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Volume 12, No. 28, 1 August 2013

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Our Line of March, Driving the Second Phase of South Africa’s Transition to Democracy

Ninety-two years of communist proud and heroic struggle

By Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary

This week our Party, the South African Communist Party (SACP) - formerly the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) between 1921 and 1950 - celebrates its 92nd anniversary since its founding in Cape Town on 31 July 1921. Our Party was formed partly as a direct inspiration of the Great October Socialist Revolution in Russia in 1917, though preceded by the formation and existence of the International Socialist League (ISL), formed in 1915. The formation of our Party was occasioned by the coming together of a number of socialist, communist and radical labour groupings inside South Africa, with the ISL at its core, thus constituting the very first Communist Party on the African continent.

This 92nd anniversary comes exactly a year after the conclusion of our highly successful and united 13th Congress held at Ngoye University at Empangeni near Richards Bay. Our clarion call from that Congress was that communists, acting together with their allies in the ANC and COSATU, must take responsibility for the national democratic revolution. This means that, as part of the revolutionary forces of our country, we must take responsibility for both, on the one hand, the advances and victories, as well as, on the other hand, the challenges and weaknesses, in our revolution. As South African communists we must never act as opportunists in our revolution, claiming and boasting about our victories, but behaving as outsiders to the revolution when it comes to its difficulties and problems.

Our 92nd anniversary also comes some seven months after a historic 53rd Conference of the African National Congress in Mangaung. This conference will be marked by, amongst other things, the rolling back and defeat of a tenderpreneuirial tendency, whose objective was an attempt to capture the ANC as an instrument for accumulation for those in leadership position at the direct expense of the principles of our revolution, that of changing the conditions of the majority of our people for the better.

We are justly celebrating 92 years of heroic communist struggle and activism in a period where communists are indeed in all key sites of struggle in the consolidation and deepening of our national democratic revolution. Communists are to be found in the forefront of many mass and workers struggles in broader society - in the trade union movement, in civic struggles,  and in progressive NGOs. At the same time communists are to be found inside the state - in parliament, in government and in many other state agencies where they are proudly serving a democratic South Africa to consolidate our revolutionary gains. Communists are living our mantra, that of using both our mass and state power to consolidate our revolution.

Our detractors and enemies are goading us to go it alone and abandon the ANC-led Alliance, as if our struggle and that of the overwhelming majority of our people was simply about an electoral contest. Yes electoral contestation is absolutely central in the current period, but it was never about an electoral contest amongst our alliance formations in the current period. Instead it was using the electoral platform to consolidate and unite the Alliance and all progressive forces in order to use state power to advance a national democratic agenda.

The call by our enemies and detractors for communists to stand alone in election is, in its essence, not a new one. The entire apartheid agenda was that of trying to isolate communists from the broader national liberation movement. In fact, the racist apartheid regime, tried to win international friends and imperialist backers by projecting itself as part of the anti-communist forces globally. It sought to translate this cheap strategy by trying to consistently drive a  wedge between the ANC and the SACP. This strategy failed spectacularly because the majority of our people saw this for what it was - an attempt at a divide and rule strategy to try and defeat the national liberation movement.

Therefore today’s call for the SACP to stand alone in elections, often accompanied by attempts to goad COSATU to position itself as anti-ANC, is a continuation of the same apartheid strategy in the post 1994 conditions! The anti-majoritarian liberal offensive is trying very hard to re-define independence as meaning anti-ANC and anti-government. It is indeed unfortunate that a small section within our own movement has fallen for this bait, thus seeking to define the independence of COSATU and the SACP as meaning attacking and criticizing the ANC and the government it leads. As we celebrate 92 years of the SACP, we shall not be fooled by this old-age divisive strategy of racists and their liberal fellow travellers! Instead we want to say as South African communists, NEVER again shall we allow racists and opportunistic (white) liberals ever to rule our country! Instead, as South African communists, acting together with our allies, we have not only been part of the victorious forces over the criminal, racist apartheid regime, but we will intensify our own struggle against the evil capitalist system and its racist and partriarchal twin partners!

