15 December 2006

Road to Socialism

SACP GS Dr Blade Nzimande spoke to the YCL yesterday at considerable length and very frankly concerning the Party. For example he said: “The 1996 class project is indeed contesting our allied formations, albeit not the only one. In the case of the SACP, one latest expression of this is the claim being bandied about by some within our ranks warning of an imaginary ‘re-Stalinisation’ of the SACP. We must understand this for what it is; the manifestation of the contestation of the direction of the SACP by the class project, and it is underpinned by a combination of things. “It is underpinned by an attempt by some within our ranks to create independent and parallel SACP structures, that are not accountable to, and not bound by the decisions of, the SACP as a whole. Put differently it is an attempt to create ‘liberated zones’ for the 1996 class project, as part of contesting the very soul of the SACP. It is an attempt to frighten the SACP from legitimately demanding the most principled implementation of its programmes and campaigns.” Earlier in the speech, Cde Nzimande refers to the political report given at the augmented Central Committee meeting in November: “In locating the tasks of this Congress, it is important that I share with you some of the very important discussions and debates that took place at our 2006 Augmented Central Committee, especially some points contained in the political report. We think this is important in that it talks to a number of issues raised by your own discussion document. “The primary aim of that political report was to facilitate a debate on our perspectives and vision of, and transition to, a socialist South Africa, as the anchor upon which we need to base our strategy and tactics in the current period and beyond. It is therefore important that you approach your own Congress debates and discussion from this standpoint.” See the linked item below for the full speech. As for the Augmented CC discussion document on the South African Road to Socialism, the Communist University does not have it, but would very much like to have it. If anyone can assist, please do so. The second item is the CV of General Leopoldo Cintra Frias, whom President of Cuba Fidel Castro Ruz calls “Polo”, and mentioned last December at the event in commemoration of the 49th anniversary of the landing of the “Granma” and the 30th anniversary of the first Cuban expeditionary force to Angola. Concerning the victorious second Cuban expeditionary force in Angola, Cde Fidel said: “Here with us are Comrade Polo Cinta Fr√≠as, the bold commander of the Angola southern front at that time, and many comrades who took part in the actions of those glorious, unforgettable days. The resounding victories in Cuito Cuanavale, especially the devastating advance by the powerful Cuban contingent in southwest Angola, spelled the end of foreign aggression.” Click on these links: Build YCL as SA political school for communism, Blade Nzimande (5807 words) Cuban Army General LEOPOLDO CINTRA FRIAS, CV (brief curriculum vitae)

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