IS THE SACP STILL RELEVANT?

2017-07-16 11:45

The SACP 14th national conference resolved that it must compete for the elections independently in 2019.

Communism is the political idea behind the SACP. Is this political belief still relevant in a democratic society ? Today's markets and society's are capitalist in nature and they have evolved drastically with time.

Communism failed economical in western Europe to change people's lives for the better. It was synonymous to dictatorship and restricted information. Dictators are known for instilling timid to the people they are governing. To continue doing so a large proportion of the budget must be invested in the army and security instead of delivering quality services.

Today there is no leaving communist who still subscribe to initial ideas of communism originated from the beliefs of Karl Marx and Lenin. Wealthy has created social classes and statuses.

It is true that bourgeoisie are further exploiting the proletarait in the current economic system. Surely, communism is not an answer to this. Policies which are in favour of the working class are important in order to achieve a classless society. Beside, the SACP understand better how the markets will reacts if it can win the elections in 2019 as a results of its policies.

The SACP believe that socialism is the future, where the state control all strategic industries and resources. In South Africa all prastals are poorly managed and governed and they are a burden to the state as they have to be constantly bailed out. They are also a breeding ground for corruption and cadre deployment.

Even in socialism we are bound to produce capitalist in the long run. Beside that, Marxism and Leninism idealogies have no place in the modern democracy, where open market system is applicable. So, who ever stands for these political science beliefs is antiquated.

The national Congress should have adopted or suggested a new ideology for the SACP to remain relevant, as current socio-economic conditions and markets have developed drastically and their are capitalist in nature, they have left no room for neither communism nor socialism.

The membership is stagnant at above 200 thousand. Calls to partner with the workers party did not materialed after Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim failed to honour the invite to attend the congress.

It will take a tremendous effort to convince even a credulous simpleton to vote for the SACP with its current formation. Being part of the ANC government since dawn of democracy and some of its prominent leaders were implicated in Nkandla scandal has further created doubts about it's credibility.

Communism will remain an idea so as the SACP. It is remain to be seen whether the ANC will dismiss SACP members who are in parliament and ministers after jumping the boat.

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