SACP: 'Apartheid economy' needs change

2011-04-27 13:31

Cape Town - Unless something radical is done now about the apartheid economy inherited by government, its achievements will be greatly undermined by the system of capitalism, the SA Communist Party said on Tuesday.

"Our attempts at a gradual economic transformation have only landed us with a failed BEE project which is at the heart of the corruption we see today," the party said in a statement to mark Freedom Day.

"We have not expanded our industrial and manufacturing base as a country, thus everyone is chasing this or that government tender."

While millions "swim in poverty and hunger we cannot allow a continued painting of a picture where those who have access to power or those who have access to those with access to power are enriching themselves at the expense of the masses".

Corruption was theft from the poor and directly undermined democracy.

The SACP called on all in society to join hands, in a principled and non-sectarian way to fight corruption.

"We must honestly and urgently review narrow BEE as it has not addressed the huge economic inequalities and has led to the empowerment of only a small elite instead of the majority.

"Many in the world are now exposed to similar conditions we have spoken about because of the failure of capitalism."

Humanity faced a serious ecological crisis and as Freedom Day was celebrated, "we must ask ourselves if our future generations will have this opportunity given the speed at which our environment is being destroyed in order for some to become rich", the SACP said.

The party called on voters to support the ANC is the May 18 local government elections, and reject the "reactionary agenda" of the Democratic Alliance to fragment national unity and treat the three layers of government as isolated islands.

"We in the SACP know well that democracy in SA doesn’t come without contradictions and reactionaries who want to exploit them for their own narrow agendas.

"At the heart of this is an attempt by reactionary forces to use our hard won democratic order to further their class interests.

"Only the ANC led alliance victory will lay conditions for the exercise of people’s power," it said.

  • IVV - 2011-04-27 13:57

    But communism worked? Just asking...

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-04-27 13:59

    Biggest load of hogwash ever. How is leaving a self-admitted corrupt government in place as the ruling party going to resolve this situation on its own? If a criminal commits an offense in broad daylight, and there are witnesses, will the police let him go on his way, hoping he will become a better person without facing the consequences?! Use some common sense, if you have any!!

      Mundu - 2011-04-27 17:22

      This is exactly the kind of mind numbing rhetoric you would expect from a failed organization.

  • Kloete.Kloete - 2011-04-27 14:09

    In Communism there is still only an elite group enjoying all the wealth though that group being much smaller than the current elite. The free market and capitalism has created the wealth currently being wasted. The letter commenting on how well the ANC has done over the past 17years actually just shows how much wealth was created over the past 350 years through hard work that the ANC wasn't able to waste it all by now.

      Gatvol - 2011-04-27 16:56

      My late father warned me during the early 80's as a child that this country will fall. He told us kids that we should qualify ourselves as the time will come when we will have to flee this country and seek work abroad. Till after the Polokwane conference in 2009 I did not believe him. This "new" ANC and their alliance partners are sending shivers through my spine when I read articles like this one above. The begining of the downsloap for SA is just ahead

  • Foreigner - 2011-04-27 14:10

    The apartheid economy while it benefited a minority is precisely what has made SA the continent's only and viable economic giant. It was built on Afrikaner HARD WORK, economic prudence and modesty. What needs improvement is embracing a culture of HARD WORK, a hunger for education and economic modesty. Developed western countries and emerging Asian countries have modeled their economies on that. BEE and unbridled procreation is certainly not the road to economic betterment for many.

      cerveza - 2011-04-27 16:06

      @foreigner - The South African economy was not built on "Afrikaner HARD WORK". The SA economy was built on our minerals, and the mining industry which was by the way developed by foreign companies, of which the majority were English. Until the 1940 the Afrikaner was poorer and less educated than their same skin colour counterparts and most lived and worked on farms while the majority of companies were started up by foreign companies and non-Afrikaners. It was only once they took complete control of government that they started to really compete in the economy that was already set up, by giving themselves preferential treatment. And is having a leader driving around in a Rolls Royce while 10% of your "volk" are considered impoverished your description of modesty? Ironically it is not much different than the ANC is doing today And as for your call for a culture with a hunger for education, communist countries were far superior in education than their capitalist counterparts. Having a far lower pupil to teacher ratio, better school facilities and a bigger curriculum. So it sounds like capitalists are the ones not serious about education What you are calling for and describing is semi-socialism. Do a bit of research, I am sure you will it interesting and would just maybe support it, after all the majority of top 10 countries considered to have the best standard of living have based their economies on semi-socialism

  • sanews - 2011-04-27 14:10

    You had me until you started talking politics. Vote for the ANC is the solution? HAHA You guys sometimes talk a lot of sense but it is unfortunate that you embrace a failed system. China is only growing the way it is because of dirty western capitalist anti revolutionary tsotsi money. Where else has communism worked or is it working? Even in China most people are dirt poor and some even resort to eating bark and grass.

