SACP wants unity in anti-toll fight

2012-05-01 20:13

Cape Town - The SA Communist Party wants the tripartite alliance to unite in the fight against toll highways to avoid abandoning the issue to "essentially right-wing, middle-class interest groups".

The party said in a May Day statement on Tuesday that there was a risk that the e-tolling issues could be hijacked by the Democratic Alliance, AfriForum and the Automobile Association.

"The delay gives us some more space as the tripartite alliance to find a united way forward," the party said.

"It is absolutely essential that we do now unite ourselves - otherwise we will abandon this issue to the DA, AfriForum, the Automobile Association and other essentially right-wing, middle-class interest groups."


The idea of a multi-billion rand widening and expanding of the freeway system in Gauteng was first pushed in the early 2000s by a group of former ANC Gauteng politicians, the party said.

These politicians, whom the party did not name, were in league with narrow empowerment entrepreneurs and "big capital".

It was "basically the same group" who also pushed for the multi-billion rand Gautrain project.

"Most of the former ANC Gauteng leaders involved in these projects were part and parcel of the 1996 class project. Some of them went on to join Cope (Congress of the People).

"Neither the Gautrain nor the Freeway Project were concerned with addressing the transport problems confronting the working class and poor in Gauteng."

The Gautrain, which cost R27bn, does not go anywhere near any of the major townships of Gauteng - Soweto, Orange Farm, Mamelodi or Shoshanguve.

When the train does come close to a Tembisa or an Alexandra "it does its best to skip around them".

"It is focused on white suburbs and business districts," the SACP said.

It was “essentially the same group of tenderpreneurs” who championed the Gautrain project who also championed the Gauteng e-toll project.

Not the same objections

The SACP and Cosatu's objections to the e-toll freeway project were not the same as those of the DA, AfriForum or the car-hire companies.

“The DA and its friends are not objecting to the fact that R20bn of our scarce public resources have been spent on their Gauteng infrastructure.

"They just don’t want to pay for it themselves.”

The e-toll project has also weakened the power of elected politicians in favour of hundreds of “quasi-public stand-alone agencies” like the SA National Road Agency Limited.

  • graham.plessis - 2012-05-01 20:27

    Lots of black people live in those so-called "white suburbs"! Also I thought that the SACP's very only Jeremy Cronin was behind the E-tolls? He is deputy transport minister and he also surely had a say on Gautrain?!!!!!!!!! Also the DA are centrists/left leaning, but market liberal - they believe in a German style tax redistribution system to help the poor without strangling business!!

      Godfrey - 2012-05-01 21:21

      LOL...SACP doing its bit for more gravy by saving the anc's blushes, @ss creepers

      Wesley - 2012-05-01 21:56

      Remember Blade is not the sharpest blade in the packed

      Sterling - 2012-05-01 22:34

      SACP has no purpose except, to grab headlines to make themselves relevant in SA. The roads in SA have to be maintained and this will cost money so the people using these roads have to pay for them. In the US every time a driver buys gas there is a tax for road maintenance along with many roads charging tolls.

  • annman - 2012-05-01 20:28

    SACP: Note to self, DA does want the debt paid for, just not via the expensive eToll administration nightmare... DUH! Second note to self; You can't have unity when one of the defendants in the eToll saga is the ANC's national government and associated parastatal, SANRAL. Never thought Blade's buddies could get any more idiotic... They just proved me wrong!

      aiazmir - 2012-05-01 21:00

      Tell it like it is.

      Adam - 2012-05-01 22:21

      I cannot believe it took the spin-doctors a whole week, and then they come up with this bullsh*t. Dont blame COPE, when it was clearly an apartheid decision...or is election time coming up? You have to be an anc voter to be so stupid as to believe this rubbish, put out by the struggling anc.

  • Nicholas - 2012-05-01 20:30

    Is the SACP feeling a little left behind here? It is because of these "essentially right-wing, middle-class interest groups" (whatever that means) that the tolls have been stopped in their tracks. The difference is, they didn't just mouth off, they took action.

      Godfrey - 2012-05-01 21:29

      You have noticed SACP were not invited to last Friday's meeting (ANC and COSATU only) when the one month delay decision were taken.

      lownabester - 2012-05-01 22:44

      @Nicholas, You took the words out my mouth. Jealousy will get them nowhere!!!!

