SACP has proud history: Nzimande

2012-07-31 22:19

Johannesburg - The SA Communist Party took pride in its role in South Africa's political history as it celebrated its 91st birthday on Tuesday.

"We were proud to be part of liberating the country," said general secretary Blade Nzimande.

SACP had been an educator, he said.

"This was the first communist party on the African continent and was one of the first non-racial parties."

He was speaking at the party's cake-cutting ceremony in Johannesburg.

The SACP was not only an educator in politics but on many other issues.

"Look at trade unionism. We formed Umkhonto We Sizwe jointly," said Nzimande. "We were the first ones to say, watch the financial sector carefully."

He said the SACP could not celebrate 91 years without celebrating the ANC's centenary.

"We have been in the trenches with the ANC for most of our existence. We are unapologetic about this," Nzimande said.

The ANC and Cosatu joined the SACP for the cake-cutting ceremony.

Congress of SA Trade Unions' president Sdumo Dlamini said the party was tasked with leading South Africa into a socialist state.

"The SACP is able... It's taking us forward," Dlamini said.

"We [Cosatu] trust the party... there is no nobody in Cosatu who does not trust the SACP."

Dlamini said Cosatu would continue to work with the SACP.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe also gave the SACP a message of support from the ruling party.

"Some of the most dedicated cadres of the ANC were communists," Mantashe said.

"It is the party of people like... Moses Mabhida, Chris Hani and Ruth First."

Mantashe wished the SACP a very happy birthday.

The SACP will hold a rally to commemorate its anniversary on August 5 at the Johannesburg City Hall.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 22:37

    erm, the only liberating you've done lately is of public funds. We've had history up the wazoo. You guys so fascinated with your own history have failed to see the future which whilst you've been applauding yourselves, has become history.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-01 10:36

      Well said!

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-08-01 00:38

    Not quite proud enough to test your electoral support at the ballots, Blade. Only parasiting on the ANC's flabby back.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-01 04:25

    While the world is constantly being reminded of the ‘evil Hitler/Verwoerd’ and others, the worst evildoers of them all – the communists, are totally ignored and who have been responsible for over 150-million deaths throughout the world through torture, executions and starvation. And the deaths still continue under despots like Mugabe and other African leaders, the late Samora Machel of Mocambique, Angostino Neto of Angola, countries like Ethopia, Eritrea, the Sudan, the Congo, etc, etc. And don’t forget our ‘dear’ friend, Fidel Castro of Cuba… Then, of course, we have our own precious bunch of rascals here – Mbeki, Mandela, Asmal, Blade Nzimandi, Jeremy Cronin, Ronnie Kasrils, et al – all faithful party members of this evil alliance. Let’s look a some figures and compare them with the highly-questionable 6-million jews under Hitler, but has been proven false by no less than Jews themselves, as well as the so-called ‘murders’ of these self-same communists by the security forces of the previous regime:.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-08-01 05:06

    And now your ideology has no worth. Communism doesn't work, wake up!

      alf.pop - 2012-08-05 21:15

      Neither do communists - look at bra Blade! He has never done a decent day's work in his miserable, tax-payer funded life! His only expertise is in red wine and Blue Label Whisky. The latter only if it is free! Bloody leeches the lot of them.

  • matt.cumming.77 - 2012-08-01 06:51

    How can close to 0% of the National vote be proud?

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-01 06:52

    Just a mask for dictatorship. 91 years of achieving nothing. Only got nice red tshirts and big cars for bosses. Know how to make irrelevant noise and provide zero value. Bunch of fat cats who fool the crowd.

  • piet.boerie - 2012-08-01 06:59

    History is the right word comrade. History. What trenches were you in, ooh those ones at the Mozambiquen indoctrination camps 17000 cliks from the frontline. Secondly comrade the war is over 20 years ago, change your milatant cadre mindset from last century to now. Thats right you are selling outdated failed doctrines of the past. History comrade history.

  • john.cryink - 2012-08-01 07:32

    What has any socialist/communist have to be proud of Hitler was a socialist fifty million was killed because of it. Communists Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, killed even more people not one capatalist have ever killed so many. Myself? All my life I was only an artisan and not one free marketer or capatalist ever threatened to lock me up or to shoot me

  • rammie.choene1 - 2012-08-01 08:22

    I Remember:Ray Alexander,Brian bunting,Cheryl Carolus,Jeremy Cronin:Chris dlamini,John Gomomo,Harry,Chris Hani,Ronnie kasrils,Ahmed kathrada,Moses mayekiso,Govan mbeki.Raymond Mhlaba,Sydney Mufamadi

  • david.g.preez - 2012-08-01 09:38

    Comrade? Communism? Dear old Blade has no idea on real Communism. His idea is similar to an African Collective System. His idea is to drive a nice car, draw a nice salary, jump to the beginning of a que - if anyone care to remeber - Comrades and commumnism is an antiquated and dated concept, that has been proven wrong all over the world.

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-08-01 11:43

    They're a bunch of parasites. They can't can't stand on their own as a party. First election and they are history never to be heard of again.

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