The South African Communist Party (SACP) is spreading to the most remote areas of the country after it launched its Peddie branch on September 24 this year, with ex-Numsa shop steward, George Mzwali as its leader. Comrades from Cosatu, ANC, Numsa and Nehawu attended the launch. There were people from all the villages around Peddie – young and old, men, women and the youth. There was a vibrant atmosphere with people in red and black t-shirts.
Nomvuyo Nxawe, the mayor of Peddie, said that the existence of the SACP in Peddie will help people in the area to develop political awareness.
“People should not stop supporting the ANC because the SACP will never achieve what it wants without the ANC,” she told the meeting. “We should keep the alliance strong for us to achieve our goals together.”
Guest speaker, Xolisa Jakuja of the Skenjana Rhoji District Council and the vice chairperson of the SACP said communists are so disciplined. He told the meeting of the history of the SACP. “The SACP has engaged itself in the National Democratic Revolution to fight poverty, inequality and to empower black people economically. I want to caution those who want to join the SACP to fight the ANC, that this is not the platform to do that.”
Addressing the youth, he urged them to join so that there “can be future leaders who know what communism is all about.” He encouraged all communists to register and vote for the ANC next year.
When Cosatu chairperson and Numsa shop steward, Wayile took the stage, comrades were in high spirits, freedom songs were sung non-stop. He opened his speech saying that the SACP is for the working class, regardless of whether you are employed or not.
“The ANC won political freedom in 1994 and now class freedom will be won through the SACP. The SACP is the right platform where workers can raise their concerns,” he said.