Vote ANC to save SA from ‘chaos and ruin’, says SACP

Staff Writer | May 06, 2019
The South African Communist Party (SACP) says completing the ‘national democratic revolution’ is the key to ‘full social emancipation’.

Wednesday’s election “is a key moment in the ongoing struggle to rescue our country from chaos and ruin”, and the ANC is the party to lead the rescue operation. 

So says the SACP, a key partner in the governing alliance. It credited Cyril Ramaphosa with signalling a new approach after the country had been “driven to the brink” by “corrupt elements in government, in our movement, in the private sector”.

The party said: “A significant election victory for the ANC and its alliance partners under the leadership of President Ramaphosa guided by a reconfigured Alliance process is a critical condition to take forward these struggles. No other political formation in our country is capable of rescuing our country, our democracy, our gains.”

 

In a lengthy statement, SACP national spokesperson Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo said: “The ANC, with all of its challenges, in alliance with the SACP, Cosatu and Sanco, is the only political formation on the ballot capable of leading this struggle.”

“Formations” of the “mass democratic movement” still had a key role to play in “propelling this struggle – to complete the national democratic revolution and secure full social emancipation”.

Mashilo said: “The ANC and its alliance is also the space inside of which this struggle must be intensified against the wrong-doers, the splitters and sectarians within.

“Over the past several years our country was driven to the brink. Corrupt elements in government, in our movement, in the private sector pushed South Africa to the very edge. Our hard fought-for democratic gains were eroded. Eskom, Transnet and Prasa were plundered.

 

“But now, we have finally begun to turn the corner. In 2018, we started to put a halt to this betrayal of our country. Zuma was forced to step down. The Guptas fled the country. Many others have been exposed.

 

“Under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa action has started to clean up the mess. Ministers have been sacked. But more needs to be done. New boards of parastatals have been put in place. Steps are under way for a massive clean-up of the criminal justice system and of the South African Revenue Services. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, which the SACP was the first to call for, is shining a bright light on the festering rot that had set in.

 

“But all of this is only a beginning. The clean-up momentum that has started must now be consolidated and accelerated. In voting ANC that is the message we must send. The crooks and traitors must go to jail. The billions of rands that have been stolen, the billions that have been illegally exported to Dubai and elsewhere must be returned!”

At the time of his coming to power, the SACP were strong supporters of Jacob Zuma and of efforts to undermine institutions such as the Scorpions investigative unit.

 

IRR head of policy research, Anthea Jeffery, describes in the soon to be released abridged and updated edition of her book, People’s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa, that the national democratic revolution (NDR) is a Soviet-inspired strategy aimed at taking South Africa by incremental steps from a free market system to a socialist and then communist one.

Jeffery writes: “In the first and more political phase of the NDR, the ANC focused on white-anting many of the checks and balances in the 1996 Constitution. In the second, socio-economic phase (which began in 2012), the ANC has concentrated on weakening existing property rights with a view to their eventual “elimination”. More recently, NDR ideology has prompted the ANC’s decisions to introduce expropriation without compensation (EWC) and nationalise the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).”

 

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