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SACP Congratulates Gauteng Government on Moses Kotane Primary School

The South African Communist Party (SACP) Gauteng Province expresses its appreciation and congratulations to the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) on the official opening of Moses Kotane Primary School in Braamfischerville, Soweto today.

In particular, we salute the revolutionary leadership of the MEC for Education, comrade Panyaza Lesufi and MEC for Infrastructure Development, comrade Jacob Mamabolo for their sterling leadership in delivering this project which will go a long way in addressing the current shortage of schools in the province.

As the SACP in Gauteng we remain convinced that such facilities are critical in overcoming the massive skills distortions in our society, which result in massive unemployment, poverty and the huge inequality gap. To this end, we are of the view that this project will empower the children of the working class and the poor and contribute immensely in the culture of education.

The opening of this school, and many others that have been championed by GPG, is also an indication of the commitment of our government to deliver services to our people.

Naming the school after Moses Kotane

In particular, we are elated in the naming of this critical state of the art school after a stalwart of the South African revolution and our former General Secretary, Moses Kotane. This gesture indicates GPG under the leadership of Premier David Makhura, appreciates that education is not just a mere system designed to respond to skills production necessary for industrial and economic needs, but rather a major terrain in advancing the aspirations of our people as articulated in the National Democratic Revolution - that of building a non-racial, non-sexist, united democratic and prosperous country.

Moses Kotane dedicated his entire life to the liberation of the South African people. He was born in Tampostad in the district of Rustenburg, former Transvaal, on 9 August 1905 and passed away on 19 May 1978 in the then Soviet Union, Moscow and subsequently buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery.

Among the positions he occupied in his illustrious political career include being elected Chairman of the South African Federation of Non-European Trade Unions in 1929. In 1931 he became a full time functionary of the Communist Party of South Africa and in 1938 he rose to the position of the General Secretary of the Communist Party, a post he held until his death.

Therefore, the naming of this school after such a luminary of our revolutionary movement is an honour that must be celebrated. For that we salute the political leadership of the Gauteng government.

We are also convinced that this approach by GPG will go a long way in ensuring that such facilities also serve as a constant reminder of our commitment to continue to strive for a transformed school curriculum that will empower the children of the majority working class to play a meaningful role in the transformation of our society.

This struggle must ensure that access to such schools is coupled with teaching of progressive ideas.

Issued by the SACP Gauteng province


Mpapa Kanyane - SACP Gauteng 1st Deputy Provincial Secretary
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