May 11, 2010
Sasco Press Statement
SASCO PRESS STATEMENT
Statement of the second meeting of the 16th NEC
11 May 2010
The National Executive Committee of SASCO convened at Booysens Hotel
between the 7th to the 9th of May 2010. The NEC meeting was
characterized by frank analysis of South African society including
divisive tendencies that are encroaching on the unity and cohesion of
revolutionary forces within the Mass Democratic Movement led by the
*HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT*
We believe that the Higher Education Summit convened by the Department
of Higher Education between the 21st and the 23rd April was a historic
and epoch-making gathering. We believe that the suggestion that the
summit should take place annually would be an important step forward.
We believe that the Ministry of Higher Education should increase the
representation of students and workers in this summit in order to
avoid its dominance by academics.
We notice that there is a strong anti-communist tendency within the
movement. SASCO vows and commits to combat, isolate and defeat this
anti-communism wherever it rears its ugly head; in society and within
the ANC led movement. This is because we view anti-communism as the
biggest threat to the triumph of the South African revolution. We
believe that those who preach anti-communism are agents of white
monopoly capital planted within the MDM to cause destabilization.
The NEC is well aware that the apartheid regime had identified
communism as the primary danger against white supremacy and therefore
identified it as its principal enemy and therefore mobilized white
South Africans on the basis of a “rooi gevaar”. This strategy
consolidated and prolonged apartheid and racism. The NEC is of the
view that anyone within the MDM who is anti-communist does so at the
service of racism and anti-transformation and therefore does not
deserve a place within any structures of the movement.
The NEC notes the development of an unproductive stratum of
capitalists that does not depend on its entrepreneurial acumen but on
its connections to the state. We are worried that this has already
begun to construct not only a crony capitalist state but also an
entirely corrupt one. We believe that tenderpreneurship constitutes an
enemy of the revolution. It also constitutes a threat to the
development of our economy.
We believe that these flamboyant but unproductive capitalists are the
major cause for lack in service delivery. We believe that communities
as much as target government but should also focus on tenderpreneurs
when they demand service delivery. It is also in this context that we
support COSATU’s call for lifestyle audits. We believe that dismissal
of this call is opportunistic, ahistoric and irresponsible.
*ESKOM LOAN FROM WORLD BANK*
We view the loan sought by Eskom from the World Bank as a treasonous
act. The liberation struggle was not only directed at the apartheid
regime but was also against monopoly capital and its institutions
particularly Bretton Woods institutions. We view this as more than
just a betrayal but as an abandonment of the anti-imperial struggle.
We have not even recovered from the betrayal of NERSA that imposed
unthinkable tariffs and now Eskom stabs us with a loan that we will
have to repay. We are extremely concerned about the conflict of
interest regarding the ANC’s stake in a company that will reek
millions in profit on the energy crisis.
We view the overzealous support for ZANU-PF by some within the
movement as opportunistic, divisive and populist. The movement has
never viewed ZANU-PF as its strategic ally, nor has it ever seen MDC
as its enemy. Our ally ZAPU was decimated violently by the same
ZANU-PF that some now glorify as a benign liberation movement. MDM
leaders who support ZANU-PF have now officially confirmed their
Even if the ZANU-PF had been our historical ally, this would never
give it the right to trample on the rights of Zimbabweans. Liberation
songs, mythology and a constant reminder of the struggle days will
never absolve an organization from the blunders committed by ZANU-PF
over the past years. It is in this context that we support the South
Africa led SADC mediation efforts and we will not do anything to
jeopardize them and we view as counterproductive all efforts that seek
to compromise the position of the mediators.
We believe that while the South African media is obsessed with
Zimbabwe much greater crimes are committed daily in Swaziland by the
Swazi monarchy and his henchmen. We believe that media institutions
both domestic and international are complicit to the murders taking
place in Swaziland otherwise there is no explanation for their
ignorance of the human rights abuses that take place there. We commit
ourselves to assist our compatriots in Swaziland in their struggle
against the Tikundla in whichever manner we can.
*For details Contact:*
*Mbulelo Mandlana (President)*
*071 879 3408*
*Lazola Ndamase (Secretary General)*
*082 679 8718*
+27 76 783 1516
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