  • Zing - 2012-05-01 20:30

    HA HA SACP - You were too scared to throw your weight behind the anti-toll fight, and now you want to claim part of the victory? We're always glad to have another voice against e-toll, but just remember you do not represent the people of Gauteng.

  • Hermann - 2012-05-01 20:31

    Wow, their imagination and self-bluff knows no limits, the bunch of hopeful dictators.

  • Dave - 2012-05-01 20:37


  • gary.sachs - 2012-05-01 20:38

    "Neither the Gautrain nor the Freeway Project were concerned with addressing the transport problems confronting the working class and poor in Gauteng." - good point!

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-01 21:00

      Still waiting to hear what the SACP has done/will be doing about it. This tremendous concern for the working class is amusing. 18yrs with no public transport development for the working class at all. One thing the West learned in the 1800's which lead to massive growth was a) get people to work quickly and cheaply b) feed people quickly and cheaply c) accommodate people quickly and cheaply. If you don't get those 3 things right, right off the bat, you are doomed

      Aaron - 2012-05-01 21:42

      Maybe not, but the BRT system was - remind us who did their best to destroy it and prevented it's further expansion?

  • Kevin - 2012-05-01 20:39

    This is a Goverrnment approved project and these clowns are part of the alliance - even the deputy Transport Minister is a loyal SACP cadre - if you cant get a job you get into politics...!

      Sheik - 2012-05-01 22:42

      They don't even know who their members are. Check, the whole ANC top structure of the Polokwane miss fits are.

  • Ditantane - 2012-05-01 20:39

    let me line up this one for SACP: the zuma administration implemented this, COSATU tendered and built it, SACP via deputy transport minister n Mantashe administered it. Now which one of the tripatite is going to fight themselves? Just wondering!

      Amanda - 2012-05-02 05:39

      I must admit, it is cunfusing and does not make sense one bit! Who do they think we are, selling us all their lies?!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-05-01 20:41

    Now i have heard it all have the fools been smoking horse dung or what.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-05-01 20:43

    I sense a little racism in what they are saying, white people also deserve proper public transport, what have they done to make sure the townships have alternative transport besides BRT, everyone deserves services from the government.

      Sheik - 2012-05-01 22:45

      Taxi's fought for the re-routing of the Gautrain, check the records.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 20:43

    They must see us as Messiah's and all others as pariah's. In this way we're certain to maintain Our position on the Gravy Train.

  • True - 2012-05-01 20:44

    It looks like these comfy communists were also hoping for a slice of the pie. The toll roads affect every South African, not just the whites. It's about time the ANC/SACP/Cosatu crowd began to realise that state money has no colour and that there is no money in the middle class. It's all tied up in bonds and by the banks.

  • Crracker - 2012-05-01 20:51

    Please! My recollection is that the SACP (at least its leaders) just the last week or two supported the toll gate system. Now they are trying to shift to blame onto their usual scapegoats. The toll gate system was devised, developed, and implemented by? Just how dishonest can one get?

  • George Bennie - 2012-05-01 20:51

    And how the hell to you justify this as a class battle? If it's affecting the middle class, it's sure as Stalin affecting the lower classes. The lower classes just don't have clout. Unless you regard yourselves as their speaker - then you better stand up, you communist prats!

  • Koketso - 2012-05-01 20:52

    SACP is talking rubbish there was something similar to the Gautrain a few years back, it was supposed to run through soweto, but the taxi bosses went against it, where was the SACP?. I dislike communits they hate progress and are more likely to suffer from power trips. Stupid reds, they should stand for election and get out of the cANCers black, yellow and green's blouse.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-01 22:53

      Yip. I think it was something like in Japan or ....It was a train? that runs on a narrow track on pillars and it would have been cheap(transport) reliable and could run regularly and move high volumes. It think it was an Indian business man or consortium that would have build it at his/their own cost. I always thought that it was a good idea and could have saved those people(passengers) a lot of very needed money. I think it was initially planned to run from Soweto to Braamfontein.....or that area.

  • aiazmir - 2012-05-01 20:57

    Sadly the CP cannot see that their own electorate are "essentially right-wing, middle-class interest groups." The left wing has been abandoned, all but by the poor, as they have been abandoned by the CP, the ANC and their interst groups. However, the "poor" are not stupid. They can see the rape of the coffers by the CP, the ANC and their interst groups, and they don't benefit. This useless rhetoric is always spewed in desperation because the electorate will decide despite your angst. The triparheid alliance needs to examine more closely its association with the ANC, who are not what they claim to be.

