Nzimande: We won't abandon the ANC

2012-08-05 20:54

Johannesburg - The SACP will not abandon the ANC despite increasing criticism about their relationship, general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Sunday.

"Our modern day detractors, from the comfort zone of their foreign-funded NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and academic institutions, criticise our principled alliance with the ANC. They say that we cling to the ANC," he said.

"When there were difficulties in the SACP-ANC relationship they celebrated, and accused us of behaving like a battered wife, and when the alliance is going well, as it largely is in the present, they complain that the SACP is exerting 'undue influence' over the ruling party."

Nzimande was speaking at a rally marking the SA Communist Party's 91st anniversary, at the Johannesburg City Hall.

He said the SACP's detractors claimed it lacked the courage to stand on its own in elections.

"Who are these fools who were nowhere to be seen in the course of the dark struggle days against apartheid-colonialism? Who are these hypocrites who now pretend to give us a lesson in courage?" he asked.


"Let us remind them that in the grimmest hours of struggle, communists were in the forefront of building the ANC, the very organisation that they now advise us to abandon," Nzimande said.

"We will not abandon the ANC. Together with principled revolutionaries, we will also not, and never, allow the ANC to be stolen by tenderpreneurs and agents of imperialism... No matter how much they insult us, history is on our side."

Nzimande read out a list of communists who died in the struggle against apartheid before criticising former president FW de Klerk.

Last week De Klerk said the spirit of inclusiveness and reconciliation embodied by former president Nelson Mandela was no longer prevalent in the country.

He said the SACP was one of the driving forces behind what he called "radical ANC policies".

"FW de Klerk should hang his head in shame. FW de Klerk must shut up. Say what you want to say [about the SACP]. We know you do not like us."


Nzimande, who also serves as the minister of higher education, said the late delivery of textbooks in Limpopo was as a result of the "deliberate tenderisation of the state".

"The publication of textbooks and their procurement should be a centralised function," he said.

"Instead, what we have is a system of rent-seeking go-betweens, suppliers of suppliers of suppliers, working with syndicates within our provincial line departments. Publishers themselves are making a killing."

He said the country should use the saga to transform the textbook publishing industry "whose core still remains that built by the National Party and the apartheid regime".

He also criticised the legal NGO, Section27, which took the department of basic education to court to force the delivery of textbooks.

"Going to court will not change the issue. The court can rule a million times, but if there is no structure [in the province] how can the books be delivered. People need to be mobilised instead."

He also criticised "professional cynics" who did not acknowledge the country's accomplishments.

"Those professional cynics, we tell them we are having swimming champions [in the Olympics], and they say 'yes, but you still can't deliver textbooks'," Nzimande said.

"Those people who pretend to be judges, who is judging them?"


He said the party wanted to see a united African National Congress ahead of its elective conference in Mangaung at the end of the year.

"Those who go with dirty money to the ANC - as tenderpreneurs - ahead of Mangaung, you will have to deal with the communists before the ANC. None of our organisations are for sale."

ANC national executive member and Justice Minister Jeff Radebe told the rally earlier that the ANC needed the SACP.

"They were the first truly non-racial movement in our country. We owe one of our own most important principles - that of non-racialism - to the Communist Party."

The Johannesburg City Hall was awash with the SACP's characteristic red and black colours, as members stamped their feet, sang songs and waved flags ahead of Nzimande speech.

At the foot of the stage were two large red cakes, surrounded by bottles of champagne.

Printed on the cakes were: "91 years of militant struggle for socialism" and "1921 - 2012".

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 21:20

    Of course not! Who abandons the source of unlimited riches when one is in the inner circle and on "the list"

      Squeegee - 2012-08-05 21:34

      "Even though this ship is sinking and the Captain is building his retirement village, we will not abandon it..."

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-05 21:46

      Of course you won't abandon the ANC Blade, it would mean the end of your salary and you would have to hand back that million buck BMW would then become non existent!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-05 21:49

      @squeegee - ah yes (doh!) R2Bn reasons not to :)

      farmfreund - 2012-08-05 22:15

      Its not going to take much longer then we will see a lot of funny moments, i can wait to the this circus develop, African politics at its best,

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-08-06 10:04

      Only the "leaders" in a communistic regime share in the wealth, the workers never see any of it. And still you get the masses vote for them because they don't have the intelligence to know otherwise!

  • Erna - 2012-08-05 21:20

    Of course they won't abandon the anc - they are nothing without them!

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-08-06 07:12

      "Nzimande read out a list of communists who died in the struggle against apartheid........" Shortest list in living memory??

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-06 08:09

      Can anybody please remind me how many members the Communist Party has? At the last count is was 35 000. Less than the HNP!

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-05 21:25

    Rather they choose to be in the ANC and abandom the SACP....Gwede Mantashe left the SACP for the ANC because there is bread and butter the other side..Nzimande is an oppotunist!

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-06 10:02

      Tumisang, Sorry friend, Mantashe did not leave the SACP. He is a staunch member. But since Fikile, with the support of Malema, wants Mantashe's job, we will see what happens at Mangaung.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-05 21:26

    Damn right we don't like you..die you communist scum!

