Writer’s poison pen will not deter SACP

2015-09-20 15:00

The article “The myth of the Premier League” by Modise Mokgatle (City Press, September 13 2015) presents a concoction of baseless allegations against the SA Communist Party (SACP) and its general secretary, Blade Nzimande.

All the allegations should be condemned and dismissed in the strongest terms and are not worthy of being repeated.

Mokgatle is pushing his leadership preferences for the ANC’s 2017 conference. This is an act of ill-discipline. It’s the worst of factional and anti-alliance politics and a blatant violation that needs political disciplining.

If this fails, then disciplinary processes dealing with wilful violations of the ANC’s rules of conduct must be invoked.

The ANC has not opened leadership elections for 2017. It has made it clear its focus is on implementing its last national conference policy outcomes and last year’s election manifesto. It will hold a national general council (NGC) next month to reflect on progress and how to overcome the challenges facing democratic transformation.

Next year, the ANC will be leading its alliance partners, including the SACP, to win local government elections.

It has to retain all the wards it has won, increase the numbers and win the municipalities it could not win in 2011. The NGC will reflect on this task, which requires maximum unity.

The malice spread by Mokgatle and his like against the SACP poisons unity and must be nipped in the bud.

Factionalism involving individuals who prematurely advocate for new leadership without waiting for the ANC to first open the process is destructive.

Practitioners of factional politics have been involved in gatekeeping, stealing of membership forms from files to render some comrades nonmembers, patronage and corruption, which includes the use of dirty money to buy votes during internal elections.

The last alliance summit condemned this.

All alliance partners at the summit committed themselves to dealing decisively with such reactionary tendencies. Emerging from the 13th plenary session of its 13th congress central committee meeting at the end of August, the SACP resolutely affirmed its commitment to the programme and added two important measures.

There must be formal investigations into all attempts at the factional, corrupt and corporate capture of our movement.

Wherever there is proof of criminal conduct, criminal charges must be laid. There is no turning back from this.

It is important to note that neither in its central committee political report nor in its concluding press conference has the SACP mentioned any names of individuals or the positions they hold.

The party has neither coined the notion of the Premier League nor has it ever used such a hollow concept.

Mokgatle should read City Press instead of using it as a vehicle for impotent attacks aimed at trying to discredit the SACP and Nzimande for the dual purpose of seeking attention and advancing factionalism.

A City Press article shortly after the ANC Women’s League conference said the notion of the Premier League was coined by those involved in that group’s activities.

Mokgatle should rather have “accused” the SACP of being the first organisation in our country to call for a republic based on democratic majority rule.

It was the SACP that first developed the theories of the national democratic revolution leading to a national democratic state and which characterised the past oppressive regimes in South Africa as constituting colonialism of a special type.

The party would have pleaded guilty to these “crimes”.

Further, there can be no turning back from exposing and combating the new tendency whose main purpose is self-enrichment through the capture of our movement and the abuse of public resources.

Barnard is North West provincial secretary of the Young Communist League
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