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Socialists Targetted in South Africa for supporting mineworkers strike


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There has been a dangerous and sinister turn to events in South Africa where 100,000 mine workers remain on strike in the Rustenberg region of South Africa.

Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (sister party of the Socialist Party) have been playing a very important role in assisting workers organising the strike, winning the argument with workers that worker-on-worker violence does not serve any purpose except the interest of the minow owners and the government and assisting in the development of a region wide body of independent workers committess to organise the strike action and support for the families of striking workers.

In a very sinister and dangerous change in direction by the South African establishment, the discredited leadership of the so-called National Union of Mineworkers, COSATU and the South African Communist Party (part of the triumpherate of power involving the ANc, the SACP and COSATU) have engaged in a potentially lethal witchhunt against members of the Democratic Socialist Movement.

On Friday, 18th October, National Union of Mineworkers leadership on SAFM’s morning show claimed that the DSM is responsible for the murder of their shop stewards. This is an utterly reprehensive allegation that potentially threatens the lives of members of the DSM.

On Saturday 20th October Congress of South African Trade Unions General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, at a press conference, claimed that the Democratic Socialist Movement instigated the stoning of his car at the Orkney Mine in Klerksdorp on Friday 19th October 2012. These allegations are false, unsubstantiated and irresponsible.

Over the following days allegations by the SACP-linked Communist University internet forum (CU), claimed that the DSM is linked to the apartheid killers that carried out the Boipatong massacre, and the Alexandra and KwaZulu-Natal atrocities during the struggle against apartheid. Again this is an utterly reprehensible claim that in the context of South African Society potentially threatens the lives of members of the DSM

More sinister is the fact that during the week the Communist University published the names, telephone numbers, employment details and photographs of DSM members – amounting to a hit list and an invitation to assassinate DSM members. The DSM has demanded that Cosatu, NUM and the SACP condemn this reckless endangerment of DSM members’ lives and the personal information of these individuals be removed from the internet.

In a statement issued following a meeting of its Executive Committee on Friday 26th October the Democratic Socialist Movement stated -

The DSM has a proud record on the question of violence in the working class struggle in general and the miners’ strike in particular. Whilst we defend the right to self defence, we are firmly opposed to worker-on -worker violence. In line with international trade union tradition, we support efforts to prevent the bosses from breaking strikes through the use of scabs. But we advocate the force of argument, not the argument of force; persuasion and appeals to class solidarity rather than violence. In the face of the popular view that strike breakers should be dealt with by force up to and including putting them to death, we have stood firm putting forward what was at first a minority opinion and won over the majority of workers to our point of view.

What we plead guilty to is standing side-by-side with our class brothers and sisters, the mineworkers, in their struggle against slavery by the most rapacious section of the capitalist class in SA. We have offered guidance, promoted unity in action and sought solidarity in SA and internationally for the mineworkers. We make no apology for this. It is the fact that our analysis correspond to reality and the workers’ own conclusions and that our tactics have united them and sustained the struggle for as long as it has endured, that is the reason that the DSM is so popular and is so sought after on the mines. It is the role the NUM and Cosatu should have played.

The Cosatu/NUM leaders are the architects of their own demise. As the Marikana Commission of inquiry’s latest evidence confirms, the NUM leadership stood on the other side of the class barriers, actively colluded with the mining bosses, denouncing the demands and the actions of their own members, and called for the ANC to help end the strike and for the police to smash it.

It is an absolute disgrace that the NUM/Cosatu/SACP leaders are regurgitating the anti-working class prejudices of the upper class social circles they inhabit. They have drenched the mineworkers under a constant toxic torrent of abuse from the beginning. They denounced the strike as criminal; accused the workers of being under the influence of sangomas; of being led, in the words of SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin, by “Pondoland vigilante mafias”; of being under the influence of AMCU which in turn was allegedly created by the Chamber of Mines, and of being fooled by the ANC Youth League and Julius Malema. The DSM “counter-revolutionaries” are only but the latest addition to the NUM, the SACP and Cosatu’s list of scapegoats. It is this that has turned the mineworkers against the NUM and Cosatu.
I do not have a direct link to this information - it has come to me through contacts - I will post a link as soon as it becomes available.
 

