SACP must take responsibility: Nzimande

2012-03-24 21:01

Johannesburg – The SA Communist Party must take responsibility for the national democratic revolution, general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Saturday.

"As the SACP and part of our revolutionary alliance, we dare not make the mistake of behaving as if we are spectators in the national revolutionary alliance," he said.

He was speaking at the party's provincial congress in Benoni, Gauteng.

"We cannot behave as if we are an opposition force to government," he said to applause from the delegates.

He said that the party, as communists, should not allow their "enemies" to distract them.

"We must not leave an inch for the enemies," he warned.

He said as the vanguard of the working class, the SACP must seek to position the working class to play its role as a leading force for the national democratic revolution.

"That is why our programme instructs all communist to be in all key terrain and fronts of struggle, and must not leave an inch for the enemies or detractors of our revolution." Nzimande said the SACP must also safeguard its independence.

No contradiction

"It is only an independent SACP that can make a meaningful contribution in consolidating and deepening the national democratic revolution as our most direct route to socialism."

He said there was no contradiction for being independent and being in all sites of struggle, as much as that there was no contradiction between an independent SACP and individual communists being members of the ANC, Congress of SA Trade Unions, and the SA National Civic Organisation.

"Being in the ANC, Cosatu and Sanco, and all terrains and fronts of struggle is precisely the way through, which as communist, we take responsibility for the revolution."

He also called on the Young Communist League (YCL) to be everywhere including the ANC Youth League.

"The ANCYL belong to young people of this country," he said.

"There can never be economic freedom under capitalism, you cannot be fighting for economic freedom and be against communism."

Smash capitalism

Delegates wearing the party's red T-shirt's and caps, cheered and shouted as he spoke.

The conference hall was coloured red with posters calling for the total ban of labour brokers and e-tolls.

"We demand reliable public transport not e-toll," read one poster.

"SACP says smash capitalism," read another poster.

Nzimade said the party has made a significant progress since its last national congress, including the incorporation of a large amount of the Polokwane resolutions into the government's programme of action, and the National Health Insurance.

He said though there had been progress, unemployment, poverty and inequalities were still problems facing the working class.

He said the party prided itself on being an integral part of fighting those problems and leading numerous workers' struggle.

"We have been part of the evolution of trade union movement in our country, culminating in the formation and growth of Cosatu."

He called on party members not to be distracted by lone voices in Cosatu that were against the SACP.

  • JungleJim - 2012-03-24 21:14

    as long as communist love the anc yoth league. then we will suport u blade

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 21:32

      Too much power in than hand of one government is just dangerous for any country and its people. We see the closest to freedom in countries where is a regular change in power.

      JungleJim - 2012-03-24 22:05

      you are all anti=revolutionery. malema was right about you whites

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 22:07

      What revolution are you actually talking about? Revolution is normally about going forward, not backward. And brother, Malema loves us, he will DIE for us.

      Oscar - 2012-03-24 22:38

      "..our most direct route to socialism". So then the NP was a 100% correct about the ROOI GEVAAR communist scum that wants to take over the country. Could someone please define this second revolution in terms of objectives and goals because if it is the same as described in the ANC's Green Book the we are all f...cked. How is it possible in this day and age that anyone can still support communism/socialism accept for those like Blade and Malema that see themselves as part of the bourgeois? Is the average South African really this stupid and ignorant?

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-24 22:41

      Glad to see you got your photo right on facebook, that explains your thinking processes.

      Vince.York - 2012-03-25 06:31

      Communists "TAKE CHARGE OF DEMOCRACY"???? Can you all NOT SEE the nonsense in this concept & statement? Next thing you will all be stating is that zuma is democratic in his way of thinking - as he plods on further down the murky illusionary tunnel of supporting despots and dictators.

      Trevor - 2012-03-25 14:16

      Cheap politics from Blade. The only reason he speaks out for such inclusion is cos he is vying for a top 5 position at the ANC conference later this this space. The left can never be the centre and the centre can never be the left stop sitting on the fence waiting for some scraps for your 'alliance' vote...

  • Smell - 2012-03-24 21:15

    No offence to the working class (in the context of RSA largely the non-working class), but their really is something to be said for well educated people and business having a substantial say in governance. The toothless masses are good for achieving revolution, but things can get really scary if their worst biases set the tone for governance.

  • Christelle - 2012-03-24 21:27

    Smash Capitalism?? - and then.....Socialism, communism? Who will support the "I demands, and the I deserves" Certainly not the state - ours is far to busy supporting themselves.

