SACP in KZN launches aggressive campaign to ensure ANC victory

2014-02-11 00:00

THE South African Communist Party (SACP) in KwaZulu-Natal is leaving nothing to chance in its attempts to ensure its ally, the ANC, secures an overwhelming victory in the May 7 elections.

In an apparent response to Numsa who have stated they won’t be supporting the ANC, the KZN SACP has made it mandatory for its members to participate in ANC’s door-to-door campaign. “There are no apologies or exemptions except death in the family,” said SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

The aggressive campaign of the KZN SACP, launched last Friday, has also set its sights on countering “hostile” media and “opposition propaganda” and providing a newsletter highlighting the successes of the ANC-led government. “It must act as an alternative media … It will simultaneously act as a provincial war room working hand-in-hand with ANC media unit,” the SACP said.

The party is also planning to reach out to people residing in the affluent suburbs of Durban North, as well as Ballito, Hillcrest and Umhlanga.

Yesterday, Mthembu said the role of the SACP was not just to campaign for an ANC victory, but to defend the democracy that was under threat.

“It is the duty of the communists to defend the hard-fought democracy,” Mthembu said.

“The party believes that it is extremely important to defend our democracy and ensure an overwhelming victory for the ANC so that it will continue with the programmes of delivering services to the people, especially the working classes,” he added.

Mthembu described the upcoming elections as a turning point in the country’s history. “This election will be the fight between the capitalists in the disguise of the new-born democrats and the real working class that is under the strong leadership of the Tripartite Alliance.”

Highlighting the achievements of the ANC-led government was at the centre of their campaign, Mthembu said, as well as “declaring war against working class marginalisation and anti-majoritarian liberal offensive”.

The SACP plans to reach out to different sectors of society in a variety of ways such as house meetings, Red Fridays, panel discussions and seminars to discuss topical matters.

“It is intended that at least two sessions or events per campus be organised. Some events will be organised at upmarket areas like Hillcrest, Um­hlanga and Ballito,” Mthembu said.

To ensure compliance among SACP party members when it comes to promoting the ANC, the party has ordered its leaders to monitor members involved in the campaign. “Branches must report on participating members on a weekly basis.”

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