Slovo honoured in Right to Learn project

Joe Slovo of the South African Communist Party. Pic: Robert  Botha. 07/05/90. © Business Day.
Joe Slovo of the South African Communist Party. Pic: Robert Botha. 07/05/90. © Business Day.

The Young Communist League (YCL) will tomorrow launch a Right to Learn campaign in memory of Joe Slovo.

The Young Communist League (YCL) will tomorrow launch a Right to Learn campaign in memory of Joe Slovo.

YCL spokesman Castro Ngobese said the purpose of the campaign was to draw the attention of all interest groups in education to ensure a smooth school re-opening programme.

"Slovo was a thinker who reigned supreme in the galaxy of many working class and communist heroes that the ANC-South African Communist Party (SACP) alliance produced," Ngobese said. "He was a selfless and dedicated communist, a fighter par excellence for the working class and the poor."

Schools in inland areas open on Wednesday.

"We call on the government and the Department of Education to honour Slovo in a befitting manner by ensuring that learning and teaching institutions are opened without any financial obstacles," he said.

Ngobese said Slovo knew that a better life for the people meant three basic things: shelter, affordable health care and quality education.

"The challenge is to empower the youth with education, skills and opportunities, and not through patronage," he said.

He said the campaign would help administrators ensure effective and speedy registration.

The SACP yesterday also commemorated Slovo's death, it said.

Slovo was the chairman and general-secretary of the SACP and a former commander of uMkhonto we Sizwe who served in the fight against apartheid.

Commemorations followed the ANC's 52nd national conference where it was decided that economic transformation needed to be accelerated for the benefit of the overwhelming majority of South Africans, the party said. - Sapa

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