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Umsebenzi – May 2000


Deepen the unity and power of the working class
We will never allow Chris Hani to die
SACP Central Committee Statement
SACP calls for defence
Racism, class, gender and poverty in SA media
Prepare for the Strategy Conference
Fighting asbestosis and Cape PLC
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Public service workers committed to service delivery
NEHAWU Statement on the 2000/2001 Negotiations
Labour court allows discrimination - pregnant women
Maternity Benefits in South Africa
Durban - Fighting evictions & for decent housing
Mobilisation against high price of AIDS medicines
Workers of the World Unite
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20 million Workers opposes Privatisation
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May Day inEast Timor
Celebrating the Communist Manifesto
The history of International Women's Day

May Day 2000

Qina msebenzi, uzonqoba!
Deepen the unity and power of the working class!

May Day 2000 takes place in the wake of continued job losses. It also takes place against the background of unprecedented mass mobilisation and action by the workers to defend their jobs and to focus the attention of the country on the urgency to stem retrenchments and job creation.

Transforming the economy in favour of the black working class

The South African siege economy of the apartheid order needs to be restructured in order to be set on a growth and developmental path that will benefit the majority of our people. But the brunt of the restructuring of the economy has been borne only by the working class. It is neither desirable nor inevitable that it is only the working class that should shoulder the burden of the restructuring of our economy.

The working class has been subjected to widespread retrenchments, casualisation and effects of ideologically driven outsourcing, based on notions of core and non-core business. Job losses weaken the economic and political capacity of the working class. This state of affairs is leading to a highly undesirable outcome, whereby the African worker in particular seems to be set to become the least beneficiary of our transition to democracy. This is because of the reality of the relationship between the legacy of national oppression and class exploitation underpinned by gender inequalities.

On a broader political scale this means that we are indeed faced with a very real danger that the beneficiaries of our democracy will only be only a small black elite and Afrikaner capital. A democracy consolidated on the platform of such serious blows to the working class can only be a deformed democracy, likely to be unsustainable unless premised on economic restructuring that primarily benefits the working class and the poor.

The SACP is of the view that the continued crisis of unemployment is the single most important contributor to deepening poverty in sections of our society. This requires a serious re-look at our economic policies, and pose anew the question of a growth and development path for our country. In particular we need to look at the role of mobilisation of domestic capital both in the hands of the state and the private sector.

The danger of continued job losses and retrenchments is that it can damage our economy for a long time to come. Our view as the SACP is that an economy is not about factors or things, but it is essentially about human beings. One more retrenchment or job loss is already too much. That is why we have taken a decision and have actually joined organised workers in their struggles against job losses and for job creation. Our perspective is that we cannot talk about job creation without paying particular attention to job retention.

We want a transformed and job-creating economy led by an active state

We need an active state intervening in the economy. The state can and does create jobs. Public works programmes, the development and implementation of a government led industrial strategy practical examples of what the state can do.

Central to economic growth is a review of the government's economic policy so as to boost public investments and savings and provide for a basic income grant for the unemployed.

More attention needs to be paid to the promotion of co-operative and collective economic ventures. Poor peasants and small producers can then direct the economy at a local level. Banks and other financial institutions should be required to grant favourable bank rates to loans from co-operatives.

Mass struggle and mobilisation is the key

The struggle against job losses is a struggle against poverty. The struggle of the working class is therefore one and the same struggle as that of the rural and urban poor - a struggle for a better life for all.

It is important that the working class extends these struggles beyond just defending jobs.

These struggles are a basis for consolidating working class power throughout South African society.

Only a socialist South Africa will fully address unemployment, lack of housing and other needs of society. Without the planned, rational, equitable and sustainable use of our country's resources, the survival of our people is at risk. It is a socialist democracy and not the casino economy of capitalism that can fully address poverty and recurring job losses.

Build and join the South African Communist Party

The SACP is the leading political force of the South African working class.

The SACP fights for socialism and aims to build a communist society in which there will be no more exploitation.

The SACP calls on workers and the poor to build and join residential, industrial and work-place branches and units of the Communist Party. It is organised workers and the poor that have the collective numbers, strategic economic location, and the revolutionary organisational traditions to fundamentally transform our country. Workers need a strong SACP and the SACP needs revolutionary workers to fight for socialism. Therefore workers must join and build the SACP.

Put people before profits!
Build people's power!
Build Socialism Now!

Masigquggquzele sivikele imisebenzi yethu ukuze silwe nobuphofu!

Lolusuku lwabasebenzi lwe May Day 2000 lubaluleke kakhulu emzabalazweni wabasebenzi kulelizwe. Amakhomanisi alelizwe, i SACP, ayeseka ngokugcwele imizabalazo yabasebenzi. Sithi abasebenzi kanye nemiphakathi yonkana mayisukume ilwise ingwadla yokweseleka nokuphela kwemisebenzi!

