Blade is no Lenin

2012-06-16 10:00

The architect of the path to South Africa’s socialist revolution – and its destruction – is the educated revolutionary Dr Blade Nzimande, who is also secretary-general of the SA Communist Party (SACP), and minister of higher education and training.

The man brings fear to my heart.

The party he leads has had noteworthy moments in its history (president Nelson Mandela rightly pointed out that some members of the communist party were the first to treat black people as equals, unafraid of the social ostracism that was certain to follow), but many things about the comrades go unmentioned:

» The fact that the banner raised during the 1922 Rand Rebellion that prime minister Jan Smuts so viciously repressed read “workers of the world, unite and fight for a white South Africa”;

» The fact that following on premier Joseph Stalin’s treatise on the right of nations to self-determination, the Communist Party of South Africa was the first to support a black republic, a Bantustan in the image of the many “stans” created in the Soviet Union to accommodate minorities;

» Following on Stalin’s perverse dictate that evolutionary biology and Mendelian genetics were wrong because they were politically incorrect (based on the advice of his amateur agronomist Trofim Lysenko), the SACP branded the founder of its youth league and famous botanist Eddie Roux as a right-wing counter-revolutionary;

» When the purges and show trials of Bolshevik friends and foes alike took place on a bigger scale, the comrades turned a blind eye to the 20 million people who passed through the infamous Gulags. And when all was revealed during president Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost, the comrades had nothing to say either;

» When Stalin concluded the Non-Aggression Treaty with German dictator Adolf Hitler, the comrades said yay, and when he changed sides after Hitler broke his word and joined the Allies, the comrades said yay again; and

» When the Warsaw Pact nations, led by the Soviet Union, invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968 to stop Dubcek’s Prague Spring, the comrades shed no tear for the 108 people killed and 500 wounded.

There is more, but this is sufficient a sample that the SACP has been one of the more slavishly obedient and unprincipled instrument of the motherland’s misguided internationalism.

This party is now run in the post-cold war period by Dr Nzimande, who regards South Africa’s Constitution as a bourgeois nice-to-have and a document of no real consequence other than that it is an irritation to someone who believes in the selective use of the hard power of what Leninists call excitative terror.

There is something truly obscene about a minister of higher education leading a march on an art gallery and calling for the destruction of
a work of art he doesn’t like. Of course, this is the same minister who is firmly calling for a media tribunal.

Dr Nzimande has the nerve to tell university departments to offer courses on the so-called developmental state because it is the politically correct thing to do.

Much like Stalin set back world-class Soviet biology by telling the science community what to teach and research. But why stop there, comrade minister?

He describes the DA not as a party with which he disagrees. He sees us as the enemy.

He says he faces a “neoliberal onslaught”!

The SACP is a small and unelected party, and Nzimande needs an unbreakable thread with Cosatu.

To succeed, he needs to get a grip on the state instruments of intelligence and organised violence.

Perhaps that is why he has aspirations of becoming the state’s deputy president, for President Jacob Zuma’s power is precisely his hold over intelligence, the police and defence force.

For those who know Russian history, it is important to remember that the Russian Revolution was made not under Tsarist rule, but under Alexander Kerensky’s weak and incoherent government.

We are not Russia and, as much as Dr Nzimande wishes that his rather than Zuma’s face had been painted by Brett Murray, he is no Vladimir Lenin either.

Still, this is a reckless man who has little qualms about destroying what remains of the Mandela legacy by leading his so-called vanguard SACP into a socialist revolution.

» The SACP missed deadlines to provide a promised rebuttal.

» James is an MP and DA federal chairperson 

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