Blade Nzimande has issued a stern warning to the ANC, saying the day the ruling party gets captured by parasites and imperialists, the SA Communist Party (SACP) will be forced to build an alternative to carry forward its democratic revolution.
The SACP boss also warned about the emergence of the “parasitic bourgeoisie” which was looting the state to enrich itself. “We have continued with the alliance with the ANC for as long as the ANC is orientated towards the workers and the poor,” Nzimande said yesterday in his address at the 17th World Trade Union congress.
“The day the ANC gets captured by parasites and imperialists we, as the SACP, will be forced to build an alternative to carry forward our democratic revolution,” he said.
“For now, the ANC stills remains the most relevant broad movement to unite a whole range of forces to drive a progressive agenda.” Nzimande vowed that the SACP will not be allies with a “parasitic bourgeoisies”.
“We need to defend our state against being looted so that it is strengthened to redirect monopoly capital in order to transform our economy,” he said. “We know we are not going to win this battle alone.”
Nzimande lashed out the country’s four main banks, saying they operated as if they were somewhere in New York or London. He said the banks were unable to respond to the needs of ordinary South Africans. “Their primary orientation is towards funding consumption and not funding investment into a job-creating, productive economy,” Nzimande said.
“That is why, as the SACP, we have been campaigning to transform the financial sector, including the banking system in South Africa.” Nzimande accused imperialists of trying to drive a wedge between the SACP and trade union federation Cosatu.
“We are not going to allow the SACP and Cosatu to be driven apart,” he said. Nzimande, who is also the minister of higher education and training, blamed the ongoing student protests at several universities in the country on “forces” who want regime change.