Thursday, October 30, 2014

South African Communist Party Mpumalanga Province PEC Statement

23 October 2014

The 8th Congress Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Mpumalanga Province convened in its 12th Plenary Session, and focused on consolidating Party programs and campaigns in the province. The meeting considered the Political, Financial and Organisational Reports in preparation for a Provincial Council to be held on the 08 - 09 November 2014 at Graskop Town Hall in Thaba Chweu Sub-district.

The meeting convened following a successful two-day Economic Transformation Summit in Mbombela.

Second Phase of the National Democratic Revolution

The Second Radical phase of the NDR must be anti-neoliberal systematic features in form and content in order to address the challenges that are rooted within the structure of the economy. While we advance this second radical phase, we have a responsibility to build on and defend the first phase of the NDR. The PEC believes that in order to advance that qualitative change, the program should be clearly aligned with the Freedom Charter which is inherently radical in its nature and character whilst also addressing our National Democratic Revolution.

The PEC will advance the resolutions of the Economic Transformation Summit within the Mass Democratic Movement and in the Augmented CC meeting in November. We need a total overhaul of the economic structure to build a radicalized structure to serve majority of our people.

Transport Campaign

The PEC welcomes the government`s renewed zeal to implement the Moloto Rail Corridor. This project must respond to the economic challenges facing the two rural municipalities faced with the high level of poverty, unemployment and inequality. We commend the work done by the Young Communist League of South Africa in Ephraim Mogale District and other progressive structures that spearheaded the campaign for the implementation of Moloto Rail Corridor, alternative bus company and Moloto Road Upgrade.

Since October is Transport month, we believe the community of former KwaNdebele deserves a better, reliable and safe mode of transport than what is offered to them by the monopoly bus company (PUTCO).

SACP in the province will play an oversight role around this campaign led by the Transport Campaign Steering Committee.

As we advance the struggle of the second phase of the radical economic transformation, our government must fight against monopoly capital in all sectors. We call for an Integrated Transport System across the province and a Taxi Subsidy to the taxi industry for all our people to have a convenient mode of transport of their choice.

2014/15 Red October - Financial Sector Campaign:

The SACP in province held a successful 2014/15 Red October launch in Thulamahashe on the 12th October 2014. This year, the campaign intensifies our struggle to achieve an overhaul transformation of the financial sector to serve the people. The neoliberal economic regime opened floodgates of reckless and unsecured lending practices, reinforcement of financialisation and subordination of labour to capital.

Mobilize people`s power to transform the financial sector and build a People`s Economy!

Intensify the fight against Lumpen Tenderpreneurship Tendency (LTT) in the province

The attempts by LTT to liquidate the South African Communist Party have hit a solid rock. Our detractors tried by all means to weaken the Party. They use the apartheid style of divide and rule through the Carrot and Stick Approach, reward those who seem co-operative to Lumpenism and punish those who remain steadfast and upright.

We have noted with shock the reported shooting of Cde Jackson Mthembu a National Executive Committee Member of ANC who is based in Mpumalanga. We are also concerned by the response of the police even before commencing with investigation by declaring that this is a clear criminal attack. We are convinced based on our previous experiences of what is happening in Mpumalanga with politicians, as such we are reiterating our call to the National Commissioner of Police General Riah Phiyega to respond to the demands that we sent to her on the 05th June 2013 and 26th September 2014. We wish him a speedy recovery.

We believe that until the report commissioned by the former Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele is released to the public and also until such time the killers of comrades Jimmy Mohlala and Bomber Ntshangase are arrested and convicted, we will never believe anything that speaks of pure criminal attacks relating to politicians in this province.

We are convinced that there is a bunch of corrupt criminals hidden at a particular corner who have made it their business to eliminate principled politicians.

We owe it to our fore bearers to fight for a just and peaceful province. All these attacks and persecutions renew our strength to remain united and coherent in defense of the National Democratic Revolution.

On the Swaziland Struggle

The PEC condemns in the strongest possible term the decision by Swaziland regime to order the immediate closure of all workers` and employers federations. The affected federations include the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), the Federation of Swaziland Business Community and the Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce. The employers` federation has angered the monarch by showing signs of supporting more democratic and accountable governance in the light of Swaziland`s declining economy whose poor performance is linked to governance issues.

We are calling for our government to grant permanent asylum to the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) and other political exiles. The Department of Home Affairs was ordered by the Court Interdict to grant CPS leaders` temporary refugee status.

We expect our departments to reflect the values and principles that represent a democratic South Africa advocating for peace and stability in the continent.


We welcome the move by the South African government to pledge $1 million towards humanitarian assistance in Gaza, as part of its contribution to diplomatic efforts towards the resolution of the Palestinian-Israel conflict.

The PEC supports the BDS movement and its campaigns to boycott G4S Security and all products coming from the Palestinian Occupied Territories.

Issued by SACP Mpumalanga


Bonakele Majuba - Provincial Secretary
Mobile: 082 968 4877

Lesetja Dikgale - Provincial Spokesperson
Mobile: 076 869 4360
Tinyiko Ntini - Provincial Media Liaison
Mobile: 084 979 5999

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