APC states its future prospects

2017-09-07 06:01
Nkosinathi Mahala

Nkosinathi Mahala

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The African Peoples Convention (APC) recently celebrated a decade of existance.

It has been 10n years of service and sacrifice in the interest of our people.

The APC has been tried and tested. We have scored brilliant victories, blazing historic trails and have emerged stronger.

From the start, we have stood firmly on the platform of Pan Africanism and Socialism. The APC understands Pan Africanism as an antidote to colonialism and its effects.

It liberates the African from an inferiority complex, and reverses the depersonalisation and self-alienation of the African.

Anti-Africanist neurosis amongst the minorities and some African intelligentsia stems from the time of Anton Lambede, KP Mda, Robert Sobukwe and Peter Raboroko.

The APC believes in socialism to ensure the most equitable form of distribution of wealth.

We are striving for an Africanist Socialist democracy, drawing from the logic of the African situation.

Frantz Fanon has taught us to think and act better.

Kwame Nkrumah said that revolution is achieved by men who think action and thought.

From its inception in 2007, the APC, has acted in the interest of the people, leading campaigns to address the plight of traditional leaders in areas like Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KZN.

The APC has correctly diagnosed the fault lines of the post-1994 dispensation, including the failure to put the overwhelming African population at the centre of political discourse and policies.

The beneficiaries of apartheid remain the reference point at the expense of a 90 per cent African majority. Thus the APC has sought to put the African at the centre of its policies.

We have thus sought to hold high the banner of Pan Africanism in the sea of liberalism.

In 2017, the APC has held two National Peoples Congresses to elect the leadership.

We have also held three National Peoples Policy Conferences, the last one was recently held in Bloemfontein on 26 and 27 August 2017. This policy conference reaffirmed our Pan Africanist and socialist ideological line.

We resolved that the APC must support and campaign for a South African name change to Azania.

That provinces and district municipalities are havens of corruption and inefficiency, and an unnecessary strain on the fiscus.

The APC advocates for the scrapping of provincial and district municipalities.

Whilst fighting for freedom, the entire liberation movement wanted a unitary state. The APC believes that we need a national government and strong local governments to drive our people’s developmental needs.

The APC also believes in integrity and ethical leadership in public affairs. We decry the mass looting of public funds and the shoddy and untimeous services delivered to African areas in particular.

We want action taken against those who do not have public interests at heart.

The APC has demonstrated through our work chairing Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) that, when we are given national responsibility, we serve the nation with integrity and diligence.

There can be no freedom or reconciliation without fully addressing the land question.

Land is the primary means of production, and dispossession reduced Africans into paupers.

To address poverty, inequality and racism, the land must be returned to its rightful owners.

This country belongs to the African people.

It is a monstrosity to seek to normalise the continued clinging to alienated land via all manner of gimmicks.

The land of the African people must be restored and is the only way we can address the national question.

The oppression and exploitation of women - particularly African women - is at the heart of our national malaise.

The APC has strengthened its women’s league as the lead organ to rally women and all progressives to liberate society from its backwardness. Our criminal justice system is not sufficiently responsive to the plight of abused women.

The APC is full of hope about its future and role in the politics of our country.

We have experienced positive growth in all the nine provinces of Azania.

We have set up structures in the nine provinces and are now on the move setting up regional and sub-regional structures.

We believe that the APC has a proper scientific analysis of the key challenges facing our people today.

That it is a democracy that does not deliver material benefits to the majority.

The Africans are a numerical majority but a cultural minority.

The APC believes that the correct approach is to put the African at the centre of the political social and economic discourse.

Our policies must flow from the logic of the African situation, and in the long-term interests of the African millions.

The majority party has tiptoed around white privilege.

The beneficiaries of apartheid have not only defended what they have, but have now gone on the offensive to re-affect themselves.

As we look back at the past 10 years, we have picked up valuable insights into the art of mass work and party building.

We see the time as opportune for the emergence of an African alternative party, committed to a radical socio economic agenda from the traditional left of the liberation movement. It is this historical role and responsibility that the APC takes upon itself.

The APC will not relent, it shall not equivocate in challenging liberal hegemony and affecting the right of the African people to have effective control of their land.

The sacrifices of people like Robert Sobukwe, Zeph Mothopeng, John Pokela, Jafta Masemola and Sabelo Pama continue to inspire us and their legacy shall live forever in the work and success of the APC.

  • Mahala is Deputy President of APC.

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