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Maybe the socialist party in question should not complain so much. Since the outset of the first miners strike, union on union violence has been to the fore. Now some washy socialist group want to claim that they too are being injured, while not actually involving themselves in what is a bitter internal struggle? Pretty lame.

No matter what the situation between employers and the various unions, there is undeniable tension between unions on the ground. Your own condemnation of one faction in that tustle shows you do recognise that. A sly attempt to side step all the warring factions by the "Democratic Socialist Movement", and hog the limelight, is naive to say the least, given people are being killed. We have seen this sort of weak socialist sqwuaking at Lindsey too, "very important" Socialist role and business there too apparently. But also a blatent attempt to sidestep the underlying racist issue that informed that strike.

And is the Democratic Socialist Movement a sister party of the 'Socialist Party' like you infer? Do elaborate on that please. Or 'sister' in the way 'People before profit' is related to the SWP? If the DSM has been playing an important role, its been doing a pretty p*ss poor job to this point, with miners dead and thousands sacked. Well done. :roll:

If the DSM cannot take the heat, then they should get out of the way, or stop pretending they are front end centre and suffering sigmata. There is nothing nice about whats going on, but in SA the likes of the DSM could get eaten alive if they tread on the wrong toes.
 

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Frankly, I wouldn't trust anyone in this. Whatever left wing combination of words is used as a party title or political slogan they're all much the same.
 

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The flippancy of your remarks are insulting to those who have suffered in South Africa during this strike wave.

Since the outset of the first miners strike, union on union violence has been to the fore.
Factually incorrect - the NUM have been bribed by the mine owners to sign agreements that screw the mine workers they are supposed to be representing. The former General Secretary of the NUM is now a member of the Board of Lonmin. The workers who went on strike were former members of the NUM who simply abandoned the union. The AMCU was not involved in the Lonmin strike and actually have little membership in the Rustenberg area. The violence that has been perpetrated during the recent strikes has been orchestrated by the mine owners working in conjunction with the ANC government and the leadership of the NUM.

Now some washy socialist group want to claim that they too are being injured, while not actually involving themselves in what is a bitter internal struggle? Pretty lame.
Again factually incorrect - the Democratic Socialist Movement is playing an integral role in building the independent miners strike committees and the township defence committees to combat attacks by the state forces and the mine owners private security thug army. This is not an internal confict of any sort - that is ANC propaganda to justify the massacre of miners.

No matter what the situation between employers and the various unions, there is undeniable tension between unions on the ground.
Factually incorrect - the NUM are not a union - they are a bunch of henchmen for the mine owners - the AMCU is not involved and the mine workers are building their own independent union based in the Rustenberg region. The miners are conscious of the fact that a number of years ago there was violence between then NUM and AMCU - their attitude towards both groups is 'a plague on all yer houses'

our own condemnation of one faction in that tustle shows you do recognise that.
The condemnation of the NUM is based on the fact that they fingered key strike activists during the massacre at Marikana to police snipers - they fingered key strike activists on the first day of the strike at the Lonmin mine to police snipers (that resulted in the deaths of four workers and was the catalyst for the attack on the NUM offices in Marikana) and because now the NUM are engaged in an attempted witchhunt against socialists who have been assisting the striking workers.

A sly attempt to side step all the warring factions by the "Democratic Socialist Movement", and hog the limelight, is naive to say the least, given people are being killed.
The DSM has a long history going back to the 1970s of confronting the apartheid state and now the ANC tripartite government and over the past 35 years the SA Communist Party have made repeated attempts to use hitlists to undermine the support of the (then) Marxist Workers Tendency and (now) DSM.

