Un­holy al­liance of classes

The Star Late Edition - - LETTERS -

IT’S A widely held view that our move­ment is in­fil­trated by the neo-lib­eral forces bent on seiz­ing state power. There may be a whiff of truth to this, af­ter lis­ten­ing to ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa ad­dress­ing a rally in Lim­popo.

We haven’t for­got­ten that white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal used pa­tron­age to in­fil­trate our move­ment and hood­wink a po­lit­i­cally-con­nected few by frater­ni­sa­tion to gain po­lit­i­cal clout. This saw the emer­gence of a black bour­geoisie who are not en­trepreneurs.

Al­though the Left was in uni­son against this, it al­lowed some­thing that seems al­most a con­tra­dic­tion in terms – the labour bro­ker­age sys­tem and min­i­mum wage as the panacea to the chal­lenges fac­ing the work­ing class and the poor. It fol­lows that they would weep when in­dus­tries trade off the wage pact for out­sourc­ing jobs.

Thus far, the ca­su­al­ties of state cap­ture point to un­bri­dled cor­rup­tion across the pub­lic sec­tor and the ruth­less killing of strik­ing work­ers by po­lice in Marikana. All this or­ches­trated by those with power, leav­ing the na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion and the rad­i­cal so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion agenda to con­found so­ci­ety.

While the di­vi­sions are build­ing up in the al­liance, the slate fac­tions refuse to lift their heads from the sand. The rea­son is that they’re pre­oc­cu­pied with cat­a­pult­ing the very bour­geoisie into power un­der the guise of ad­vanc­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary agenda of the work­ing class and the poor.

Put sim­ply, they’re sell­ing the move­ment to the high­est bid­der for their own in­ter­ests. We do not need elites lead­ing this coun­try, es­pe­cially those en­gaged in con­tro­ver­sial deal­ings with the cap­i­tal­ist class who spit in the face of the poor. Mor­gan Phaahla Vosloorus

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