PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, South African President Jacob Zuma has lashed out at some leaders of the South African Communist Party (SACP) who are calling for the party’s split from the Tripartitte Alliance led by the president’s African National Congress (ANC).
Speaking during an event to celebrate the life of the late ANC and SACP veteran, Harry Gwala, in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal Province, on Sunday, he described these leaders as “not real communists” and those who are celebrating the challenges facing the ANC as politically bankrupt.
The life of Harry Gwala, who was affectionately known as the “Lion of Midlands, was celebrated in both music and speeches which hailed his leadership qualities in both the ANC and the SACP. Gwala’s first involvement in South Africa’s liberation struggle was when he joined the SACP in 1942 and later the ANC in 1952.
His involvement in the liberation movement led him in being sent to Robben Island twice in his lifetime. He died in 1995.
Sunday’s celebrations started at Harry Gwala stadium where President Zuma unveiled the statue of Gwala and later addressed a community mass meeting at KwaCaluza Village outside Pietermaritzburg as part of celebrating Harry Gwala”s life.
According to President Zuma, politically matured communists will never celebrate challenges facing the ANC or call for an end of the alliance. Harry Gwala understood that the alliance was hard earned and built through sweat and you cannot destroy it through attacking each other in public and in front of the media. You can’t do that if you are disciplined. This alliance was well thought by the communists, and then it can’t be that today a communist can call for the split of the alliance. If a communist speaks that language you must know that is not a politically matured communist.
ANC and SACP leaders, including the late SACP General Secretary Moses Mabhida and President Zuma himself are some of the leaders who were moulded and groomed by Harry Gwala.
South Africa’s Tripartite Alliance, formed during the days of the liberation struggle, also includes the Congress of South African Trades Union (Cosatu), the countries largest labour federation.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK