Happy Birthday Madiba!!
18 July 2012
The SACP joins millions of South Africans and the rest of the world in wishing Cde Nelson Mandela a happy 94th birthday. On this day, communist cadres in our structures and their various other deployments will participate in the symbolic 67 minutes of active work in honour of the number of years Cde Madiba spent in the struggle.
It is however important for the SACP, the Alliance, and all progressive forces to ensure that, whilst appreciating that Cde Madiba, is a figure respected world-wide, his credentials as a revolutionary are never lost. Madiba was a revolutionary who fought against an oppressive system, Madiba the MK Commander was militant, and Madiba a leader of the ANC was a revolutionary democrat and a hero in the struggle against oppression.
In honouring Madiba we must strongly reject attempts by liberals and other reactionary forces, many of whom who were complicit in his incarceration and those who never lifted a finger against apartheid, to try and appropriate the name of Madiba in order to condemn the current leadership of our movement.
We must honour Madiba by defeating the triple crisis of unemployment, poverty and inequality. For us to achieve this in honour of Madiba we would have to take radical decisions in order to change the underlying systemic economic crisis the world and our country faces. We have to do much work to provide education and skilling opportunities especially for our youth and decent work opportunities.
The task to build a truly democratic, non-sexist and non-racial South Africa in honour of Madiba continues! Happy Birthday Tata!
Issued by the SACP
SACP Spokesperson - 082 226 1802