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RACISM is far from over in South Africa if organisations such as trade union Solidarity and AfriForum do not transform themselves, SA Communist Party chairperson Gwede Mantashe has said.
Mantashe, who is also the ANC secretary general, was delivering his opening address at the SACP's national congress in Polokwane yesterday.
He said both affirmative action and black economic empowerment were "under siege" and urged the party's alliance partners to protect those policies.
"Organisations like AfriForum and Solidarity are becoming bolder in fighting for the racist cause. The risk of some comrades becoming more extreme in their reaction is real," Mantashe said
He urged delegates not to succumb to the notion that communists should not "be in all centres of power".
In his political report presented to the delegates, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said even though the party supported black empowerment, he criticised people who were involved in corrupt activities and labelled some "tenderpreneurs" - who "paraded their blackness only in order to advance their own private interests".
"The immediate terrain against which to fight must be an advancement of concrete policies to transform the semi-colonial character of our growth path, while exposing the compradorial relationship that monopoly capital seeks to forge with the emerging black sections of the working class."
In response to Mantashe's charges, AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said it was "strange" Mantashe "erroneously portrays AfriForum's fair aspirations as being racist".
"Mantashe's attack is misdirected, especially in light of the fact that it rather is the SACP-ANC alliance which tries to enforce a racially obsessed ideological agenda on every area of the society."
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is to address the congress today.