We have seen this sort of weak socialist sqwuaking at Lindsey too, "very important" Socialist role and business there too apparently.
What stupid point are you attempting to make here

But also a blatent attempt to sidestep the underlying racist issue that informed that strike.
And here

And is the Democratic Socialist Movement a sister party of the 'Socialist Party' like you infer? Do elaborate on that please. Or 'sister' in the way 'People before profit' is related to the SWP?
The Socialist Party and the Democratic Socialist Movement are affiliated along with 40 other parties to the Committee for a Workers International

socialistworld.net - website of the CWI - committee for a workers' international

If the DSM has been playing an important role, its been doing a pretty p*ss poor job to this point, with miners dead and thousands sacked. Well done. :roll:
The ANC government and the mine owners have embarked on the most vicious class war currently on the planet in their attacks on the mine workers in Rustenberg. They are using the entire might of the SA state plus hired thugs in an attempt to wreck the attempt by workers at organisation in the region. The workers are well aware of what is at stake and are determined to build an independent trade union organisation that will fight for their interests. The fact that 100,000 mine workers are still on strike and mine production in the region is at a virtual standstill after the massacres and sackings and threats and intimidation and propaganda is a testament to their determination and committment. The DSM is standing shoulder to shoulder with them.

If the DSM cannot take the heat, then they should get out of the way, or stop pretending they are front end centre and suffering sigmata. There is nothing nice about whats going on, but in SA the likes of the DSM could get eaten alive if they tread on the wrong toes.
The DSM has stood with the working class of South Africa for 35 years and will continue to do so as long as the capitalist elites attempt to wring blood, sweat and tears from the South African working class. The standing of the DSM among the Rustenberg is demonstrated by the fact that a mamber of the DSM, Mametlwe Sebei, is chairperson and chief spokesperson of the National Strike Coordinating Committee which represents workers under the Rustenburg Strike Coordinating Committee and gold mines in Gauteng province and platinum mines in Limpopo and most recently the coal mines in the province of Mpumalanga, gold mines in the Free State province and the diamond mines in the Northern Cape. The National Strike Coordinating Committee is now the body that represents the majority of South African workers working in the mining industry.

Video of Mametlwe Sebei speaking at a press conference two weeks ago.

[video=youtube;U4CVzts6SIQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4CVzts6SIQ[/video]
 
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Why do I get the impression that the OP is just parroting a line cooked up by some Trotskyist in London, and knows no more about what's actually happening on the ground in SA than I do?


I remember the trots in another age presuming to give advice to the Sandinistas about how to run their revolution, lecturing Cubans on how to organise their economy and informing left-wing parties in India about the need to nationalise the commanding heights of industrial production immediately.

The tone and language (including body language), and even accents, of speaker after speaker was almost identical and all appeared to have its origin at a single source somewhere in perfidious Albion.
 
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Oh holy f*ck - not another hack that can't see beyond his nose.
I'm an experienced political activist who is very familiar with the appalling hymnsheet singing of the organisation now referred to as "the Socialist Party".

Independent thinking is not welcome, and the statements of sister parties, wherever they are, are to be swallowed whole.
 

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Independent thinking is not welcome, and the statements of sister parties, wherever they are, are to be swallowed whole.
Well I have been a member of the Socialist Party for 30 years and I have never felt deprived of any independent thinking and I would never tolerate anyone else being deprived of their own views - however to suggest for one moment that this statement is bogus or somehow controlled by someone outside of the DSM is insulting to the members of the DSM in South Africa whose lives have been put at risk by these disgraceful allegations by the NUM and the SACP.

The funny thing is - if these comments were being made against some right-wing hack people like you would be jumping up and down condemning the NUM and SACP - but because its against a group of socialists you come out with this type of nonsense.
 

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One can't but wonder if the OP is more about publicising the Socialist Party here than any real concerns about the Socialist Party in South Africa where they are probably such an insignificant minority as to be meaningless in the political scheme of things.
 