  • press.enter.12 - 2012-08-05 21:26

    Same old "stuggle" rethoric from a previous century - where did these people get stuck in their political development . . . . . . . But yeah - we understand why you dont want ro submit yourself to the vagaracies of a modern democracy - your cadre enrichment nonsense might just not be the stuff favoured by the people . .

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-08-05 21:28

    He is not stupid enough to jump of Gravy Train.

      farmfreund - 2012-08-05 22:13

      but ugly enough

  • salomon.vanderwath - 2012-08-05 21:30

    This idiot and his so-called argaic party is of no importance!! Stop reporting anything they say!!

  • Cameron - 2012-08-05 21:33

    it's the suppliers. it's the system. it's the tenderpreneurs. it's the syndicates. it's the officials. EVERYBODY is to blame for the textbooks crisis except the Minister and the government. No accountability, no responsiblity and no shame. a shabbly excuse for a "people's" champion.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-08-06 06:10

      Well at least it's not Aphartieds or the white mans fault this time?

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-06 07:43

      Of course it's apartheid, read the article again - "still the same core ... built by ...apartheid."

  • luthando.yaso - 2012-08-05 21:56

    Yellow Communist!

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-08-05 22:19

    You can say that again if you've got a nice peace of cake in the ANC.

  • pws69 - 2012-08-05 22:19

    If the SACP are so sure of their support, why don't they run for election? Is it possibly because they won't get even 1% of the vote?

      Priesterb - 2012-08-06 08:26

      They are a bunch of spineless ticks and parasites preying on the ANC. True, they will never stand alone in an election as they will be exposed.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-05 22:21

    Yes rubberface, why leave the gravy train once you are finally on board? It's sad that your gullible followers don't understand the coded language you are using. But one day they will ... hopefully soon enough

  • thozi - 2012-08-05 22:31

    Please don't tell him what (Ms) Mary Robinson said about the ANC - his distorted brain may just explode - you know how loud little doggies bark when they think that their masters are being threatened. Of course it's just a loud, useless, harmless and noisy bark... nothing to worry about.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-05 22:39

    .. though your house may come tumbling down, if you've got friends and neighbours ..."

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-05 23:18

    Nothing to comment except, what an arrogant man. You will eat your words one day Nzimande....

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-08-06 01:01

    I bet they wish you would. It would mean more money for them!!.

  • mboma.maligana - 2012-08-06 02:58

    Not need to say. SACP cannot abondon ANC because it wil be foolish for few people to stand on their own. SACP on its own cannot get 50 votes. I mean 50 not 50%, SACP cannt get 50 votes so why would they abondone ANC. Besides without ANC nzimande BMW & series is not there.

      Lefa Makhata - 2012-08-06 05:24

      Honestly ANC don't need SACP but SACP need ANC so that they can be drive fancy cars.

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-06 05:01

    "They were the first truly non-racial movement in our country." The ANC racist regime - architects of AA and BBBEE.Of quotas in sport, and selective (black) only participation in share schemes for parastatals. The same party that expropriated land to give to blacks - that has failed by their own admission because these black farmers got no support. Their own Jimmy Manyi heads up the BMF and the B doesent stand for "blankes". The same ANC that waxes lyrical about white people on the land - that needs to change hands. Whites in mining - that needs to be nationalised. The ANC my dear friend BLUNT POCKET KNIFE, is as RACIST as they come....

  • mzukisijola.jose1 - 2012-08-06 05:07

    After mangaung you will change the tune coz zuma will be in jail for corruption

  • Hermann - 2012-08-06 06:39

    Good example of the flee (PAC) riding on the Dog's (ANC) back to get across the road.

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-06 07:06

      120% right

  • fanyana.cele - 2012-08-06 06:43

    Nzimande is not a communist but a capitalist infact thers no communist in SA,the real communist are in Cuba and other countries.You cant insult FW DE KLERK bcos he contributed so much towards democratic dispensation in this country.By the way i love my ANC.

  • ratsaka.eugene - 2012-08-06 06:44

    The SACP will not abandon the ANC for few reasons, 1, they know what happened to the PAC, 2. They are as corrupt as the ANC monkies 3. Le' good life (from our taxes, siesa). 4. No intellectuals to carry communism through. Nzimande is right on one thing though, De Klerk should just zip it, after condoning apartheid policies on international media, sies, just zip it old timer, wait for your timely death.

  • - 2012-08-06 07:11

    Of course they won't because the SACP is nothing without the ANC. How a communist party backs a party that is on the other extreme of communism is something I rather not think about for too long as I might injure myself.

  • sarel.brits - 2012-08-06 07:23

    Wha ha ha ha ha the ramblings of a fool heading a dead horse party who`s ideologies went extinct even before apartheid did, like a tick on a fat cow trying to get the ANC to stop gorging itself on the green grass with no luck because this cow as smelt the Money.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-06 07:30

    The SACP - last refuge of the zombies who want to be paid but are too stupid to earn.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-06 07:37

    "tenderisation of the state" ??? Maybe he is talking about his cut of the carcass.

  • Koos - 2012-08-06 07:38

    Spell “education” Nzimande. Does this guy actually think anyone believes him?

