Blade: Our revolution is not for sale

2012-07-16 07:04

On the eve of former president Nelson Mandela’s birthday this week, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande has attacked “liberals” who wanted to claim the struggle stalwart’s legacy.

Closing the party’s four-day conference in the University of Zululand yesterday, Nzimande told the more than 1 000 delegates some of these “liberals” who were now “pushing the ideas of Madiba” were part of those who incarcerated him during the struggle.

“It is a way of trying to discredit our struggle and revolution, the very struggle that Madiba sacrificed his life for,” he said.

“We say happy birthday to Tata Madiba, our revolutionary.”

He added the alliance should fight against attempts to “steal” the organisation. “Our revolution is not for sale.”

During the 2011 elections the DA ran a campaign portraying itself as the party that preserved Mandela’s legacy through its belief in openness and democracy.

In his speech, Nzimande also launched an attack against NGOs, which he said, are formed every time someone wanted to fight corruption or strengthened the state.

“We must be careful not to NGO-ise this struggle,” he said.

“Everything is turned into an NGO. Inasfar as we need NGOs, let’s have NGOs that spring out of our mass activism.”

This could be seen as a side-swipe to Cosatu, which formed Corruption Watch earlier this year to investigate complaints of corruption, and which closely cooperates with NGOs like Section27 on issues of governance and service delivery.

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