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One can't but wonder if the OP is more about publicising the Socialist Party here than any real concerns about the Socialist Party in South Africa where they are probably such an insignificant minority as to be meaningless in the political scheme of things.
Leading a strike of 100,000 mine workers is hardly insiginficant. It has cut production of platimum and gold by 80% in South Africa. If the DSM were so insignificant then the SACP wouldn't be drawing up hit lists of DSM leaders to be murdered.
 

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Why do I get the impression that the OP is just parroting a line cooked up by some Trotskyist in London, and knows no more about what's actually happening on the ground in SA than I do?
Seems to be the case. That socialists fought Aparthied is not in dispute. Was the ANC of aparthied times, not a marxist /socialist movement too? Its fellow groups fighting similar revolutions throughout southern Africa were.

But the Socialist Party, unlike the ANC, did not win South Africas first free elections. Yet there seems to be a will to try and ascribe some great achievment to the Socialist Party, just because they existed and stood on the right side.

Similarly the Socialist Party/movement seems to want to place itself in a position to front a miners strike, a strike they did not initiate and do not lead. Ref: the point I made about the Lindsey strike that 'Making Waves' claimed not to understand. If I were the SP/M in the current context, I would be as wary of the Julius Malema and his cronies, as I woud be of the ANC. But since Malema has been been arrested, perhaps the socialists think his platform is up for grabs. Again, dangerous to play with fire like that. Some spillage from the clinking glasses of champaign socialists in europe won't put out any necklace fire in any South African political street fight.

On both sides (pro and anti ANC unions I mean), people have been killed. How many of these were prominent Socislists party workers or leaders? When they are amongst the dead, then the SP/M are apart of this fight. Until then they are only looking for scraps, not an actual scrap. Ring me when that situation changes.
 
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Seems to be the case. That socialists fought Aparthied is not in dispute. Was the ANC of aparthied times, not a marxist /socialist movement too? Its fellow groups fighting similar revolutions throughout southern Africa were.
No they weren't - on both cases - the ANC was/is a nationalist movement that used left rhetoric prior to attaining power (similar to the outlook of SF here). There were Marxists in the ANC organised around the Marxist Workers Tendency which later became the Democratic Socialist Movement.

But the Socialist Party, unlike the ANC, did not win South Africas first free elections. Yet there seems to be a will to try and ascribe some great achievment to the Socialist Party, just because they existed and stood on the right side.
The MWT played a key role during apartheid building COSATU, building township defence committees and combatting the tribal attacks of Buthelezi's Inkatha thugs on the workers movement. During the 1980s-1990s the SACP spent more time attacking the MWT than they did attacking apartheid.

Similarly the Socialist Party/movement seems to want to place itself in a position to front a miners strike, a strike they did not initiate and do not lead.
The current strike wave that began at Lonmin is one of a series of large scale strikes in the mining sector that began in 2009. The DSM has been actively involved in these strikes since they started and have earned the respect of the miners in Rustenberg recruiting large numbers of strikers to the DSM over the past two months. The strike in Lonmin began spontaneously in reaction to the antics of the NUM in the mine and the DSM have played a leading role in developing the independent strike committees, spreading the strike to other areas and in stopping the worker-on-worker violence and the position of the DSM in a leadership role in this strike wave is because the striking miners trust the DSM to represent their interests unlike the NUM and AMCU.

If I were the SP/M in this context, I would be as wary of the Julius Malema and his cronies, as I woud be of the ANC. But since Malema has been been arrested, perhaps the socialists think his platform is up for grabs. Again, dangerous to play with fire like that.
Malema is a populist demagogue that has little or no support among the striking miners. He turned up at Lonmin by helicopter after the massacre, spoke to a relatively small meeting of miners, condemned the ANC, received some polite applause and then hopped back into the helicopter and flew away again.

