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SACP in KwaZulu-Natal cautions against the resurgence of political assassinations

16 April 2017

The South African Communist Party in Moses Mabhida Province has learnt with shock the attempts to the life of SACP Second Deputy General Secretary Comrade Solly Mapaila on the occasion of the Chris Hani Commemoration 10 April 2017. We are joining the calls from all our Party cadres and members, across the country, that law enforcement agencies must investigate this matter with the speed that it deserves.

The resurgence of political intolerance, of political witch hunt and of political assassinations in South Africa is extremely concerning, no less within the tripartite alliance. It can only be those who are blight in the ideas, backward in their thought, backwardly pagan in their conduct and scoundrels in their attitudes who equate organisational differences to brinkmanship, to a declaration of deadly wars, to targeting leaders as interlocutors of political positions.

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal has experience in this regard. We have been in the worst form of internecine violence in the 1980s, right up to 1994, democratic transition. We know how serious the outcomes of political violence and the killings of leaders are. Again we have been pushed back to a similar situation. We are working hard in addressing anti-communists assassinations in Inchanga, outside of Durban. Such volatility has accounted for scores of comrades who have been cold-bloodedly murdered.

It is very true that our political relations in our body politics are extremely strained. These political differences are based on matters that go to the heart of our future and the national democratic revolution itself. But toxic relations must not yield to dastard resort for assassination attempts and peddling of violence both targeted at our leadership and membership. It is very true that such a desperate resolve against the SACP and its leadership will result in intractable consequences that are dire not to the perpetrators but to the entire stability of country. It is at nobody`s interest to have such a social regression and it must be avoided at all cost.

The Communist Party, by all means democratic, will defend itself and its leaders at all levels. The Party will not be intimidated and coerced by any means to assume a political posture that is detrimental to its beliefs and those of the working class as a whole.

Issued by the SACP Moses Mabhida Province.

Themba Mthembu - Provincial Secretary
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Msizi Nhlapho - First Deputy Provincial Secretary
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