‘Tatane killing and struggle song case threaten democracy’

2011-04-27 10:57

The killing of Andries Tatane and the court hearing against struggle songs both posed threats to South Africa’s democracy, the Young Communist League of SA said today.

“These incidents are in themselves a serious threat to our democracy, to our history and to the confidence our people have restored in the police and judiciary system,” spokesperson Mafika Mndebele said.

“Both these acts are a threat to national reconciliation, and a disgrace to those who fought for a better life for our people.”

He was referring to the killing of Ficksburg protester Andries Tatane by a group of policemen, and also the rights lobby group AfriForum, who is trying to get a court interdict against the singing of “shoot the boer”.

The league said it would continue to mobilise youth to defend democracy and its gains.

He said the democracy brought new threats to the working class.

“Our missiles as we celebrate this Freedom Day should be directed against the ruling class, and the most barbaric, heartless and cruel system on earth: capitalism.

“This is a system that had created wealth for few at the expense of the majority of our people.”

“We are against state parasitic black bourgeois even if they may be found in the African National Congress, Congress of SA Trade Unions, SA Communist Party and Young Communist League.”

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