Reds set to mark 90th birthday

2011-07-28 00:00

THE SA Communist Party has recommitted itself to fight corruption “inside and outside our ranks and the state” as it prepares to hold its 90th anniversary in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

At a press conference yesterday, Solly Mapaila, head of the office of SACP general-secretary Dr Blade Nzimande, committed the party to fighting against “demagoguery and factionalism”.

Mapaila said the SACP will intensify its ideological offensive against liberalism and neo-liberalism, which it sees as abusing democracy and undermining democratic institutions by projecting “our movement and organisations as corrupt”.

Nzimande, President Zuma, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and South African National Civics Organisation’s Ruth Bhengu are expected to speak at the celebrations in Clermont, Durban, on Sunday.

The celebrations will also be addressed by representatives of communist parties from Cuba and China.

Mapaila reiterated the party’s commitment to workers in the face of accusations by ANC Youth League president Julius Malema that the SACP has abandoned its role as the vanguard of the workers by deploying its top leaders in the government.

Asked if the SACP is considering contesting elections independently of the ANC, Mapaila said his party is still happy in its role of influencing ANC policies though the “configured alliance”.

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