[Marxism] South Africa: Forward to the Building of a Mass Workers’ Party Based on a Revolutionary Program!

RKOB aktiv at rkob.net
Wed Feb 5 11:58:06 MST 2014

South Africa: Forward to the Building of a Mass Workers’ Party Based on 
a Revolutionary Program!

NUMSA’s break with the ANC is an important step forward. A strong 
revolutionary organization is needed to overcome mis-leadership and to 
avoid yet another betrayal of our struggle for liberation!

Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 
5.2.2014, www.thecommunists.net

1. South Africa’s largest single trade union, the metal worker’s
NUMSA, has broken its long-standing ties with the bourgeois ANC and the
Stalinist SACP. NUMSA has also raised – albeit in algebraic terms –
the possibility of forming a mass workers’ party. In addition, COSATU
– the country’s largest federation – is deeply divided and could
split in the next few months because of the loyal support for the ANC
government by the dominant faction in COSATU’s leadership. The
recently founded Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) as well as the
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by the former ANC youth leader
Julius Malema, reflect the desire of the most advanced sectors of the
workers and poor to build an new party alternative to the bourgeois ANC.
This creates the historic opportunity to form an independent mass
workers’ party for the first time in South Africa, a party which could
lead the working class and the poor towards socialism. However, this
exciting opportunity is in danger since, at the top of NUMSA, EFF, and
WASP, are leaderships which have proven during their history that they
are incapable of fighting for the historic interests of the working
class. To build a mass workers’ party which is really independent of
the bourgeoisie, socialists in South Africa must organize on the basis
of a revolutionary program in order to fight against these existing
petty-bourgeois leaderships.


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