      Ogre - 2011-04-27 18:05

      Asking to vote for the ANC after highlitghing the failures is like telling us to give the safe keys to the criminal that has robbed you and shared some of the spoils with friends and family, calls himself Robin Hood because he throws some scraps to the poor, and hope that he does not take what is left this time. Any normal human being that tries to batter down a wall with his head normally changes his mind when he tastes the blood of his failure or the headache becomes to much to handle, but aparently the majority voters of this country are masochists.

  • chris van rensburg - 2011-04-27 14:17

    The SACP will just take what is left and a few political connected people in government will be benefitted in the process.That is why communism failed worldwide because the masses are promised the world but they become the slaves of a few cunning politicians.

  • Madelane - 2011-04-27 14:21

    Evidence of communism and how it benefited a few of the so called 'elite' but enslaved the multitude is evident worldwide not least of all Cuba were the Castro family has held onto power with the attendant financial benefits for decades. We have the evidence right here with the rampant corruption and dishonesty, which is the hall mark of the communist state,in the ANC and alliance partners.

      cerveza - 2011-04-27 16:31

      @madelane - evidence of capitalism benefiting the "rich" but impoverishing the multitude is also evident worldwide. In the US 1% owns more than a 3rd of all wealth, the bottom 80% of the population (poor and middle class) owns only 15% and the number keeps decreasing year after year, and have dropped by 4% in the last 25 years. So the multitude gets poorer and the rich get richer. Both these systems fails the "multitude", neighter one is correct or wrong, they fail because of the people that control them and have the most power or money, not because of what they intend to do

      sanews - 2011-04-27 19:14

      cerveza, you conveniently overlook the difference in living standards between capitalist and communist countries.

      cerveza - 2011-04-27 20:27

      @sanews - The fact is there has never been a "communist country", all governments claiming to be communist have actually been undemocratic socialist or "state capitalist". Lenin himself at a time described the Soviet economic model as state capitalism. The idea behind communism is to have no state control, yet is these countries the complete opposite is true Both these systems are abused by the people in power and both rely on disillusioned to support them. One preys on people's desire to work together and be equal while the other on the feeling that you are in control of your own destiny and will be fairly awarded for you hard work. Both claim to be the only form of democracy Both sides have a long list of human rights abuse and both sides has had varied levels of living standards, but through history each one has just decided to focus on the others weaknesses and not at what they actually do right and promoted hate and fear and misunderstanding.

      Mad Hatter - 2011-04-28 09:55

      @cerveza - actually communism is all means of production are in state hands and is under-pinned on all ownership rights being that of state . ie: state is in control of everything with no rights to ownership of citizens, state has monolpoly on all industries & property. This is why no communist state has ever had a democratic system , is a single party state and has a 'life long leader'. It takes all power away from the people and places it in the hands of the political aristocracy . Only once has 2 democratic countries been at war with each other (finland &England WW2).

      delarey - 2011-04-28 13:41

      Get your calculator, let me show you something, the combined weath of SA's richest 4 people is around R15 bil (one black guy included, google it). Now take 15 000 000 000 and devide that by 45 000 000 (population of SA). The answer is R333.33 for each person. What is going on in your mind that makes you think that by deviding wealth that you will be creating it somewhere else????

  • Ronald Naude - 2011-04-27 14:27

    Traveling and working in and on the African continent. I keep saying to myself what is so different about the situation in South Africa. Absolutely nothing. When the Colonials left Africa, Africa went back in time. Nothing works institutions destroyed. South Africa is no different to any other African countries. No different. And to those who say South Africa is different then you have obviously never left your own back yard.

      sanews - 2011-04-27 19:16

      Kak man, I am relatively well travelled and there’s a huge difference between SA and some other African countries I could mention.

  • Henk van Tonder - 2011-04-27 14:27

    Sod off SACP. If you really believed in socialism, you would immediately sever ties and stop support for the ANC, which is a 100% capitalist organisation. Their policies are diametrically opposed to yours, yet you ask your members to vote for the ANC each election. You are a false grass-roots organisation (astroturf), created by the ANC as a false socialist movement just like COSATU, in order to monopolise both polar opposites of the black electorate.

      p123 - 2011-04-27 21:04

      SACP leader Blade Nzimande drives a 760i BMW, the ultimate Capitalist mobile, how funny is that. he should be driving a 1975 Russain built Lada if he walked his talk. Fu%^ing HYPOCRIT!!!

  • fanta.panda - 2011-04-27 14:50

    LOL ... loving the face-palm logic by the SACP, completely missing the point of a representative democracy. Just so you know, the ANC is not entitled to run the country. Politics and power are not some sort of cultural birthright because of Apartheid. People will vote DA because precisely because they are not corrupt and they actually do something, instead of just passing the buck ... which is precisely what the SACP is doing here in this article. So yeah, thanks for that shining example of face-palm logic. Made my day, really.