  • Harold - 2012-05-01 20:59

    So now the governing alliance is going to gang up on the little people because we do not want to give over our hard earned cash to thugs. You lot remind me of the tsotsis that stand at the factory gate on Fridays telling us to hand over our pay. The time has come we are sick of you guys. Watch out.

      ThiboJudge - 2012-05-01 23:04

      Blade ur a disgrace to sacp u literally killed the party-ur confusing urself where u stand as party with regard to e toll. No one takes u serious except we will rally behind Vavi cause he is a genuine cdr. Wish someday u come to ur sense and stop this selfiness and resign

  • Aaron - 2012-05-01 21:06

    Clearly by "essentially right-wing, middle-class interest groups" the communists mean white people. Seems the SACP is feeling a little left out of the "issue", despite, it being an issue of their own creation; it's their own hopelessly discredited, outdated, idiotic and childish socialist policies that lead to the e-tolls and the corruption surrounding it, and now that they see a groundswell of people of ALL races coming together to put a stop to the nonsense, they are making a pathetic attempt to hijack the issue. Well, "tripartite alliance" since you failed to lift a finger to prevent this from happening, and actually created the problem, you'd better pray that enough "essentially right-wing, middle-class interest groups" stick around to restore sanity and preserve the best interests of the people you so cynically pretend to care about.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-05-01 21:07

    lol, I love reading SACP news because its full of comedy

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-01 22:26

      Yup @Sechaba - and also SATIRE....."Witty language used to convey insults or scorn, esp. saying one thing but implying the opposite"

  • Kingpin - 2012-05-01 21:07

    Blah blah that cosatu and others are on the verge of winning e-toll battle for the poor, SACP is now talking rubish. They have been insisting that the project must go on... Eish blade is boring

  • Adil Smit - 2012-05-01 21:08

    But is Jeremy Cronin, SACP- member and Transport Minister pushing for e-tolling to go ahead?

      Aaron - 2012-05-01 21:24

      Yes -

  • John - 2012-05-01 21:16

    "The Gautrain, which cost R27bn, does not go anywhere near any of the major townships of Gauteng - Soweto, Orange Farm, Mamelodi or Shoshanguve.". What about Roodepoort? The Gautrain doesn't go near Roodepoort and the buses (when they are running) only go to the Joburg CBD. I'm guessing that it's not black enough to be called a "Township" or white enough to be a "White Suburb".

      Sterling - 2012-05-01 22:59

      @Mattwerk, there is nothing free in the world so if you want transportation, it will have to be paid for by somebody. I don't understand the fuss unless the people who are against the toll have a better way of paying for these roads. If you live in the US, you will pay through the nose in taxes for the roads.

  • Kevin - 2012-05-01 21:17

    The epitome of doing things for the wrong reasons. Why not unite in the fight agains tolls because of the negative implications it will have to the ordinary citizen verse seeking glory and credit. Their statement highlights the SACP's underlying motives and intent, who are they attempting to serve? Why not acknowledge that all parties have a common cause and work together in the fight against tolling highways, it would be a more focussed and effective approach?

  • Herman - 2012-05-01 21:21

    Jislaaik, die lot is f@kk@n onosel, hoe die hel kan hulle die land regeer???

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-01 22:30

      Because they are not ruling......they are ruining fact, TRASHING it!

  • Mncedisi - 2012-05-01 21:24

    Damn just hate blade and SACP, then that Cosatu and other party seem to be winning battle against E-toll nw their joning, zolo lokhu the were saying that labour brokers should be regulated n ppl shud pay E-tolls. Sies Blade u are an oppurtunist

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-01 22:35

      Here is the JOKE...a true story...I once saw the SAME Blade Nzimande in the smoking room at the posh Sunnyside Park Hotel, puffing on a CHURCHILL Cigar, with a LARGE Portrait of CHURCHILL behind him, sitting next to a shapely blonde! - What a contradiction - but typical of Communists....preaching one doctrine for the poor, but eating CAKE whilst the masses have not even got BREAD!

  • Florence - 2012-05-01 21:31

    \SACP wants...\ What then if SACP doesn't get what it wants??? This is life and things do not go as you want everytime SACP. The e-toll issue has got nothing to do with the race so cut the \divide and rule\ policy, too old for the 21st century and cheap too.

