ANC is not a Marxist party

THE public spat between the ANC Youth League and the SA Communist Party and its youth movement, the Young Communist League, is not helpful to either's cause.

THE public spat between the ANC Youth League and the SA Communist Party and its youth movement, the Young Communist League, is not helpful to either's cause.

What is disturbing, though, is that certain leaders in the alliance want to lay claim to the Polokwane victory as if that was an individual effort.

The victories scored in Polokwane were for the opening up of debate within the ANC and to bring back the ANC to the masses.

The ANC is the political centre.

As leader of the alliance, the ANC is the legitimate vanguard of the national democratic revolution.

It is therefore incumbent upon members of the party to defend it against those who want to dislodge the nationalist character of the ANC, hence the utterances of ANCYL president Julius Malema.

The ANC is not a Marxist organisation, but it is made up of all class sectors in society. This leads to its characterisation as a mass-based organisation, and this you cannot attribute to other alliance partners.

So Malema has every right as an ANC member to respond to any utterances that undermine the nationalist character of the party. For Jeremy Cronin to make assertions that the ANCYL's call to nationalise the commanding heights of the country's economy is motivated by the obsession with bling is political bankruptcy.

Cronin's utterances mean that the young people who elected Malema had no foresight by electing an imbecile as their leader .

The ANC needs to close ranks and forge unity within its structures and enforce discipline, though this would be difficult by the many hats that its members wear.

Aubrey Sibaya, Polokwane

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