SOUTH - AFRICA

 

 

Capitalism is violent and not the working class !

 

Wildcat strikes are not a crime !

However, to shoot down striking workers is a crime !

[watch the video !]

 

45 striking miners - killed by the capitalist state

for protecting the profit

of the owners of the mining companies !

The miners dug the same ground
upon which dead they were later found.

 

 

Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the militant Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) :

"We're going nowhere. If need be, we're prepared to die."

 

 

 

 

Long live the socialist world revolution !

 

Miners of all countries - unite !

Miners - unite all countries!

 

 

The Comintern (SH) reports on the striking miners in Marikana.

 

Their struggle deserves our full solidarity, the internationalist solidarity of the world's workers movement!

We are very angry and sharply condemn the horrible, criminal massacre of 45 South African workers. We grieve for the miners who have heroically fought for a better life of their families. We express our condolences to the families who have lost their fathers, sons, brothers and friends and whose life will become harder than it was ever before.

The massacre of Marikana is full in line with the massacre of Sharpeville 1960 and Soweto 1976 - only the color of the murderers has changed from white to black.

Now, when the police has killed striking workers at their mine, the social-fascist ANC cannot hide any more behind the curtain of “anti-apartheid”. Blacks kill Blacks. The real murderers are the “Tripartite Alliance” - consisting of the capitalists, the South-African bourgeois government and the COSATU (trade unions) !

 

This bloodbath was a fascist provocation - systematically planned and executed for the purpose to physically exterminate the revolutionary forces of the working class ! One thing is for sure: Murderers of workers will not go unpunished ! In the end it is the workers who will defeat their murderers and who will be the grave-diggers of capitalism ! Global workers' power is unavoidable according to the law of mankind's history !

 

The striking miners have their say:

 

We are prepared to fight.”

They can fire us if they want, we are not going back to work.”

Returning to work would be an insult to our dead colleagues.”

Its better to die than to work for that shit.”

We must not be afraid of death because everyone who works underground is as good as dead.”

The mine is just a grave that can bury you at any time.”

We are going to protest until we get what we want.

Police can try and kill us but we won’t move.”

The police is here not to protect the lives of people, but the property of the mine.”


The government is under the ANC - so it’s the ANC that killed us.”

 

A large group of women, not employed at the mine saying:

We have joined our husbands in their bid to earn a living wage. We cannot take this thing anymore. We are joining them in their fight; we are the ones who suffer at home because of the peanuts that our husbands earn."



However, the mining company is only worried about the drastically loss of production (loss of profit) at the mine. The company openly stated:

“Lonmin welcomes the increased presence of the South African Police Services (SAPS) at the site of the mine, and is cooperating fully with the authorities to help restore a safe and secure environment for its employees (!) as quickly as possible. If the industry continues to be damaged by illegal actions it is not just the economy which suffers, but all our employees, their families and dependents.”

What an impudent lie ! The truth is: Strikes minimize the profit of the capitalists ! That's why the Lonmin's mine called the police to violently repulse the striking miners. 500 heavy-armed police forces, armored cars and police trucks have been patrolling the area around London-listed Lonmin's mine while a helicopter (military type “Atlas Oryx”) circled above the spot where the miners had been forced by water canoon and teargas. The police opened fire on hundreds of workers. After three minutes of gunfire, bodies littered the ground in pools of the workers' blood. Police kills 45 workers and presented itself as a “victim” on top of that massacre. How can the police call on people to mourn those the has killed? The ministry defended the police's massacre: “The strikers have started violence.” The character of the terrible events in Marikana does not depend on who the attacker was; it depends on what class is waging the fight, and on what class-politics this fight is a continuation of. Fact is that the police did not come to protect the rights of the workers. They protected the rights of their exploiters ! The workers have a right to strike ! They have a right to protect their strike, to protect their life – in case of need also with weapons ! Arming of the proletariat to defeat, expropriate and disarm the bourgeoisie. These are the only tactics possible for a revolutionary class, tactics that follow logically from, and are dictated by, the whole objective development of capitalist militarism. The massacre has been brought about by the ruling classes and only a revolution of the working class can end it.

 

The truth is: The working class cannot defeat the superior class enemy just with sticks, knifes and machetes in face of a heavy-armed, modern equipped counter-revolutionary force which is militarily drilled as killer-machines. It is the revolutionary proletariat and its communist leadership who decide and determine their own tactical steps and movements - how, when and where the proletariat shall enter or withdraw from the battle fields of class-struggle against the bourgeoisie. The proletariat enters the battle field namely in those preferable situations if its own supremacy of revolutionary forces is secured. And the proletariat withdraws from the battle field if the negative and risky aspects clearly dominate. And obviously the risky aspects dominated in Marikana.

