The history of the South African
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Obituary of Joe Slovo; died 6 January 1995
Obituary of the Chairman of the South African Communist Party by the ANC Information Services.
9th SACP Congress April 1995: Resolution on migration
1 May 1995. Re the migration of people into South Africa and unscupulous bosses taking advantage of this influx of vulnerable people to undercut wages and conditions of South African workers.
SACP Congress April 1995: Resolution of the on the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP)
2 May 1995. 9th SACP Congress of April 1995, Resolution of the on the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).
9th SACP Congress April 1995: Resolution on Southern African Region
2 May 1995. The SACP supports interactions with progressive forces elsewhere in the region, towards democratically-driven, popular and gender sensitive process and to support the initiative of the Southern African Trade Union Coordinating Council (SATUCC), COSATU and NACTU in drafting a social charter of basic rights for workers in the Southern African region.
Obituary: Harry Themba Gwala (1920-1995)
Teacher, people's tribune, man of steel. Mayibuye, Journal of the African National Congress, July 1995.
Socialism Is the Future: Build It Now!
From the South African Communist Party (SACP), 2 November 1995. Despite the tragic death of Joe Slovo, the intrepid former party chair, the SACP gathered under auspicious conditions, not the least of which was the electoral triumph last year of the ANC-alliance and a policy framework illustrated by the fairly coherent Reconstruction & Development Program (RDP).
Communists with capital
By Ferial Haffaje, Mail & Guardian, 20 June 1997. As part of a push for empowerment, the SACP is going into business. Soon it will start one or more companies either on its own or with partners. The meeting at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, whose African chic decor spells money and is a meeting place of the new elite.
SACP decides on private sector role
By Primarashni Pillay and Reneé Grawitzky, in Business Day, 6 September 1999. SACP's three-day strategy conference in Johannesburg, September 3-5 1999, resolved to consider the use of private-public partnerships to speed up the delivery of services at local government level.
Further to SA Communist Party decides on private sector role
From A-Infos News Service, 10 September 1999. Anarchist critique of SACP's Stragegic Conference's accomodation with neo-liberalism. Argues this is the product of the SACP's continuing alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Nzimande warns on lack of open debate
By Nomavenda Mathiane, Business Day (Johannesburg), 31 January 2000. The dearth of open debate within the tripartite alliance (ANC, COSATU, SACP) could result in the creation of patronage and the perpetuation of careerism, says SA Communist Party (SACP) secretary-general Blade Nzimande. Comrades "who think with their stomachs rather than their heads". Mzimande spoke at the memorial service for SACP leader Joe Slovo, who died in January 1995.
The evolution of the ANC
By Dale T. McKinley, Daily Mail & and Guardian, 1 March 2000. A SACP journalist, writing in the bourgeois press, criticizes the ACN leadership that stands in an alliance with the SACP. While the ANC may represent the masses, President Thabo Mbeki's state of the nation address confirmed the party's leadership has always been rooted in the petit bourgeoisie.
SACP wants discussion on economy
By William Mervin Gumede, Business Day, 29 May 2000. THE SA Communist Party (SACP) calls for economic debate between the African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners, necessitated by the economic crisis facing the country.
SA Communist Party; Towards apostasy
By William Mervin Gumede, Financial Mail, 2 June 2000. Resolution that the SACP debate tactical alliance between Cosatu and business, based on business committing to invest in job-creating sectors of the economy. However, it cautioned against adopting the slogan "a market economy, yes; a market society, no" because it "tends to embody the illusion that a more humane society can be built by working with, rather than dialectically (with and against), the logic of capitalist accumulation".
Communist Party backs ANC in birthday message
SAPA, 27 July 2000. The South African Communist Party has urged its supporters to back the African National Congress in local government elections in November despite the party's criticism of the ANC's economic privatization policy.
SACP celebrates 79th anniversary
SAPA, 30 July 2000. One of the main challenges facing South Africa is the transformation of the economy, SA Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande said at the party's 79th anniversary rally in East London. Greater emphasis needed to be placed on the mobilisation of capital for more concerted development.
SACP expels freelance journalist
SAPA, 16 August 2000. Freelance journalist Dale McKinley was expelled from the South African Communist Party for "consistently and publicly" attacking leaders of the African National Congress-led tripartite alliance. His expulsion is apparently the first in seven years and follows the 1993 expulsion of the late KwaZulu-Natal midlands ANC leader Harry Gwala.
Moleketi's Outburst Undermines SACP
By Gwede Mantashe, Mail and Guardian (Johannesburg), 26 January 2001. Moleketi is a South African Communist Party member who came across with an irritable and ill-considered outburst that is destructive, divisive and undermining of the SACP and the alliance. He fired one broadside after another at the SACP" ("SACP 'stuck in a time warp'").