Nzimande defends SACP at Slovo memorial

2010-01-06 14:13

The SA Communist Party (SACP) was under threat because of people

looking out for their own interests, the party’s general secretary Blade

Nzimande said today.

“We are an irritant to people who want to eat [people wanting to

enrich themselves at the expense of others]... there is no pure ANC without

communists,” he said at the 15th commemoration of Joe Slovo’s death at the

Avalon cemetery in Soweto.

Nzimande attacked what he called “tender premiers”, saying they

were a threat to small businesses started by retrenched workers.

He said the SACP was a non-racial party. There were people who

wanted to impose their narrow black economic empowerment principles – where a

small elite enriched themselves – in order to compromise non-racialism.

He responded to Slovo’s wife Helena Dolny’s earlier criticism that

Slovo would have been disappointed with how public servants spent government

money on their flashy lifestyles.

“We take your criticism with the respect it deserves,” Nzimande

said.

Slovo died of cancer in 1995. He was an anti-apartheid activist, a

founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the ANC, and general secretary

of the SACP in the 1980s.


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