  • Tee - 2012-05-01 21:31

    Is it the same SACP which it's boss Blade Nzimande shown us the middle finger and said we must get used to e-tolling because its like a fact of life!Now they want to come in when the fight has been won and want to claim victory!Just like JuJu, when the dust has settled we will always remember what the ANC-SACP's silence than what sanral said!

  • Toofaan - 2012-05-01 21:38

    I was just about to comment about how they could think that people are gullible enough to believe that they were ever against the e-toll nonsense. Then I read the other comments from all of you. Its obvious that people who comment on this forum are not so gullible. But their target market is that gullible. Think about it : this is how these okes stay in power - it's disgusting, but true. It's so obvious that they're trying to cash in on the eventual victory on e-tolling despite not doing a thing to help.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-05-01 21:39

    A very interesting story

  • Louise-Roger - 2012-05-01 21:42

    Are these dudes for real, what a load of hogwash. They don't know what they talking about. How can it even make the news. Geez what next

  • Florence - 2012-05-01 21:54

    Watch headlines tomorrow, Manyi is next supporting Blade Nzimande in anti-toll fight... Lol

  • Jack - 2012-05-01 21:54

    I am buffled and confused.On whose side is the SACP. The last time I checked Blade wanted the project to go ahead as planned. Just goes to show,a bunch of hypocrites.

  • Louis - 2012-05-01 22:11

    This letter is the exact absolute clear proof how blacks are even more racist than any white person out there. What the hell does tolling have to do with right wing? No one mentioned or even thought through this whole process about any "political right wing" groups but here the SA Communist party is coming up with this brilliant awakening.

  • Florence - 2012-05-01 22:24

    Blade Nzimande is a talented comedian, all he needs is to venture and unleash this discovered gift and put it into good use. Viva Gautengelings viva!

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-01 22:38

    To me his words sounds more like a worried man that is part of a group that allowed this toll road and now that it seams ALL South Africans found a common goal that is having a united effect. He realized he had to spin/twist words, ideas and concept to maintain the separation between these groups to prevent their old "blaming tool's" benefit from disappearing. Also having the control/lead the resistance to decide what/how the outcome must be.

  • Sunil Muganpersad - 2012-05-01 22:58

    Let me guess the party only has 5 members and catching a ride on the corrupt ANC - you didn't say anything before OUTA won - now you want to have a voice for the poor - F off

      Lennox - 2012-05-02 04:11

      Fyi,cosatu was very instrumental in helping halt the implementation of etoll,who organized a mass much,cosatu had a meeting with the anc 25/04/2012 to propose other solutions to the predicament....

  • Takalani - 2012-05-01 23:02

    Dont listen to this SACP fatcats,they were so quite since and they have a lionshare ,,,we ANC middle class we gonna mobalise and vote this Government out of Gauten ,,we dont mind going DA anymore!!!Fk the etoll

  • Takalani - 2012-05-01 23:10

    comming to etoll ,,thats where we will not compromise,,forward with DA!!!

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-02 00:40

    “The DA and its friends are not objecting to the fact that R20bn of our scarce public resources have been spent on their Gauteng infrastructure." I wonder who got the ball rolling? The DA or ANC? Who runs that province again? Do we look like Sheeple? Baaaa Baaaaa

  • George - 2012-05-02 03:05

    Dear President of Cuba, We have a bunch of miscreants called the SACP that would really like living there with you. Can we send them over right away? They don't fit into SA. Sincerely, SA Citizen

  • Zighom - 2012-05-02 04:44

    Oh really now...

  • Hudayfah - 2012-05-02 06:48

    Is this now the third article in a row I read of ANC supporting organisations attacking D.A? They must be s#! ing themselves ahaaahahahahaahaha. Btw . . .how do you fight against the e-toll system that you yourself introduced?then you want credit for it too? Lol man, the stolen money must be affecting your brain.

  • Stephen - 2012-05-02 09:09

    Blade,Blade,Blade...STOP LYING.Gwede, Zuma, Jimmy Manyi well said Gauteng people must pay for this rubbish e-toll. You Blade never said anything to oppose them. Today after the DA and OUTA has helped us to win this battle you come with your lies. I am black myself, but I know your ANC was pushing for this e-toll. Only Cosatu had a loud voice helping us not SACP nor ANC. PLEASE DO NOT LIE and think we're stupid. Only ignorant black brothers will agree with you because you now fear you will loose in the coming elections. Can someone in the ANC talk sense please.

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