Action must be thought out

2016-02-10 06:00

XHANTI TEKI, Kimberley:

AFRICANS in general and black people in particular have through centuries traversed racial injustices imposed by colonialists.

The arrival of settlers, the frontier wars, the enactment of draconian laws, the regime’s paternalistic posture, the implications of poll tax and the subsequent enactment of the 1913 Land Act clearly signify the deep interconnection between the class exploitation of capitalism and oppression based on race.

Unlike the Socratic negative method of hypothesis elimination where individuals ask and answer questions to stimulate critical thinking and illuminate ideas, the contemporary revolutionaries have an inherent responsibility of understanding the thesis, anti-thesis and synthesis related to racism in particular.

Elementary politics dictate class, gender and race oppression which found systematic expression, because of advancement by a white minority. Idealists of course believe that apartheid was the “ill-will” and “evil intentions” of white people, whilst dialectically the synthesis would be different. Phrased differently, materialists would view apartheid as class exploitation with an intent of creating a highly profitable machinery for capitalism.

Politics are not static, they change all the time.

Perhaps we should assess the following:

After the ushering in of the new constitutional dispensation, what form has racism taken – how has it adapted?

It is quite clear that there is no institutionalisation of racism, but then again: Where have the remnants of the rotten fruit of apartheid found solace?

Where are they harbouring their thinking?

Have they disappeared into oblivion or have they changed their modus to operate within the system disguised in the form of right-wing non-governmental organisations (NGO) and other unprogressive political parties of neo-liberal posture?

The ANC Youth League, the youth wing of the ANC, the league of Majombozi, Sisulu, Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Potlako Leballo, Anton Lembede, Oliver Tambo, Ashby Peter Mda and Joe Mathews, will never sit idle and entertain racism wherever it finds manifestation.

Dialego in 1975 wrote: “Those who imagine that all revolutionaries need to do is act, forget that action on its own is not enough (strictly speaking, it is not even possible).

“No matter how passionately we hate oppression and wish to see things change, there is only one force capable of eliminating colonialism, capitalism and reaction, and that is the oppressed and exploited masses led by an organisation of revolutionaries.

“Yet once we talk about a movement, a party and a programme we are not simply talking about action, we are talking about action which has been thought out, for the only way in which anyone can plan activity and produce a programme is through revolutionary thinking . . . or the more difficult and dangerous the tasks facing revolutionaries, the more developed and carefully worked out their theoretical perspectives need to be.”

Our Actions are thought out.

Our Thinking is revolutionary.


  • Teki wrote this letter in his personal capacity. He is the deputy secretary of the ANC Youth League in the province, and media liaison officer at the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs ­(CoGHSTA).

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