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12/09/13 - South African Communist Party - SACP statement on the passing away of Madiba 

"...the true revolutionary is
guided by great feelings of love":

Last night the millions of the people of South Africa, majority of whom the
working class and poor, and the billions of the rest of the people the
world over, lost a true revolutionary, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,
Tata Madiba.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) joins the people of South Africa
and the world in expressing its most sincere condolences to Ms Graca Machel
and the entire Mandela family on the loss of what President Zuma correctly
described as South Africa`s greatest son, Comrade Mandela. We also wish to
use this opportunity to express our solidarity with the African National
Congress, an organisation that produced him and that he also served with
distinction, as well as all his colleagues and comrades in our broader
liberation movement. As Tata Madiba said: "It is not the kings and generals
that make history but the masses of the people, the workers, the peasants..."

The passing away of Cde Mandela marks an end to the life of one of the
greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, who fought for freedom and
against all forms of oppression in both their countries and globally. As
part of the masses that make history, Cde Mandela's contribution in the
struggle for freedom was located and steeled in the collective membership
and leadership of our revolutionary national liberation movement as led by
the ANC - for he was not an island. In Cde Mandela we had a brave and
courageous soldier, patriot and internationalist who, to borrow from Che
Guevara, was a true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love for his
people, an outstanding feature of all genuine people's revolutionaries.

At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the
then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of
our Party's Central Committee. To us as South African communists, Cde
Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in
our liberation struggle. The contribution of communists in the struggle to
achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of
our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde Madiba became a
great and close friend of the communists till his last days.

The one major lesson we need to learn from Mandela and his generation of
leaders was their commitment to principled unity within each of our
Alliance formations as well as the unity of our Alliance as a whole and
that of the entire mass democratic movement. Their generation struggled to
build and cement the unity of our Alliance, and we therefore owe it to the
memory of Cde Madiba to preserve the unity of our Alliance. Let those who
do not understand the extent to which blood was spilt in pursuance of
Alliance unity be reminded not to throw mud at the legacy and memory of the
likes of Madiba by being reckless and gambling with the unity of our
Alliance.

The SACP supported Madiba`s championing of national reconciliation. But
national reconciliation for him never meant avoiding tackling the class and
other social inequalities in our society, as some would like to make us
believe today. For Madiba, national reconciliation was a platform to pursue
the objective of building a more egalitarian South African society free of
the scourge of racism, patriarchy and gross inequalities. And true national
reconciliation shall never be achieved in a society still characterized by
the yawning gap of inequalities and capitalist exploitation.

In honour of this gallant fighter the SACP will intensify the struggle
against all forms of inequality, including intensifying the struggle for
socialism, as the only political and economic solution to the problems
facing humanity.

For the SACP the passing away of Madiba must give all those South Africans
who had not fully embraced a democratic South Africa, and who still in one
way or the other hanker to the era of white domination, a second chance to
come to terms with a democratic South Africa founded on the principle of
majority rule.

We call upon all South Africans to emulate his example of selflessness,
sacrifice, commitment and service to his people.

The SACP says Hamba kahle Mkhonto!

Issued by SACP

Contact:

Alex Mashilo - National Spokesperson Mobile: 082 9200 308 Office: 011 339
3621 Email: alexmashilo.sacp@gmail.com - See more at:
http://www.sacp.org.za/main.php?ID=4151#sthash.rcSgo9hW.dpuf

- See more at: http://www.sacp.org.za/main.php?ID=4154#sthash.Xn9O3L0H.dpuf


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