SACP is stronger today than ever before

2011-08-08 08:13

The feature article which appeared in City Press on 24 July titled “Radical to the core” refers.

The militancy and radicalism of the ANC Youth League can’t go unchallenged.

For some time now, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and his henchman Floyd Shivambu have been engaged in a public bad-mouthing and name-calling of SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande and his deputy, Jeremy Cronin.

The latest member of the kindergarten to spew venom at the SACP and its leaders is their new secretary, Sindiso Magaqa, who has displayed the worst form of what Lenin called “infantile disorder”.

While this is a common tactic by those who can’t sustain a logical debate, one hardly expects such behaviour from the league.

It’s totally incorrect for Magaqa to allege that Nzimande has destroyed the SACP. Nzimande ’s track record speaks for itself.

Since taking over as general secretary, the SACP’s membership has grown from a few thousands to 130 000 and counting. The party has also grown in stature and influence in recent years.

The party has mounted successful campaigns aimed at transforming the ­socio-economic landscape of our country. The history of the SACP under Nzimande’s stewardship is a success story.

Being part of a democratic government and Parliament can hardly be equated to “exile” – either for SACP or ANC leaders. The SACP is unapologetically a party of power (including state power) and influence.

Is Nzimande really jealous of the youth league?

The SACP leader has no reason to be jealous of anyone, least of all the league.

He is not a kindergarten leader, but a leader of a seasoned political party rooted in the realities of our country.

The SACP remains a vanguard of the working class. As it celebrates its 90th anniversary, the party is today bolder and stronger than at any stage of its existence.

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