role both in the PAC and to the Azanian masses was much needed.
The main reason attributed to these views is premised by the fact that in order to be able to formulate practical and effective POA’s and indeed anything it is important to ask the right questions.
The recurrent theme in the discussions was the issue of the ideology of the PAC and our understanding of the PAC or lack thereof.
It came to a very thorny question, how do we position ourselves? Are we a political party or a movement? What is the difference?
Do we adopt a multi-frontal assault, meaning that do we advance the PAC ideology in every sphere that we find ourselves in (churches, schools, sport teams etc.)? And what would be our point of intersection in our respective vantage points from these various spheres? This seems like a trivial question but its implication cannot be emphasized.
All of these questions drove us into a realization of the task that awaits before us as the youth of the PAC, whom are left with the legacy to advance and Azania to liberate by the founding members of the PAC.
We the resolved that we must begin a series of sessions to first understand the PAC before embarking on a PAYCO strategy. This, it was resolved, must include PASMA members, more especially branch leaders of all their respective branches in the Western Cape. So we suggested that our program must begin with a much needed history of the PAC. We will identify and invite people to address particular themes, deliberate and engage on what they say. The bases of these engagements will be entirely based on material written about and by the PAC. I mean books, papers, basic documents and any material we can find. We welcome all suggestions of the names of cadres capable to give these sessions.
The main aspects we wish to cover are as follows:
- Analysis of the PAC’s past (Kwandiwe Kondlo – ‘In the twilight of the Azanian Revolution’: the exile history of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (South Africa): (1960-1990), Tom Lodge – Sharpeville etc.)
- An analysis of the organization (Use of the basic documents, constitution, Disciplinary Code)
- An analysis of the PAC ideology (origins and relevance then and now)
This, we hope, can answer many of our questions prior to developing a strategy to revive PAYCO and locate it in its immediate historical context and its revolutionary mandate.