South African communists are proudly celebrating their 92 years of heroic struggles, a year before our fourth national democratic elections. It is also a year before the celebration of 20 years of a democratic South Africa. For us as South African communists, this is a period to also celebrate the many advances made by the ANC-led government in improving the conditions of the overwhelming majority of our people. The housing, electrification, provision of water and sanitation for the majority of South Africans far surpasses the centuries of colonial and apartheid occupation of our country. The expansion of both basic and higher education for our people over the last 20 years far surpasses the more than 40 years of criminal, racist apartheid rule. For example, the fact that our democratic government is going to be spending more than R6 billion rand in loans and bursaries for university and college education is a truly unsurpassed achievement by the ANC government. That the Zuma administration has raised, within four years, life expectancy by more than 3 years is an astonishing achievement. Much more importantly is that South African communists have been part of all these achievements.

Our own SACP has embarked on important campaigns that have notched important victories. Our land and agrarian campaign led to a national land summit in the mid-2000s that led to the rejection of the ‘willing buyer, willing seller model’ of land reform. The SACP’s financial sector campaign, launched in 2000, has led to important gains made in the regulation of the financial sector, including the regulation of the Credit Bureaux, including credit amnesty for the workers and the poor.

Most of the bourgeois and white-owned media has done everything to try and hide the very enormous advances made by the ANC government over the last 20 years, including positive gains made under the Zuma administration over the last four and half years. The above are but some of the gains made by the ANC in government.

Of course, as the SACP we are acutely aware of the many challenges that face our country, principally around unemployment, inequality and poverty. However our approach to these is that we need to build on our achievements in order to tackle whatever challenges we have. We shall remain part of the forces that are willing to play their role in tackling the problems facing our revolution.

It is for the above and other reasons that as we celebrate 92 years of the SACP, we are also calling upon the people of our country to come out and vote overwhelmingly for the ANC in the coming 2014 elections. The ANC remains the only organization that is best capable of serving the interests of the overwhelming majority of our people. The ANC has proven this in practice through its policies and achievements in government.

All the above advances must be built upon as part of driving the second phase of our transition as resolved by the Mangaung conference of the ANC.  The SACP remains part of this revolutionary duty as it celebrates its 92 years of heroic struggle for national liberation and socialism. We remain focused on the intensification of the struggle to deepen the national democratic revolution as our most direct route to socialism.

Asikhulume!!

 

Tribute to the passing on of our heroic revolutionary young leader of our party and our movement, Cde Nkosiphendule Kolisile

By Phatse Justice Piitso

The fateful morning of Sunday the 20th of July 2013 brought us the most devastating news that destiny has imposed itself on one of our most youngest and outstanding revolutionary leader of our party, Cde Nkosiphendule Kolisile. We received the catastrophic news that the heart of one of our most finest and extraordinary young revolutionary leaders of the South African working class has ceased to beat.

We convey our deep heartfelt condolences to the family, relatives, friends, the leadership of our revolutionary alliance, the leadership of our democratic government led by the ANC and the entire of the people of our country. We stand to salute the living memories of this heroic son of our national liberation movement.

He was indeed one of the most outstanding and disciplined exemplary young volunteers of our national liberation movement. He belongs to the category of the generation of our young leaders whose tenacity and contribution to the cause of the struggles for the liberation of our country will forever remain immeasurable.

He was first and foremost a loyal servant of our people, a true patriot, a leader of our liberation movement, a leader of our vanguard party, a trade unionist and an all round Organiser of the working class movement.  He was indeed a selfless revolutionary and a fearless leader of our people to the end.

He was a colossal of our generation. A colossal who mastered the art of fiddling with his own generation. A colossal embedded in the foundations of the scientific Marxist Leninist revolutionary theory. A colossal in the category of the rare spices of the few but the better.

The people of our country and the whole world have lost a heroic young revolutionary leader of the struggles of the working class. We have lost a young revolutionary leader of the struggles of the international proletariat movement. A revolutionary young leader in the forefront of the struggles of the progressive movement to make the world a better place for humanity.

Our country and the world have indeed lost a true representative of the struggles for the liberation of our people. We have lost a revolutionary leader of the struggles of the working class. A true shop steward of the progressive trade union movement. We have indeed lost a true representative of the masses of our people.