  • kent.paulsen.79 - 2012-08-06 07:46

    Herre, this guys talks soo much s%*t!!!!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-06 08:08

    SACP are a bunch of useless leaches

  • wisani.mathonsi1 - 2012-08-06 08:15

    Both De klerk and Nzimande should shut up, Infact blade should shut up and sit down. Whats the relevance of the sacp in the now politics? This man has killed the sacp of Chris Hani, Joe Slovo.. What are they programmes of action.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-06 10:07

      Wisani, if Blade shut up and sit down, no one will notice him. Shame, no one will miss him either.

  • patson.nedzamba - 2012-08-06 08:18

    You simple have much to gain in this symbiotic relationship. The fact is that you cannot survive on your own

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-08-06 08:19

    Or in any case as long as Blade stays a minister, bet money he will strip his ....... if he get fired.

  • Ayanda Mathunjwa - 2012-08-06 08:20

    Blah blah blah.... We don't need a history lesson Blade, we need progressive leaders and you aint one of those, you stuck in the past you all always find it necessary to mention the old White government and how horrible it was, you not the only one who lived through those days, you and your ANC buddies should stop using fear to galvanise the people, these guys remind me of G W Bush, vote for me or the terrorist will get you LOL.

  • gghtssmop - 2012-08-06 08:28

    Phuza face is funny- he thinks we are stupid!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-06 08:44

    We will abandon principles; we will abandon the people of S.A., but we won't abandon the ANC - the conduit of our personal affluence.

  • shavhanieric.netshifhefhe - 2012-08-06 08:58


  • rasthami.m1 - 2012-08-06 09:03

    Well blade ANC doesn't need you at all you are actually of no use to ANC -what you were trying to say is you hope and pray that ANC doesn't abandon after leadership changes in Mangaung ,hope you gonna be in a safe side of the fence when mangaung comes because we are cleaning up

  • - 2012-08-06 09:08

    Dear Mr Minister - it is not the publishers whose "core still remains that built by the National Party and the apartheid regime" who caused your little embarrassment - you were embarrassed by your commie pals who rather than doing the jobs they were appointed to do, were running around to get their hands on their share of the billions being stolen from the country every year. Please Mr Minister, just for once in your life, accept responsibility for the consequences of the policy of cadre deployment and stop to always try and find someone else to blame for the failings of the policy you so avidly support.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-06 09:10

    No Blade, if you really cared for the people and country, with the CORRUPTION rife in the anc, you should consider fighting this CORRUPTION from the outside,that is if you can put your money where your mouth is unless you are scared of being out in the cold.

  • markallenrsa - 2012-08-06 09:41

    Blade my man, it might be the other way around, the SACP are insignificant

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-06 09:49

    Were you not an IFP member? I don't think you have a choice but to stick to the anc. Because you're not gonna win anything with that 26 following of yours. By the way who are you referring to when you say de klerk 'don't like us'? Aren't you tired of this black and white argument yet? Why do you always want to be the victim?

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-06 09:59

    Geez, that will make the ANC feel good. Blade won't leave the ANC, he knows where the butter and jam comes from. Typical fair weather communist.

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2012-08-06 10:04

    Haha, they CAN'T abandon the ANC

  • bonaqua.delpero - 2012-08-06 10:08

    Blade I believe you knew from previous years that textbooks are not been dilivered in some provinces and yet you don't have a proper plan to how you going to fix that....And I can tell you,you can't have a plan while you and your guys are involve in the same scandals of improper tender issuing,favouritism,lack of planning and ongoing CORRUPTIOn in your own department....!!!! So go and do your bloody job and stop making stupid comments as if we are listening to you.......hope you get the message clear idiot....!!!!!!!!!

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-08-06 10:21

    SO you claim that the SACP is the only true non-racial organisation and then state, "whose core still remains that built by the National Party and the apartheid regime"???? Ummm isn't that a bit racist and well just plain stupid??? I can't seem to ever remember text books not being delivered before the ANC was in power. Blade, keep voting for a failing party the fact of the matter is that now the ANC is run by money and power hungry fool who don't care about anything or anyone else not even you! At least the ANC is its own worst enemy and we can all only hope that the party emplodes and we can see a new ruling party in this great country.

  • siyambukaarchibald.sikrweqe - 2012-08-06 10:45

    Blade Ndzimande mst learn to take Constructive Criticism.. You can't say people are fools because they disagree with you.... Was he drunk?

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-06 10:46

    Sheesh, what a clown this self-serving bigot is. An oxygen-thief of mega proportions. What the hell does this fool know about education??? Obviously believes his own bulls**t!

  • china.phashe - 2012-08-06 11:21

    You mean you can't get off the gravy train,hahahahaaa! i like you Blade,you never tot in your life time you will drive a R1.8m car good for you bra.enjoy it while it still lasts.

  • zikhona3 - 2012-08-06 12:28

    This man is killing SACP,he is opportunist. He will never let go nice life where are the real communist. Go back to Marxist philosophy, Zuma

  • thabo.shaku - 2012-08-06 13:17

    Stating the OBVIOUS!