Singamakhomanisi alelizwe sithi sikhathazekile ngokuthi kuleminyaka eyisithupha eyedlule sekulahleke imisebenzi engaphezulu kwamakhulu ayizinkulungwane ezinhlanu (500 000). Phezu kwalokhu kunentsha yalelizwe ephuma ezikoleni engaphezu kwamakhulu ayizinkulungwane ezintathu (300 000) minyaka yonke engakwazi ukuthola imisebenzi.

Ukulahleka kwamathuba emisebenzi kuletha indlala nobubha. Iningi labasebenzi abalahlekelwa yimisebenzi yilabo vele abaqhamuka emindenini ehluphekayo. Ukulahlekelwa ngumsebenzi kusho ukulahlekelwa yiyonanto kuphela ekwazi ukuvimbela ukuthi ikati lingalali eziko emindenini eminingi.

Kulelizwe lakithi umsebenzi ngamunye cishe wondla abantu abalinganiselwa eshumini. Lokhu kusho ukuthi izigidi ezinhlanu zabantu sebebulawa yindlala ngenxa youkulahleka kwemisebenzi kuleminyaka eyisithupha eyedlule.

Umzabalazo wokulwisa ukuphela kwamathuba emisebenzi kungumzabalazo wokulwela namalungelo abesifazane. Sonke kanye nemiphakathi yethu siyathinteka ngokulahleka kwamathuba emisebenzi. Kepha iqiniso ngukuthi ngabantu besifazane abathinteka kakhulu kulokhu. Iningi labasebenzi besifazane benza imisebenzi eqedwa kalula, ibe futhi iholela kancane. Kulelizwe abantu besifazane baswele imisebenzi ngokuphindwe kabili kunabantu besilisa.

Okunye futhi okubalulekile ngukuthi ngabantu besifazane ababhekana nengcindezi yomsebenzi wasendlini nokukhusela imindeni elahlekelwe yimisebenzi. Abantu abagulayo nezingane ezilambile zibhekwa ngabantu besifazane ekhaya. Ngakho-ke ukuzabalazela ukwakhiwa kwamathuba emisebenzi kungukuzabalazela amalungelo abesifazane.

Ukulahleka kwemisebenzi kubangelwa yinqubo yogimbelakwesabo (capitalism).

Inqubo yogimba yakhelwe phezu kwesisekelo sokuxhashazwa kwabasebenzi. Inhloso ephambili kongxiwankulu ngukwenza inzuzo. Ongxiwankulu abayikhathalele impilo ephilwa ngabasebenzi nemiphakathi yabo, kuphela nje uma benze inzuzo eningi. Kungakho ogimbelakwesabo bediliza abasebenzi kangaka. Kungakho futhi imisebenzi eminingi, njengokushanela, nokupheka kukhishwa ezimbonini nasezindaweni eziningi zokusebenza kunikezelwe abanye ongxiwankulu, bese abasebenzi belahlekelwa yimisebenzi, kuthi abasalayo bahole kancane, bangabi nampesheni kanye namanye amalungelo abasebenzi.

Kungakhoke ngalemizabalazo yethu kufanele silwise inqubo yogimbelakwesabo (capitalism) qobo lwayo. Uma amandla ezomnotho elokhu esezandleni zedlanzana imisebenzi iyoqhubeka ilahleka.

Imigomo yezomnotho nohwebo kufanele ibhekwe kabusha

Inzuzo nenzalo yemali etshelekwayo iphezulu kakhulu kulelizwe lakithi. Kungakho kulukhuni kubasebenzi abaningi ukuba batshelekwe izimali ukuze bakwazi ukufeza izidingo zabo, njengokwakha izindlu ezingcono abazohlala kuzo. Lokhu kwenza abasebenzi bazithole bexhashazwa ngomashonisa.

Okunye okwenzekile kwezomnotho ngukwehliswa kwentela ezimpahleni eziqhamuka emazweni angaphandle. Lokhu sekuholele ekutheni kube nezimpahla eziningi ezivela emazweni angaphandle ezidayiswa ngaphakathi ezweni lethu ngenani eliphansi kakhulu. Lokhu sekudale ukuthi izimboni ezikhiqiza izimpahla zakulelizwe zilahlekelwe yizimali eziningi, okuholela ekulahlekeni kwemisebenzi, ikakhulukazi ezimbonini zikakotini kanye nalezo ezikhiqiza izimpahla zokugqoka.