We bid farewell to its final resting place the mortal remains of one of the most distinguished young revolutionary leader, whose indomitable contribution to the noble cause of the struggle of our people, will forever be a source of inspiration to the future generations of man to come. We bid farewell to its final resting place the mortal remains of one of our own.

We bid farewell to its final resting place the mortal remains of a young revolutionary leader who comprehended the strategic question of the struggles of our people against imperialism and colonialism. A true representative of the worldwide struggles of our people against poverty, disease and underdevelopment.

We salute the mortal remains of a young organic leader who commanded the theoretical grasp and the essence of the struggles of our people in the former colonies and semi colonies. An organic revolutionary who understood the scientific notion that ours is not just to interpret the world, but also to change it.

We celebrate the times and memories of a young revolutionary leader who understood that our task is to fight for the victory of our National democratic revolution. A leader who understood the scientific notion that the struggles of our people against national oppression and exploitation is interwoven.

We celebrate the times and memories of a young revolutionary leader who mastered the strategic question that under our specific concrete circumstances, our socialist revolution cannot succeed without a national democratic revolution. A young revolutionary leader who understood the interrelationships between the national struggles and our struggles for socialism.

We celebrate a life of a revolutionary young leader who understood the historic mission of our party as the leader of the struggles of the working class for national liberation and towards the victory of the socialist revolution. A leader revolutionary leader who grasped the character of our party as a revolutionary organization guided by the Marxist Leninist theory as a tool of analysis.

We salute the times and memories of a revolutionary who indeed understood the most important historic question of the role of the Communist party in the struggles of our people against imperialism and colonial oppression and exploitation. A leader who belonged to the vanguard party of the working class, the party of the most advanced elements in our society, and the party of the few but the better.

We salute the times and memories of a distinguished revolutionary who mastered the strategic question of the independent role of our party and its place in the struggles of our people for national liberation. A leader who mastered the most organic question that our national democratic revolution is part of the socialist revolution.

A young heroic leader who understood the historic role of our party and the struggles of our people in the semi colonies and semi colonies. A leader who understood the role of our party in the struggles of our people for the resolution of the national, class and gender questions.

He grappled well with the understanding that one of our most important tasks is to bring our party close to the people.  A leader who throughout his entire revolutionary life, entrusted upon himself the most important task of educating workers and other strata of our society about the ideas of our revolutionary theory.

He was a true student of Marx and Lenin who refuted all the attempts by revisionists and anarchists to distort our scientific theory as a cornerstone of the struggles of our people. A leader who understood that during the struggles for the achievement of the aims of the national democratic revolution, the working class has learned to organise itself, discover its class interest and educate itself about the very process of our struggle.

He understood the historic question that the fact that our class struggle has assumed a democratic form, does not signify that our party has abandon her historic role of leading the working class struggles. He understood profoundly that such distortions would constitute betrayal of our national democratic revolution and therefore the postponement of the socialist revolution.

He was never confused by the bulk of revisionists and anarchists of our modern times who think that our vanguard party is allergic to the fundamental question of state power.  He understood that the socialist revolution is not a single act or a battle on one front, but an all round series of battles on all fronts, which the state power is one of them.

We will always remember this young revolutionary leader for his respect of our fundamental principle of democratic centralism and inner party democracy and discipline. Throughout his life he distinguished himself as a custodian of the true traditions and discipline of our party. He was never a rebel without a cause.

We will always remember this young revolutionary who understood that to be elected into the positions of leadership is not necessarily a virtue, but a responsibility to learn. He was always the first to embrace internal party disciplinary processes. He understood well that contradictions are the ones that make society to grow and develop.

Never did he ever want to undermine the democratic processes of the collective leadership of our party. He was always an exemplary leader who respected party inner democratic and disciplinary processes. He was a leader who never wanted to listen to only what he wanted to hear.

When he recently faced party internal disciplinary measures he never attempted to join counter revolutionary forces. He never sung the sirens songs of the enemy of our revolution. He was never confused by the likes of counter revolutionary elements masquerading red berets in their thirst to power.

