The SA Communist Party (SACP) says they were the first to speak out about South Africa’s trendy maxim, ‘state capture’.
Therefore, the communist party opined that former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s assertion that the SACP arrived late in addressing ‘state capture’ was wrong because the party has never been mum about ‘state capture’.
“The SACP was the first organisation to come out and say let us take responsibility for the revolution,” spokesperson Alex Mashilo told News24 on Tuesday.
“It was the first organisation… to say our revolution committed the following mistakes,” SACP added.
SACP’s Alex Mashilo also recalled a 2014 statement made by the SACP’s augmented central committee, therein the party showed concerns about how state appointments were being increasingly influenced by affluent business personalities.
Speaking further, Mashilo recalled that in the statement issued on November 20 2014, the SACP asserted that “There are also widespread indications of money politics at play and even of business people having a direct hand into appointments into key positions within the state.”
“When this chap [Vavi] says we are just coming out now… it’s opportunism. Where was this gentleman to come out in support of the party?” Mashilo added.
We will recall that Vavi told News24 in an interview that SACP and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe must take responsibility for the “mess we are finding ourselves in”.
“Just like I am taking the responsibility for my own role in the run-up to 2007,” he said.
SACP’s Alex Mashilo recalled also that in May 2015, the SACP criticized corporate capture in its political report.
“We were not raising it in 2016, we were not raising in 2015, we started raising it in 2014 as [proven] in that statement.
“Why didn’t he [Vavi] come out then? He was still in the movement at that time. Why didn’t he come out to support the SACP?,” Mashilo further slammed Vavi.
Mashilo asserted that the SACP has been cautious about the whole issue because the party is apparently dealing with “matters of principle”.
“When business people increasingly achieve influence in our appointments in the state or state-owned enterprises, that is wrong. You cannot expect us to be silent about it,” he said.
Mashilo also commented on Vavi’s statement that ‘ANC is repeating same mistakes it made in 2007’. The SACP spokesperson said that the party had earlier commented on ANC’s mistakes in 2007.
“This was discussed in the SACP’s 2015 discussion document titled “Challenges facing the trade union movement. After Polokwane the first organisation to go out and say there was a problem in Polokwane was the SACP.
At that time the SACP said there was a new tendency that when we were fighting in Polokwane certain individuals were not fighting for principles. They were fighting for ‘our time to eat’, referring to themselves… that’s why Polokwane was a problem,” Mashilo opined.