      Martin - 2012-03-24 22:08

      I agree , why dosn't he give back his capitalist cars and houses.Arsehole!!!!

  • Merkwaardig - 2012-03-24 21:30

    When do any of you plan to actually start working?

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 21:38

      With the "I demand and I deserve" it is really not about working. It is about being paid a salary for doing nothing. Do these people not read the history = Do they have the foggiest idea what communism is really about. THE GOVERNMENT has so much control over you they can almost tell you when and where to eat! There is zero freedom in communism. Ugh......

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-24 21:37

    There is no -ism or -ist in freedom and democracy.

  • Arthur - 2012-03-24 22:01

    Who are the enemies? Maybe keep your mouth shut and appear to be daft, than open it and remove all doubt. Much of the intelligent youth of South Africa are making valuable contributions in countries that appreciate intelligence and hard work.So let the ANCYL claim ownership of the mostly rabble thats left.

  • Atholl - 2012-03-24 22:06

    Blade Nzimande - Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande - Nickname: 'Blade' SA Minister of Higher Education and Training At the very least, a minister of education should know that 'socialism' means that a policy of --the 'national democratic revolution' and "SACP says smash capitalism," -- is a nice sounding way for the {problem} - poverty - to springboard a {reaction} - to identify the 'enemy' (Capitalism) which leads to a {solution} - socialist system to solve the apparent {problem} ..... but in reality ... the {solution} that is being advertised as an {educated solution} results in a {Bigger problem} whereby EVERYONE - mostly due to the lack of skills that should have been taught - will be EQUALLY POOR except for the chosen FEW who will be EQUALLY PRIVILEGED at the expense of the MANY.

  • Dave - 2012-03-24 22:07

    Blade, Let's start by taking the ill gotten gains from your cANCer mates, and re-distributing to the masses from the boot of your 1 Million Rand automobile, that law abiding TAXPAYERS paid for. YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE,PAR EXCELLENCE.

  • Luviwe - 2012-03-24 22:12

    This is just a marriage of convinience. At a certain point in time it will crack, as the signs are there for everyone to see. There are too many idiologies which clash. Look at Blade, he is living the life of a capitalist calling himself a communist, what a contradiction. As things stand they will should I say fighting among themselves. It is what is it for me.

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 22:15

      Luviwe, every single one talking the talk, are the ones living the live of capitalism. And they are fooling their poor supporters and keeping themselves in power by talking the talk. They are power and money hungry conmen. And you know, the real power to change things, sits in the hands of the electorate.

      Christelle - 2012-03-24 22:16

      Sorry, it is live the life.........

  • Dave - 2012-03-24 22:18

    Blade, The word RESPONSIBILTY is not part of SACP's vocabulary.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-24 23:05

    Dear Blade, Who are the enemies? Who are the communists? Where are the communists in the world today?

  • Lebza - 2012-03-25 00:27

    We need action stop talking too much no e-toll and ban labour broker done

      JungleJim - 2012-03-25 07:19

      we are moblizing ground, etoll will be scraped

  • Mncedisi - 2012-03-25 00:33

    This is what Mbeki was against, one can never serves two kings at sametime so blade do nt fool us. SAPC is death and ur name is gona go to history of selling the working class while u enjoy the benefit of our labour. Critical issues that u used to address in Mbeki era still exist n worse u allow the goverment to strip us our hard earn wages. Petrol levy, petrol increase, corruption, nepotism. I do nt knw wat will happen to u after Zuma. See u in Maguang

  • Jacques - 2012-03-25 01:51

    Struggle against what? Which enemy? The only thing to struggle against is laziness! All these clowns championing commies will be longing for the Capitalism when they're working 12 hour days for 100 bucks living in pigeon holes for houses!

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-03-25 01:59

    This "Minister of Higher Education" needs to go back to school. Communism only ever brought about more poverty and misery and has proven to be an epic failure. Just another self-serving hypocrite riding on the backs of the poor.

  • johnnymacza - 2012-03-25 15:43

    so when is the struggle and the revolution going to end. the war is over, but the blacks are still attacking and murdering the whites. as long as idiots like Blade, Julius etc are around there will always be strife. Proof you are are human and settle your differances. I don't thick you can.

  • louisdiemasjien - 2012-03-25 17:04

    The democratic revolution, really? Those are some strong words mate. Who is the SACP again? Exactly, no-one. Read animal farm.

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