Therefore we will never allow ultra lefts and anarchists to distort the noble values and traditions he fought and died for. We must never allow ultra lefts and revisionists of our modern century to alienate the mortal remains of this hero of our people from the party he respected most.

We must never allow the rank breaking forces to use the occasion of the passing on of this revolutionary leader of our people to attack the Communist party and its collective leadership. Those who are using his name to attack the party and its internal disciplinary processes are hell-bent to their counter revolutionary motives.

It must be made clear that at the end of the due internal disciplinary processes his name was cleared by the Central Committee and the general membership of our party. It will only be those harboring double standards that they cannot appreciate this historic record. A record of a revolutionary leader who stood true to the traditions of our inner party democracy.

In his memory we will defeat the rank breaking forces of anarchy and revisionism. We will defeat reckless adventurism and infantile disorder. His names will go into the chapters of our history books as being amongst those young revolutionaries who never succumbed to the forces of counter-revolution.

We pay our last respects to a revolutionary whose ideas were consistent with the traditions and principles of the international proletariat movement. The ideas that the working class is the only force capable of leading the struggles of our people to its eventual end.

We pay our last respects to a revolutionary who understood the essence of our historic slogan that men make their own history, but they do not make it in just as they please, that they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the people.

As we say farewell to this young revolutionary leader of our movement, we borrow the most profound words by our former President of our movement and our Republic, Cde Thabo Mbeki. During the funeral service of our late secretary general Cde Alfred Nzo, he has to convey the following profound words of condolences"

Alfred Nzo lies in front of us in his small house of wood, cold and still and without a voice.

While he lived, his humility, his self-effacing ways, his constant humour, his loyalty to principle, his avoidance of the self-serving theatrical flourish, his refusal to be defeated, the certainty his very being carried of the inevitability of the realization of our hopes, brought light and joy to all our nights of despair.

The gods themselves would lose their patience with us if we permitted that time should persuade us that this jewel on our crown has lost its sparkle, merely because the soil we tread will have taken into its bosom the small wooden house that Alfred Nzo now occupies.

Whatever the direction we turn our ears - towards the Limpopo, towards Hoho, in the direction of uKhahlamba and Kgalagadi - the same message reaches us - Alfred Nzo’s work is not yet".

Today over ten years after the death of Comrade Alfred Nzo, as we accompany to its final resting place the mortal remains of this young revolutionary leader of our generation, we again repeat the revolutionary words by the former President of our movement and the Republic Thabo Mbeki as we say"

Nkosiphendule Kolisile lies in front of us in his small house of wood, cold and still and without a voice.

While he lived, his humility, his self-effacing ways, his constant humour, his loyalty to principle, his avoidance of the self-serving theatrical flourish, his refusal to be defeated, the certainty his very being carried of the inevitability of the realisation of our hopes, brought light and joy to all our nights of despair.

The gods themselves would lose their patience with us if we permitted that time should persuade us that this jewel on our crown has lost its sparkle, merely because the soil we tread will have taken into its bosom the small wooden house that Nkosiphendule Kolisile now occupies.

Whatever the direction we turn our ears - towards the Limpopo, towards Hoho, in the direction of uKhahlamba and Kgalagadi - the same message reaches us - Nkosiphendule Kolisile’s work is not yet".

In your memory we will continue to defend, deepen and advance our national democratic revolution.

In your memory we will continue to build on the unity and cohesion of our revolutionary alliance.

In your memory we will continue to take forward the struggles of our people into our socialist future.

In your memory we will continue to build on the unity of our progressive trade union movement.

In your memory we will continue to defend our National liberation movement against counter-revolution.

In your memory we will ensure that the ANC gets an overwhelming majority during the forthcoming National general elections.

Farewell to you our most outstanding son of our national liberation movement. Farewell to you our outstanding heroic revolutionary leader of the South African Communist party. Farewell to you our most organic shop steward of our progressive trade union movement. Farewell to you our most beloved true representative of the struggles of our people.

Phatse Justice Piitso is the former Ambassador to the republic of Cuba and the former Provincial Secretary of the SACP writing this article on his personal capacity.

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