Kanjalo nongxiwankulu bakulelizwe abazifaki izimali kulezozimboni ezizoletha amathuba emisebenzi. Kuphela nje bafaka izimali kulezozimboni eziqasha abasebenzi abambalwa, kusetshenziswe nemishini kakhulu, ukuze ongxiwankulu benze inzuzo eningi.

Ziningi izinto ezinhle esezenziwe yilohulumeni kaKhongolose, njengokufakela abantu ugesi, amanzi, imitholampilo, kanye namathuba angcono kwezemfundo. Kufanele sikuhalalisele lokhu, futhi sikusimamise. Sesithathe namagxathu abalulekile ekuqiniseni isisekelo senqubo yombuso wentando yeningi. Kepha konke lokhu kusengozini uma ngabe sisalahlekelwa yimisebenzi kangaka. Umbuso wentando yeningi qobo lwawo usengozini uma ngabe indlala iya ngokwanda. Akukho mbuso wentando yeningi oyosimama uma ngabe isimo sezomnotho singaguquki ukuze senze ngcono impilo kubasebenzi nabantu bakithi abahluphekayo.

Amakhomanisi athi abasebenzi mabasukume balwise ukulahleka kwemisebenzi

I SACP ifuna isimo sezomnotho esivula amathuba emisebenzi. Kungakho-ke thina singamakhomanisi sithi makwenzeke lokhu okulandelayo:

  • Makumiswe ukudilizwa kwabasebenzi okungaka
  • Makuguqulwe imithetho ukuze abaqashi baxoxisane futhi babonisane bavumelane nabasebenzi phambi kokuba badilize
  • Makwakhiwe isikhwama sikazwelonke sokwelekelela labo basebenzi abalahlekelwe yimisebenzi ukuze bangalambi
  • Makunikwe abasebenzi kuqala ithuba lokuthola izimali zabo kulezo zinkampani eseziwile nezivalwayo
  • Uhulumeni kufanele aqinise iqhaza alibambile kwezomnotho ukuze isisekelo somnotho sibe ngaphansi kwesandla sakhe, hayi kwesongxiwankulu
  • Makulandelwe yonke imigomo nezinqumo okwavunyelwana ngazo kwi Ngqungquthela yezeMisebenzi (Jobs Summit)
  • Makubhekisiswe kabusha inqubo kahulumeni kwezomnotho ukuze kususwe zonke izihibe ezidala ukulahleka kwemisebenzi
  • Makusetshenziswe izinkampani zikahulumeni, futhi zihlale zisezandleni zikahulumeni, ukuze zifake izimali ezithe xaxa ekuthuthukiseni ingqalasizinda ezindaweni zabantu abamnyama, kuvele namathuba emisebenzi

Basebenzi hlanganani!

Kufanele lemizabalazo yethu iqinise ubumbano kubasebenzi bonkana, kanye nabantu bakithi abaswele imisebenzi ukuze senze isiqiniseko sokuthi lombuso wentando yeningi ubhekelela ikakhulukazi izidingo zabasebenzi kanye nabantulayo.

Isisekelo esiqinile salombuso wentando yeningi ozabalazelwe kanzima ngabasebenzi qobo lwabo kufanele sakhelwe phezu kwamandla abasebenzi. Masiqinise izinhloso zombimbi lwe ANC, SACP ne COSATU zokuthi izwe lethu malilawulwe izidingo nezinhloso zabasebenzi nabantu abantulayo. Masingavumeli uqhekeko phakathi kwabasebenzi nabantu bakithi abangasebenzi. Umzabalazo wethu sonke - abasebenzi nalabo abaswele umsebenzi - ungumzabalazo owodwa. Ungumzabalazo wokulwisa indlala nobuphofu. Labo bafowethu nodadewethu abangasebenzi mabangavumi ukusetshenziswa yizinhlangano ezingazange zilwele inkululeko ekutheni balwe nabasebenzi. Impi nemizabalazo yabantu bakithi abangasebenzi mayeseke imizabalazo yabasebenzi. Impi yemisebenzi mayibhekiswe kongxiwankulu okuyibo abadiliza abasebenzi mihla namalanga.

Ikusasa lethu ngumbuso kamadlandawonye (socialism).

Lemizabalazo yabasebenzi kufanele kube yiyo eyakha isisekelo esiqinile sokuletha umbuso kamadlandawonye (socialism) kulelizwe. Umbuso kamadlandawonye yilowo ophethwe nolawulwa ngabasebenzi qobo lwabo. Umkhiqizo wanoma yiliphi izwe ungenxa yezithukuthuku zabasebenzi. Ngakho-ke kufanele sizabalazele ukuthi ekugcineni sishabalalise ogimbelakwesabo ukuze abasebenzi kube yibo abaphatha izwe, nabashoyo ukuthi umnotho wezwe ucazwa kanjani.