Open hills are a prime target for the police forces. Probably, it would be much more advantegeous taking cover in the mine. There are a lot of forms of struggle which can be realized successfully in the mine - underground.

Only agent-provocateurs try to lure fighting workers into the traps of a superior position of the counter-revolutionary forces. Unnecessary workers' blood must be absolutely avoided. When analyzing the tense situation, we cannot exclude the case that there - on the hills around the mine - were some agents provocateur smuggled among the striking miners. Probably, they could have set a trap for the miners and they should have walked right into it. In a social-fascist country like South Africa, it is very important to protect the strikers immediately prior armed fascist forces. For this purpose, special self-defense organizations are urgently necessary.

Strikers who perform illegal activities require special illegal organizations. All preparations and arrangements should be made conspiratively, etc.

 

Armed strikes are not the typical form of the economic struggle. They form an exception in most extreme situations of workers' life. Preferable, armed strikes make sense, especially in a revolutionary situation, which brings about various forms of mass-struggle ( general strike etc) which are all together necessary to achieve the strategical aim of the establishment of the dictatorship of the proletariat. So far, there is neither a current situation for the socialist revolution, nor Stalinist-Hoxhaist leaders among striking miners. There is no genuine communist organization of the miners – not to mention a Section of the Comintern (SH), which would be able to coordinate the nation-wide mass-actions with the necessary common actions on a global scale.

“The workers took our weapons” a policeman sighed at. Is this good ? Yes, this is even excellent ! But it would be much better if the armed police forces themselves would protect the miners against capitalist exploitation through the mine owners. Nevertheless, the armed struggle of the miners underlines their extraordinary courage and resoluteness. The armed miners are a bright example for the struggle of all workers in South-Africa and all over the world. But, to tell the truth: without an experienced communist leadership of a strong proletarian army, there will be no chance of success for ceasing the murderous wage slavery. Therefore, it is the task of the Communist International, to lead the working class in the revolutionary struggle for political power - starting with the economic struggle for the daily hardships of the workers.


Just a few months ago Lonmin had to close some of its mines due to the low cost of platinum..which lead to hundreds of jobloss. The mine shut for 6 weeks early this year amid labour blood-letting. And in January there had been similar violent clashes. Then a mine of Impala Platinum had been closed for six weeks. Now, it is Lonmin who tries to isolate the 3000 militant Rock Drill Operators, however only 25% of the workers came returned to their working place and production is only possible with a minimum of 80 % workforce.

The mine operator declared the strike illegal and refused to negotiate with the autonomic strike committee of the miners over wage increases. They could do like this because two unions waged a bitter dispute among themselves about who was now actually competent for negotiations. Therefore, the miners had to decide on a wildcat strike. The so-called "wildcat" and illegal strikes are such strikes, which are proclaimed by the workers without the sanction and against the will of the NUM (National Union of Miners). Today, "wildcat" strikes form an extreme but common way to oppose the growing pressure of the economic crisis in South Africa. It is neither a NUM strike, nor a strike of the AMCU. However the NUM is against the strike whereas the AMCU supports the strikers. The representative of the AMCU was at least given an ear by the strikers, but NUM officials were heckled away and forced to retreat. The miners have formed their own independent strike leadership and thus they based themselves on their own strengths. That was a good decision because they did not cede their leadership to the corruptive trade union leaders.

That's why the social-fascist NUM leaders (faithful to their capitalist state) have started an angry smear campaign against the strikers. Frans Baleni, the general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, defended the police action in saying: "The police were patient, but these people were extremely armed with dangerous weapons."

NUM spokesperson, Lesiba Seshoka threatened the striking workers: “We do everything possible to get everybody disarmed and those who are responsible for murders arrested. AMCWU misuse workers for cannon fodder. Arrest Mathunjwa and Steve Kholekile!

The NUM leaders abused the miners not only as "Hooligans" and on top of that they incited the police to punish "these criminals". Some time ago, it is said that one of the NUM - leaders had been shot because of his betrayal. Unionists shoot unionists - Can you imagine a more extreme attack at the world proletariat? “Devide and conquer!” That is the slogan of the rulers all over the world. And last year one of the hateful NUM leaders was struck with a brick and lost an eye. No wonder that the NUM-leaders hid themselves cowardly in armored police vehicles. They even did not dare to go to the mine workers ! Instead of this they gave instructions to the police officers.


