Lo­cal com­mu­nists re­mem­ber Joe Slovo

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LIN­DANI DONYELI

Mem­bers of the South African Com­mu­nist Party (SACP) gath­ered at No­luthando Hall on 28 Jan­uary to re­mem­ber their slain leader, Joe Slovo and to strengthen party mem­ber­ship in the Makana re­gion.

About 100 mem­bers of the SACP, ANC, SANCO, COSATU and com­mu­nity mem­bers dis­cussed the im­pact of their slain leader, as well as pro­pos­als to con­test the 2019 na­tional elec­tions.

Zola Kolisi from Cosatu men­tioned the high rate of un­em­ploy­ment in Gra­ham­stown and re­minded the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the value and prin­ci­ples of to­geth­er­ness be­tween the ANC and the SACP.

Lead­ers must stop work­ing for them­selves and in­stead work for the peo­ple, he said.

Gideon Ma­papu, chair­per­son of the lo­cal SANCO branch also en­cour­aged mem­bers to col­lab­o­rate and strengthen the al­liance. “We should have branches that work with the dis­trict,” Ma­papu said.

“SANCO is go­ing to work to­gether with the SACP to build struc­tures and Branches.”

Mawethu Rune, an SACP PEC mem­ber for East­ern Cape quoted a fa­mous Nel­son Man­dela’s about Slovo whom he called a strate­gic thinker who played a an im­por­tant role in the lib­er­a­tion of South Africa.

“So­cial­ism did not fail. It’s the peo­ple who failed,” Rune said, plead­ing with com­mu­nity mem­bers to strengthen the lo­cal SACP, whose num­bers are very low.

“It is the peo­ple them­selves who have to lib­er­ate them­selves. The Com­mu­nist Party of to­day must solve the prob­lems of to­day.”

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