What ever happened to true Communism, Socialism

2009-12-09 08:47


ONE had expected that calls by certain individuals in the

tripartite alliance for the nationalisation of mines and wealth of mining moguls

Patrice Motsepe and Tokyo Sexwale would have at the least garnered support from

the SA Communist Party that purports to be the home of proponents of


To the contrary, the nationalisation issue came from the unexpected

sources and received the backing of equally unanticipated but probable forces of

the ANC Youth League, labour federation Cosatu and the National Union of

Metalworkers SA (Numsa).

Nowhere in the above organizations’ constitutions will one find

communism and capitalism, nationalisation and privatisation, but strangely the

noise and support come from their members and not where it was expected from,

the SACP, which is guided by the principles of Marxism-Leninism.

For Gwede Mantashe, chairperson of the SACP, to stand up and shout

at the top of his voice saying people who are calling for nationalisation and

socialisation of the wealth of the mining magnates smack of blatant opportunism

and betrayal of the highest order, is uncalled for, rude and confusing

considering his standing in the red movement.

Mantashe, a deployee of the SACP in government should have at least

hailed and supported his comrades in the Youth League, Cosatu and Numsa.

In addition, it was bizarre for Jeremy Cronin, the SACP deputy

secretary-general, to launch a veiled but clear attack on the Youth League

president, Julius Malema, when the latter made the call for nationalisation.


was even worse when the man who is supposed to be leading from the front, the

SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande, especially in light of these calls being

made at the height of Red October, remain deafeningly silent.

(Karl) Marx, (Friedrich) Engel and (Vladimir) Lenin must all be

turning in disgust from their graves.

One can be excused for saying that in South Africa we no longer

have Communists but commies with a small “c”, as Cope’s spokesperson Phillip

Dexter recently confessed.

In addition, one deserves to be pardoned for postulating that the

present-day commies are only obsessed with “bling”, which can only be accessed

through the use of the ANC as a conduit, as Cronin once said when his fellow

comrades wanted their beloved party to contest election on its own.

Since being strategically deployed to advance the aims of the

Communists in government, Nzimande in particular appears to have lost the

Communist compass. He failed to take advantage of the workers’ “spontaneous

upsurge”, to steal from Lenin, that happened recently during the strike season,

and rally the proletariat against the evil system of capitalism.

Instead, he was

preoccupied with things that got a lot to do with capitalism than Communism and


The SACP, because of political expediency of its pseudo-communist

and self-centred leaders is fast being transformed into an (un)democratic party

of social reform.

One needs to look no further than its begging of banks, themselves

cornerstones of capitalism, to be considerate when dispensing loans to the


In light of this, it is important for genuine Communists still in

the party to robustly debate “What is to be done? Burning questions of our

movement”, as Lenin once wrote.

In the absence of genuine Communists organisations, the ANC Youth

League and Cosatu will continue to occupy centre-stage, which isn’t any of their


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