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