On both sides (pro and anti ANC unions I mean), people have been killed. How many of these were prominent Socislists party workers or leaders? When they are amongst the dead, then the SP/M are apart of this fight. Until then they are only looking for scraps, not an actual scrap. Ring me when that situation changes.
This is utter bullsh*t - because a member of the DSM hasn't been killed they are not involved in the 'fight' - about 100 people have been killed in this current strike wave, mostly by the police and mostly shot in the back. The DSM has won the debate (and it was an intense debate) within the independent workers committees over the use of worker-on-worker violence during the strike - there has been practically zero worker-on-worker violence in the past three weeks as a result. What the DSM have assisted in doing is establishing township defence committees to prevent the thugs of the mining companies and the police from raiding the communities and kidnapping miners, the DSM have assisted in the development of a well organised and disciplined strike movement, the DSM have assisted in spreading the independent workers committees to mining regions all over South Africa and in all cases the mining communities have requested the DSM to be actively involved in local organisations, the DSM have assited in creating a movement that poses the most significant threat to the rank cronyism of the ANC and the SACP since the collapse of apartheid in 1993 - that is why the ANC and SACP have drawn up hitlists of DSM members for assassination. The DSM will continue its work and continue assisting the striking miners and their families as long as they are requested to do so and the sister parties of the DSM around the world will actively engage in solidarity activity to assist the strike movement in any way they can.
 

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No they weren't - on both cases - the ANC was/is a nationalist movement that used left rhetoric prior to attaining power (similar to the outlook of SF here). There were Marxists in the ANC organised around the Marxist Workers Tendency which later became the Democratic Socialist Movement.
The poor Trots, SF are always to blame regardless :lol: Doubtless the Marxist Workers Tendency are making as big a mess of anything they touch as the Miliatant Tendency did in Liverpool in their only year in power in 1985 !!!!!

" THE IRA helped carry out one of the biggest bomb attacks against the South African apartheid government in the early 1980s, according to the memoirs of former senior ANC activist and politician Kader Asmal. "
The Irish Times - Mon, Aug 29, 2011 - IRA aided anti-apartheid bombing, claimed Asmal

the DSM have assited in creating a movement that poses the most significant threat to the rank cronyism of the ANC and the SACP since the collapse of apartheid in 1993 - that is why the ANC and SACP have drawn up hitlists of DSM members for assassination. The DSM will continue its work and continue assisting the striking miners and their families as long as they are requested to do so and the sister parties of the DSM around the world will actively engage in solidarity activity to assist the strike movement in any way they can.
Just because your paranoid it doesn't mean to say they aren't out to get you MW.

 
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And somewhere on politics.sa there is a somebody from the sister party writing long boring bull************************ty thread about how the SP in Ireland are leading the working class and are on the cusp of becoming popular
 

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No they weren't - on both cases - the ANC was/is a nationalist movement that used left rhetoric prior to attaining power (similar to the outlook of SF here). There were Marxists in the ANC organised around the Marxist Workers Tendency which later became the Democratic Socialist Movement.


The MWT played a key role during apartheid building COSATU, building township defence committees and combatting the tribal attacks of Buthelezi's Inkatha thugs on the workers movement. During the 1980s-1990s the SACP spent more time attacking the MWT than they did attacking apartheid.


The current strike wave that began at Lonmin is one of a series of large scale strikes in the mining sector that began in 2009. The DSM has been actively involved in these strikes since they started and have earned the respect of the miners in Rustenberg recruiting large numbers of strikers to the DSM over the past two months. The strike in Lonmin began spontaneously in reaction to the antics of the NUM in the mine and the DSM have played a leading role in developing the independent strike committees, spreading the strike to other areas and in stopping the worker-on-worker violence and the position of the DSM in a leadership role in this strike wave is because the striking miners trust the DSM to represent their interests unlike the NUM and AMCU.


Malema is a populist demagogue that has little or no support among the striking miners. He turned up at Lonmin by helicopter after the massacre, spoke to a relatively small meeting of miners, condemned the ANC, received some polite applause and then hopped back into the helicopter and flew away again.


