Forward towards a socialist South Africa

Allow me to welcome the ­unanimous re-election of Blade Nzimande and Jeremy Cronin to the leadership of the South African Communist Party. I also applaud the SACP branches for their disciplined approach to engaging with the leadership. It could teach other organisations that conferences are a battle of ideas, not chairs.

The Mail & Guardian reports that communism is making a comeback (July 13). I concur: Marxism has something to teach us as we struggle through economic depression. Dialectical materialism is neither fiction nor mysticism, but a science of the forms of our thinking. The revolution makes no compromise with class rule. It does not stop at the democratic stage, but goes over to socialist measures.

The democratic tasks of the backward bourgeois nations lead directly to the dictatorship of the proletariat.

I urge the newly elected leadership of the SACP to unite all socialists in the country and lead us towards socialism. – Thabang Mokoena-Maseko, Mdantsane, Eastern Cape

The collapse of communism, the rise of social democrats and failure of the SACP to contest elections has made it a Mickey Mouse party.

Since 1994, some communists and trade unionists have become rich.

When SACP membership was opened to everyone, it attracted the likes of Blade Nzimande. Since then, it has become a toothless bulldog and the bourgeoisie fears Cosatu and the ANC Youth League far more. – Makhosonke Blani

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