Ngumbuso kamadlandawonye kuphela oyoqeda indlala nobubha kubantu bakithi. Ngumbuso ophethwe ngabasebenzi oyoqeda ukulahleka kwamathuba emisebenzi. Ngumbuso ophethwe ngabasebenzi qobo lwabo oyoqeda ukuxhashazwa kwabantu bakithi yidlanzana longxiwankulu.

Masakhe izakhiwo eziqinile ze SACP

I SACP ngumbutho omele abasebenzi nezifiso zabasebenzi kwezombangazwe. I SACP ilwela ukusimamisa umbuso wentando yeningi ngendlela eyakha isisekelo esiya embusweni olawulwa ngabasebenzi. I SACP imele inqubo yobukhomanisi lapho kungeyokubakhona ukuxhashazwa kweningi yidlanzana elidla izambane likapondo.

Masisebenzise lemizabalazo yethu ukwakha izakhiwo ze SACP ezimbonini kanye nakuzozonke izindawo esisebenza kuzo. Masakhe amagatsha e SACP anamandla ezindaweni esihlala kuzo. Umbutho we SACP ngumbutho wabasebenzi.

Ngakho-ke abasebenzi mabenze isiqiniseko sokuthi bangamalungu kanye nabagqugquzeli be SACP. Ukuze abasebenzi bafeze izidingo zabo emzabalazweni badinga I SACP enamandla. Kanjalo ne SACP ukuze idlondlobale idinga abasebenzi abazabalazayo.

Masilwise ukulahleka kwemisebenzi!
Masiqinise izinyunyana zethu!
Masidlondlobalise izakhiwo zombuso
wentando yabantu!
Ikusasa lethu ngumadlandawonye,
masakhe isisekelo sawo manje!

We will never allow Chris Hani to die

The week from 07 April to 15 April 2000 marked the 7th anniversary of the cowardly murder of the late General Secretary of the SACP, Comrade Chris Hani. Tens of thousands of supporters and members of the SACP held more than 20 events in all provinces to remember Hani.

The main event was held at Lulekani Stadium, Phalaborwa, Northern Province. The SACP General Secretary, Blade Nzimande, COSATU president and SACP Central Committee member, Willie Madisha and the premier of the Northern Province, Ngoako Ramathlodi, addressed this event. The event was also attended by Chief Maswanganyi from Giyani, senior national leaders of POPCRU (POPCRU General Secretary and Vice President) and ANC regional leaders.

In his keynote speech, Blade Nzimande said "We must never allow Chris Hani to die. His ideas and his spirit live in us. He fought poverty and job losses. He fought for people's power and socialism. As we fight job losses and poverty and prepare for local government elections, let us build and strengthen the power and influence of the poor and the working class. Workers and the poor need a strong SACP and the SACP needs revolutionary workers to fight for socialism. Therefore workers and the poor must join and build the SACP. In this way we will make Chris Hani's dream of strong SACP and a socialist South Africa possible. In this way Chris will live in us through our current struggles and the struggle for socialism in our country"

The event was also a powerful celebration of progressive people's culture with performances by many local cultural groups in honour of a people's hero.


Motions were tabled in the national and Northern Province provincial parliaments to commemorate Chris Hani. The Gauteng government honoured Chris Hani by launching a Chris Hani Housing project in the East Rand - the project built 1700 houses and is continuing. On 12 April, Gauteng workers paid a fitting tribute to Chris Hani with their march against job losses and for job creation.

A racist farmer owning the Bosfontein farm prevented the Rustenburg SACP district from holding a commemoration rally.

We must meet our current challenges and build the SACP

This year's commemoration came at a time when the working class movement is fighting job losses and when the ANC-led Alliance is focusing on job creation and the eradication of poverty.

Indeed, Chris was a fighter against job losses and poverty. He fought for socialism and people's power. For him socialism was not big words or concepts. In his own words, "Socialism is not about big concepts and heavy theory. Socialism is about decent shelter for those who are homeless. It is about water for those who have no safe drinking water. It is about health care, it is about a life of dignity for the old. It is about overcoming the huge divide between urban and rural areas. It is about education for all our people. Socialism is about rolling back the tyranny of the market. As long as the economy is dominated by an un-elected, privileged few, the case for socialism will exist." Born in rural poverty, Chris Hani never forgot his roots. He was a leader who listened to the homeless, the jobless, the landless, to women no less than men.

As we fight against poverty and job losses as a basis for strengthening our democracy, let us never forget the ideals for which Chris Hani lived and died. The party of Chris Hani says - We support the COSATU campaign against job losses and for job creation. The party of workers and the poor says - Job losses contribute to poverty, misery and deepening inequalities.

The party of socialism says - Stop job losses and crush poverty.