This is utter bullsh*t - because a member of the DSM hasn't been killed they are not involved in the 'fight' - about 100 people have been killed in this current strike wave, mostly by the police and mostly shot in the back. The DSM has won the debate (and it was an intense debate) within the independent workers committees over the use of worker-on-worker violence during the strike - there has been practically zero worker-on-worker violence in the past three weeks as a result. What the DSM have assisted in doing is establishing township defence committees to prevent the thugs of the mining companies and the police from raiding the communities and kidnapping miners, the DSM have assisted in the development of a well organised and disciplined strike movement, the DSM have assisted in spreading the independent workers committees to mining regions all over South Africa and in all cases the mining communities have requested the DSM to be actively involved in local organisations, the DSM have assited in creating a movement that poses the most significant threat to the rank cronyism of the ANC and the SACP since the collapse of apartheid in 1993 - that is why the ANC and SACP have drawn up hitlists of DSM members for assassination. The DSM will continue its work and continue assisting the striking miners and their families as long as they are requested to do so and the sister parties of the DSM around the world will actively engage in solidarity activity to assist the strike movement in any way they can.
There's no doubt that much of what has been going on over the strike has been disgraceful, from the murder of NUM officials and police before the massacre to the massacre and other things. Nevertheless, you do your cause no good with statements such as the suggestion that the SACP was more interested in combating your organisation than apartheid when anyone with any memory of these years or who cares to take a look at the newspapers from the time or history books about the time can see easily for themselves that this is an outrageous claim with no basis in reality. Not only that, it is an insult to the members of the SACP who were tortured and murdered for their role in opposing apartheid, people like Ruth First and Chris Hani.

In what in the best light is an outrageous claim based on political sectarianism and in the worst an outrageous lie based upon political sectarianism, you also cast doubt on your entire analysis of the situation. Similarly with the claim that the DSM is leading the strike, that is then subsequently rowed back on to assisting. As for the idea that the only Marxists in the ANC were trotskyists of your particular type, not really even worth replying to. It's also funny how your account of what happened in the early 1990s and is happening now fits exactly with the programme developed for the north decades ago and which also supposedly happened. Except of course that the supposed trade union defence forces that apparently existed in the early 1970s have left precisely no evidence of their existence except in the claims of members of the SP who wanted to found such a force as late as the early 1990s to take the struggle to the paramilitaries or whatever the exact wording was.

In short, can you not make your criticisms based on what is actually happening, rather than re-inventing the history of the apartheid struggle?
 

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There has been a dangerous and sinister turn to events in South Africa where 100,000 mine workers remain on strike in the Rustenberg region of South Africa.

Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (sister party of the Socialist Party) have been playing a very important role in assisting workers organising the strike, winning the argument with workers that worker-on-worker violence does not serve any purpose except the interest of the minow owners and the government and assisting in the development of a region wide body of independent workers committess to organise the strike action and support for the families of striking workers.

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What have the Socialist Party done or said about the Racism in Ireland? Perhaps I'm wrong, but I haven't heard one single word about the open hostility shown by Fine Gaels Enda Kenny and Darren Scully towards ethnic minorities. Not a peep..
 

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There's no doubt that much of what has been going on over the strike has been disgraceful, from the murder of NUM officials and police before the massacre to the massacre and other things.
For clarification - the first deaths in the dispute at Lonmins occurred on the first day of the strike when NUM officials fingered strike leaders for police snipers on a demonstration to the mine which resulted in the deaths of two miners. Two NUM officials were subsequently killed when the strikers attacked the NUM offices in retaliation. Two security guards were burnt to death in their car after a failed attempt to kidnap one of the strike leaders and two policemen were killed after the deaths of two miners during a raid in the workers encampment in Marikana.

