‘Keep SA a one-party state’

2012-05-22 00:00

THE SA Communist Party has warned against South Africa degenerating from a “de facto one-party state” into a two-party Western democracy.

SACP deputy general-secretary Jeremy Cronin told journalists it was “a huge asset in South Africa that we have not become a Western democracy”.

He said that although South Africa had “democratic features, given the huge developmental needs” and the fact “that we are coming from a wounded past” and needed to build national unity and consensus, these overrode the need for a Western-style democracy.

He was speaking at the launch of the SACP’s July congress discussion document at the party’s offices in Cosatu House, Johannesburg, yesterday morning.

Cronin, who referred to himself as a “settler” and not a “refugee” in a joking reference to the uproar around Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille’s use of the word, said tht “provided we don’t score own goals, [the DA] has reached its electoral ceiling and that is why it is trying to broaden its base — and you know what I’m referring to”.

The deputy general-secretary was referring to last week’s march by the party to Cosatu House over the youth wage subsidy, which ended in bloodshed when marchers clashed with Cosatu supporters.

He warned, however, that if the SACP, ANC and Cosatu alliance “blunder”, the DA could win more support.

Cronin said the DA often mobilised white, Indian and coloured communities to think of themselves as a minority, overwhelmed by the majority.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said the DA, supported by the media, “constantly harps on” about the dangers of a two-thirds majority, of “confusing party and state”, of “cadre deployment”, and so on.

He said: “What was once called in colonial circles the thorny ‘native question’ [that is the ‘dilemma’ for a white minority of surviving overwhelming indigenous majority] has now been dusted off, updated and botoxed into an inflated ‘threat of one-party political dominance’.”

The SACP blamed the DA’s “relative success” on the “1996 class project and its African bourgeois nationalist offspring”, referring to a growth plan implemented by former president Thabo Mbeki.

According to the SACP’s document, the DA’s claim that the ANC and its alliance constituted a threat to the Constitution, was a “dumb-down of the actual Constitution, turning it into a 19th century liberal document focused on upholding individual rights and on checking-and-balancing the state”.

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