  • SaintBruce - 2011-04-27 15:08

    Long Long Ago... we said there would not be 480 000 black ( BEE) buyers for the 480 000 registered companies in South Africa! The idea simply does not work nor are there enough skills to make it work. The second problem is that most founders of companies have taken great personal risks to start those ventures. Now BEE elements want the spoils without the risk - not going to happen. Where does this leave the entrepreneur? Use only Independant Contractors - no employees! You don't perform, you don't get paid - simple! Cuts out huge paperwork issues. To the SACP - your models take away capitalism ( the only real nation building system we have) and remove democracy - you can't remove capitalism via a democratic process as I won't give up my right to earn more if I do more. "At the heart of this is an attempt by reactionary forces to use our hard won democratic order to further their class interests. This MUST be the central ANC core you are talking about - what you goin' to do to fix it? I am intrigued - an Alliance that is so divided must eventually fall.

  • Derek - 2011-04-27 15:19

    So the failed BEE experiment is Apartheid's fault? The powerful are enriching themselves because of Apartheid? Is there NOTHING that these guys will not blame Apartheid for?

      Michael - 2011-04-27 18:27

      They can not survive without apartheid.

      Alfred - 2011-04-28 03:15

      Lol! Ofcourse it's apartheid's fault! Have you ever heard any of them take responsibility for anything, ever?

  • Mike_L - 2011-04-27 15:21

    Educated and productive people are fleeing this failed state, taking with them the business acumen that could've created jobs. In the meantime, the false promise of free everything (healthcare, education, support for single mothers, etc.) encourages growth of a population that exceeds the demand for employment. The result? A burgeoning welfare state that places an ever-increasing demand on an ever-shrinking tax base. Then it's a snowball effect... The middle class is taxed into poverty. People have less money to spend. Small businesses that would otherwise have gained from the spending of the middle class now collapse and vanish. This means still fewer jobs and more destitution, and so on... The ANC-SACP-Cosatu triad of imbeciles, motivated by a spite-the-white ideology, can look no further than wealth redistribution through iniquitous taxation. It pays lip service to job creation while implementing policies that achieve exactly the opposite. It is the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the ruling party that is shunting the country into the sinkhole. Viva ANC! Viva poverty!

      Madelane - 2011-04-27 15:30

      Sigh Mike. I wish I could say you were talking nonsense but sadly this is precisely what the situation is with little sign of improvement. Let us hope that there is a significant swing away from the ANC in May but I shall not hold my breath.

  • ? - 2011-04-27 15:29

    Affirmative action is going to be intensified pretty soon. in 30 years from now when u go to wikipedia and look at the demographics section for south africa,it will say: blacks 95% coloureds/khoisan 3% indian and other asians 1% Afrikaners -extinct (like the kwagga and cape lion) whites - trace elements - mostly UN relief staff

      clark - 2011-04-27 17:23

      - Yep, and it will also record some of the following ; unemployment - 68% / balance of payments deficit - $ billions / life expectanty rate - 39 yrs. / World competitive index rating - joint last with Zim. In a nutshell a basket case banana republic, whose ruling party ( yep you've guessed it ) the anc has been in power for 48 years,currently under the leadership of president Malema,whose tenure is now 25 years. Malema has modelled his grip on power on the now deceased R. Mugabe, with S.A. now a one party , police state dictatorship. Famine is commonplace and the country is now the world's biggest recipient of UN and international aid. Scary ? - you bet - Possible ? - the way we're going ,most definitely.

  • BigD - 2011-04-27 15:30

    You mean communism has failed. Capitalism is alive. I suppose the SACP leaders arrive at work in a capitalist car worth more than R600,000 and live in a lavish house. Look at what Blade drives.

      p123 - 2011-04-27 21:07

      Blade's 760i BMW costs R1.2m mate!!!

  • Andre - 2011-04-27 15:52

    The argument should not be communism vs. capitalism but rather free enterprise vs. a state controlled economy. The issue is about the right to own property and conduct business. If you believe that you need a nanny called the state that must control everything you probably want a state controlled economy but if on the other hand you believe in that most individuals will excel given the freedom to do so and fair rules with minimum state interference you are a believer in free enterprise. Unfortunately most people in Africa like the idea of holding the hand out. The other point is do you believe in legal theft because socialism/communism is nothing else. One person works his butt off and become rich only so that the government nanny take most of it away and gives it to some lazy bugger that produces absolutely nothing. However this is a very clever trick in democratic countries by which politicians will be assured of their jobs namely take from the productive middle and upper class and give to the unproductive lazy sloths,and as a reward these poor people will never be lifted out of poverty since they will never acquire an entrepreneurial spirit and thus the politicians will get their votes continually.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-04-27 16:03

    Why is such an ancient and irrelevant paradigm - communism - still alive and kicking here in deep, dark, stupid Africa?

      sanews - 2011-04-27 19:18

      China, that is why

      York Hunt - 2011-06-13 11:01

      The ANC has always been about communism (read Nelson's Mandela's "How to be a good communist"). They want to rewrite the constitution and install socialism. That is the plan, people!

