The ‘communists’ in this country do not have an impressive track record. During a miners strike of 1922 the Communist Party of South Africa (as the SACP was previously called) which was formed in 1921 called on “white workers of the world to unite”. For three decades in exile they made every effort to prevent unity between the ANC and PAC as confirmed by the late Unity Movement of South Africa leader I.B. Tabata in his book Imperialist Penetration into Africa.
The media has been dominated by reports about the hypocrisy of Minister of Higher Education and Secretary General of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Blade Nzimande, who says one thing with one side of his mouth and says another with the other side of his mouth. Nzimande has recently purchased a luxury BMW 750i worth 1.1 million despite financial difficulties facing the South African government in the wake of the economic recession
Nzimande’s hypocrisy invokes memories of what the founding President of the PAC Robert Sobukwe said in January 1959 when asked whether he included white leftists among the oppressor’s in South Africa. He replied, “There are none. And there have never been any in South Africa – white or black. All we have had are quacks. In fact, like Christianity, Communism in South Africa has been extremely unfortunate in its choice of representatives”.Sobukwe’s views fifty years ago about the hypocrisy of South African ‘communists’ still ring true today.
In exile the ‘communists’ infiltrated their cadres into key positions of the ANC in order to derail the nationalist and Pan Africanist character of our struggle for liberation. In the 1920’s Marcus Garvey disagreed with American communists when they said the struggle of African people was a workers struggle. He said, “We were Africans first, last and always”. The so called communists within the ANC continue riding on the coat tails of the ANC as they have done throughout the formation of their unholy alliance with the ANC.
By Sam Ditshego