The violence perpetrated during the Lonmin strike has been orchestrated by the mine owners, the NUM, the ANC government and the police as has been demonstrated by emails revealed at the inquiry into the massacre that I have referenced on this thread -
http://www.politics.ie/forum/foreign-affairs/198975-marikana-massacre-inquiry-collusion-between-mining-companies-anc-police-uncovered-today-day.html

Nevertheless, you do your cause no good with statements such as the suggestion that the SACP was more interested in combating your organisation than apartheid when anyone with any memory of these years or who cares to take a look at the newspapers from the time or history books about the time can see easily for themselves that this is an outrageous claim with no basis in reality. Not only that, it is an insult to the members of the SACP who were tortured and murdered for their role in opposing apartheid, people like Ruth First and Chris Hani. In what in the best light is an outrageous claim based on political sectarianism and in the worst an outrageous lie based upon political sectarianism, you also cast doubt on your entire analysis of the situation. Similarly with the claim that the DSM is leading the strike, that is then subsequently rowed back on to assisting. As for the idea that the only Marxists in the ANC were trotskyists of your particular type, not really even worth replying to.
From the time of the foundation of COSATU in 1985 the SACP began a campaign to undermine the influence of the Marxist Workers Tendency in COSATU, in the ANC and in the townships. The MWT were by far and away the largest socialist revolutionary group operating within South Africa at the time (the SACP doing their usual popular front anti-trotskyist binge at the time). The newspaper of the MWT was the most widely read left-wing political paper during this period.

I never said that the SACP did not play a role in the overthrow of apartheid - but from 1985 onwards they had a major focus of opposing the MWT in South Africa - the SACP orchestrated the expulsion of some leading members of the MWT from the ANC in 1985.

SACP's Joe Slovo wrote the following in 1988
"But, despite the fact that the ANC has an understandable bias towards the working class it does not, and clearly should not, adopt a socialist platform which the so-called Marxist Workers' Tendency (expelled from the ANC) would like it to do. If it adopted such a platform it would destroy its character as the prime representative of all the classes among the oppressed black majority..."
Typical popular-frontism from Slovo and the SACP and directly attacking the political position of the MWT which was getting a significant echo within COSATU.

Slovo goes on to make an astonishing claim (one typical of a Stalinist) -
"A vanguard party, representing the historic aspirations of the working class, cannot (like a trade union) have a mass character. It must attract the most advanced representatives of the working class; mainly professional revolutionaries with an understanding of Marxist theory and practice, an unconditional dedication to the worker's cause, and a readiness, if need be, to sacrifice their very lives in the cause of freedom and socialism. Our SACP is such a Party..."
The attitude of the SACP - 'don't worry about politics - we'll take care of that - you workers should just do what we tell you to do.

Following the ANC coming to power the illusions created of a better future not surprisingly led to workers moving away from the politics of the MWT which saw its numbers and influence significantly diminish - but as these illusions were and have been well and truly shattered. Five years ago the ANC and the SACP were publishing articles attacking the DSM and their growing influence and this has continued unabated. The SACP have fingered members of the DSM to the mine companies security thugs that has resulted in several being kidnapped and their release was forced by mine workers who protested outside the mine security offices.

Except of course that the supposed trade union defence forces that apparently existed in the early 1970s have left precisely no evidence of their existence except in the claims of members of the SP who wanted to found such a force as late as the early 1990s to take the struggle to the paramilitaries or whatever the exact wording was.
The ANC and, in particular the SACP, wrecked the township defence committees in the 1970s by taking the best militants out of the townships and sending them to guerrilla training camps in neighbouring countries where they then launch ineffective guerrilla attacks on the apartheid regime. The township defence committees had to be completely rebuilt in the 1980s in particular to combat attacks by thugs from the Inkatha Freedom Party.

In short, can you not make your criticisms based on what is actually happening, rather than re-inventing the history of the apartheid struggle?
The history of the struggle against apartheid is not the history written by the SACP. The primary reason for the overthrow of the apartheid regime was the building of COSATU and the movement of the mass of workers into political activity – something that the SACP tried to sabotage (Slovo’s comments above). The ruling elites in South Africa came to a compromise with the ANC – ‘you get the power as long as we maintain the control’. The triumvirate of the ANC, the SACP and COSATU is now a byword for corruption, nepotism and crony capitalism that makes FF look like unblemished choirboys. The SACP have no interest in defending the interests of the South African working class, they only have an interest in maintaining their own powerbase and playing footsies with the mining companies and international capital.
 
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