First district congress a success

2018-07-11 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedSACP KwaDukuza leadership during the press conference to address resolutions of the recently held congress.

PHOTO: suppliedSACP KwaDukuza leadership during the press conference to address resolutions of the recently held congress.

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THE South African Communist Party in the Greater KwaDukuza District held its first district congress on Sunday, June 17, at iLembe Auditorium.

The congress merged what was the Greater KwaDukuza and Mandeni districts into a single district, in line with the resolutions of the 14th National Congress. The congress was convened and addressed by the Provincial Executive Committee under the theme “Socialism is the Future: Build it now!”.

In attendance were 129 delegates from the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA), Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), African National Congress (ANC), South African Students Congress (SASCO), Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and other guests.

The congress deliberated on a number of strategic issues affecting the working class and the unity of the working class as of paramount importance, among others. The keynote address was delivered by PEC member Skhumbuzo Mdlalose who said the congress interrogated the land question and expressed concern at the current land ownership patterns wherein the majority of land is still in the hands of the minority.

“Nevertheless, much as the land question remains a burning issue, congress noted the manipulative populist manner in which the expropriation of land without compensation has been structured, thus watering it down to mere emotionally-laden yet empty political rhetoric,” he said. The congress also deliberated on the scourge of community unrest and service delivery protests which have become prevalent in the district. “We firmly believe that this is a result of socio-economic realities facing our communities, in the main joblessness, rising inequalities, crass materialistic excesses, crime, slow-paced and/or non-existent delivery of services which need to be addressed once and for all,” he added.

On the matter of alliance relations, congress emphasised the change in the modus operandi of the movement. Delegates called for the reconfiguration of the alliance so that each alliance component retains its independence. They said no component should behave as if it has monopoly on decision making in all spheres of the general political life of the movement and government (municipalities).

Generally, delegates felt that COSATU, SANCO and the party are at the receiving end of a wide marginalisation. To this end, congress mandated the leadership to convene an Alliance Summit for all components to find each other.

Regarding the ongoing wage negotiations, the party threw its weight behind workers in demanding their surplus value, which is being exploited by the “greedy upper class”.

In conclusion, the party joined millions of South Africans in commemorating Youth Month and urged young people to rally behind the Young Communist League and all progressive youth formations in undertaking steps towards the realisation of democratic developmental socialist South Africa.

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