Thoughts on the SACP were de­nial­ism and the func­tion of em­bed­ded jour­nal­ism, writes

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he an­tag­o­nis­tic col­umn against the SA Com­mu­nist Party (SACP), “Com­mu­nists pro­tect­ing gravy train” (City Press, July 19 2015), by po­lit­i­cal editor Ra­pule Ta­bane refers. Ta­bane starts by la­belling the party’s spe­cial na­tional congress as a “cha­rade”. He then la­bels the party as “Blade Nz­i­mande’s con­gre­ga­tion”.

Ta­bane must read and en­gage the SACP if he wants to know where the di­alec­ti­cal ma­te­ri­al­ism is in the party’s re­ports.

Ta­bane clearly did not read the po­lit­i­cal re­port that Com­rade Nz­i­mande pre­sented to the congress, and the as­so­ci­ated po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and or­gan­i­sa­tional doc­u­ments.

If he had read it, he would have seen that most of the work­ers join­ing the SACP are un­em­ployed – the party’s mem­ber­ship in­cludes stu­dents, pen­sion­ers and em­ployed work­ers.

It is peer pres­sure that makes him sug­gest that the SACP is a “bunch of cap­i­tal­ists”.

Ta­bane al­leges that the re­ports, and by ex­ten­sion the SACP’s congress out­comes, do not chal­lenge mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal.

His bosses who con­trol Me­dia24 – which owns City Press and pay TV mo­nop­oly Mul­tiChoice, sub­sidiaries of Naspers – are not blinded by the fac­tional wave of crit­i­cism of the party that seems to have gained hold of him and swept him away from ob­jec­tive re­al­ity.

Peo­ple in higher ech­e­lons of pol­icy and man­age­ment than Ta­bane at Me­dia24 and Mul­tiChoice con­tacted the SACP af­ter its congress to ask for en­gage­ments pre­cisely be­cause we chal­lenge such cap­i­tal.

The congress not only re­ceived re­ports on chal­leng­ing mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal, it was made clear and agreed that, among other things, Naspers’ mo­nop­oly in the media in­dus­try must be ended.

On state power and elec­toral op­tions, the res­o­lu­tion to re­con­fig­ure and strengthen the ANC-led al­liance was unan­i­mously adopted, but Ta­bane was not there so he does not know.

Lastly, Ta­bane per­son­alises the de­ci­sions of the SACP and Cosatu by at­tribut­ing them to party leader Blade Nz­i­mande and Cosatu pres­i­dent Sdumo Dlamini.

In the ab­sence of any com­pelling ev­i­dence, there is no other con­clu­sion than that his de­nial­ism might also be the func­tion of em­bed­ded jour­nal­ism or at least sub­jec­tiv­ity.

The truth is that Nz­i­mande, Dlamini, and SACP and Cosatu mem­bers have over­whelm­ingly spo­ken at the or­gan­i­sa­tions’ re­spec­tive spe­cial na­tional con­gresses re­gard­less of whether Ta­bane and his fel­low trav­ellers like it or not.

Mashilo is SACP spokesper­son

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