  • ProudofPink - 2011-04-27 16:04

    Easy solution to this little commies - get off your backsides and work!

  • jaycee - 2011-04-27 16:13

    The SACP are a group of Neanderthals. Wherever it meets an open society that compensates human endeavour, the commies die out. Unsustainable system that can only survive by looting and stealing wealth belonging to others. Anyway, the SACP is NOT listed on the ballot papers, so they are not speaking on behalf of anyone.

  • cgtours - 2011-04-27 16:31

    Just a few questions! How much is your monthly Salary Blade Nzimande? How much does the house cost you live in? How much does the car cost you drive?Who pays your electricity/water etc? How much is it? where and in which hotels do you stay? 1 star.... Guesthouse.,Travel Lodge or is it Super De Luxe ( not even 5 star)? How much do these hotels cost per night? How much do you spend on your Overseas so called woring trips?What are your other perks? How much exactly are you costing the Taxpayers? per month? per year? Is this your own hard earned money or Taxpayers money? How much do you think your services are worth to South Africans per day in comparison to your cost per day? What do you do each day? Do you think you are worth all the money that you cost? Are you really a Communist? Is what you are a Communist? or enjoying the GRAVY TRAIN and appeasing the poor like your collegues with all your hogwash? You so called Communist leaders take the cake! NOT all South Africans are stupid you know!

      York Hunt - 2011-06-13 11:03

      @cgtours. Unfortunately most of the voters are though.

  • Wayne - 2011-04-27 17:22

    In other words...Hey comrade where is all this money you guys are making cos I want some....

  • Michael - 2011-04-27 18:23

    It is only the fatcat anc that is getting richer in this country.Just look at the cars they are driving.It is just a shame that not all the news reach the poor people in the rual areas.They must catch a whake up call and start changing their votes,but at last the anc will keep on exploiting their own people for their own gain.Look at parlement FAT CATS!

  • p123 - 2011-04-27 20:59

    What a joke, I had to check that it wasn't 01 April! What do Communists know about Economics??? Communism has failed in about 80 countries around the world, with about 3 left now (not for much longer now, Cuba and North Korea will change soon),the inventors of Communism the Russians couldn't avoid becoming a failed state. Great saying you must stop corruption by voting for the ANC who are champioing curruption from top-down!!! God, I feel like I am arguing with a 2 year-old child about the world being round and not flat! No Communist Party should exist in 2011...

  • sainsaudi - 2011-04-27 22:08

    "we must ask ourselves if our future generations will have this opportunity given the speed at which our environment is being destroyed in order for some to become rich", the SACP said. This statement gets to the heart of the matter. The environment here is not the natural environment. It's the environment that has been created by the ANC/Tripartite elite which has created a class of people who are above the law and not above using state resources as if it were their own. Reading between the lines, then, the SACP, the richest Communists the world has ever seen, are expressing a fear that is bothering them intensely. The money pie is getting smaller and smaller, and soon this environment will be gone. Future generations of the Tripartite elite won;e be able to loot any more. There will be nothing left except the bones of a once great country.They are talking about themselves, not about the so-called capitalists. At the heart of this is an attempt by reactionary forces to use our hard won democratic order to further their class interests. "Only the ANC led alliance victory will lay conditions for the exercise of people’s power," it said. Who are these reactionaries? The only time the Tripartite Alliance reacts is when there is money to channelled into their pockets. I suppose that they are pointing their sticky fingers at the DA and other parties. This shows that the Tripartite (apartite) Alliance does not have a clue how democracy works.

  • 2black pearl - 2011-04-27 23:08

    hiv/aids- very dangerous but communism even more

  • BornInTheRSA - 2011-04-28 07:28

    The Apartheid economy is kept alive in the minds of the ANC and it's alliances. This economy provides approximately 15 million social grants - as proudly claimed by Zuma yesterday (which president could ever be proud of that failure?). And the fat cats continue to get fatter. I'm sure the SACP would not want it any other way - unless they feel they are not getting enough space at the trough.

  • Andy - 2011-06-12 22:09

    South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others.

  • Benniten - 2011-06-12 22:56

    The word A P A R T H E I D, mugabe, malema, sa govt, uganda, china, iran, usa, bono, gadafi, korea and ja, the world is apartheid

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