The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), is a union federation which are opposed to the strikers, amd which supported the police-action.

COSATU was founded in 1985 and is the largest of the country’s three main trade union federations, with 21 affiliated trade unions, altogether organising 1.8 million workers. COSATU is part of an alliance with the ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP), called the Tripartite Alliance. COSATU’s role in the alliance has been the subject of debate, since the organisation has been critical of some of the ANC government's policies. While some affiliates have argued for greater independence from the ruling political party, others have argued that the arrangement gives COSATU a political influence “beneficial to its members” (influence as agents of the bourgeoisie within the workers' movement !). The NUM-leaders are strikebreakers, especially strikebreakers of “illegal” strikes of the miners.

NUM (National Union of Miners) is in bed with companies and the ANC. The corrupt NUM has lucrative shares in the companies. The NUM (300000 members) is the prolonged arm of the South African social-fascist bourgeoisie which dominates the working movement. Fact is that a bourgeois trade union cosied up to big business while the miners lead the struggle independently and in confrontation with the multinational owners of the platin-mine in Marikana, the capitalist state of South Africa and the social-fascist NUM. The Lonmin story starts with the 360,000-member National Union of Mineworkers, formed in the 1980s. Under the leadership of Cyril Ramaphosa the union became the biggest affiliate to the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), a powerful ally of the ruling ANC. Cyril Ramaphosa is now on the board of Lonmin, which owns the mine where the shootings occurred ! The miners, who are currently earning between 4,000 and 5,000 rand ($484-$605) a month, say they want their salary increased to 12,500 rand ($1,512). The workers are tired of NUM's empty promises – after 18 years the wage remained the same. NUM's already well-paid secretary, Baleni, was awarded a salary increase of more than 40% (!) last year and his total salary package is just more than R105 000 a month. Whereas, the Lonmin miners live in corrugated iron shacks without running water or electricity: “They cut off our water supply every day during the day. They take our platinum and enrich themselves but where is our money going?” No wonder that - at the Lonmin mines and at other working places - the NUM membership has declined from 66% of workers to 49%. In Consquence, disgruntled and expelled militant union leaders started a new union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union. This new trade union was organized on the NUM's turf. Disputes between the two unions escalated into violence earlier this year at another mine.

The AMCU mainly recruits its members from expelled NUM members who criticized the treacherous NUM-leaders. In first line the AMCU supported the rock drillers (who are the core of this strike and do the hardest work underground) earning R4,000 a month were promised R12,500 a month:"We want R12 500!” The frustrated miners did not want to be fobbed off with foul compromises of wage negotiations and they forced their pay demands with spears, sticks and machetes . The unsatisfying wage was the catalyst of the strike. The AMCU (50 000 members) organized among poor workers who created no-go zones for police ( by the way, the Comintern [SH] supports the globalization of no-go zones for police !). Joseph Mathunjwa, an AMCU leader, "We're going nowhere. If need be, we're prepared to die." However, the AMCU follows the spontaneous line of pure trade-unionism. This is the wrong way out of the conflict with the social-fascist NUM. This conflict can only be solved if the workers smash and destroy the NUM. The workers cannot be victorious if they do not overthrow both the capitalists and the capitalist state with its instruments - the social-fascist trade unions. This is not a matter of a spontaneous struggle. This is a matter of a revolutionary struggle led by a revolutionary trade union which is backed by the whole world proletariat, by the Revolutionary Trade Union International (RILU), the Communist International (Stalinist-Hoxhaists) and its Sections all over the world !

 

Enver Hoxha said:

"The most important organizations of the masses are the trade-unions. Generally speaking, in the capitalist and revisionist countries today, these organizations serve the bourgeoisie, revisionism, to keep the proletariat and all the working masses in bondage. In his time, Engels said that the trade unions in Britain had been transformed from organizations which terrified the bourgeoisie into organizations which served capital. The trade union organizations have bound the worker with a thousand threads, with a thousand coils of the chain of enslavement, so that when the isolated worker revolts, he can easily be suppressed. The opportunist trade-union leaders work so that the revolts of the workers of one or more enterprises, who go on strike or hold demonstrations, are kept under control and assume only an economic character. The worker aristocracy works very hard to manipulate things in this direction. In the capitalist countries, this aristocracy plays a major role in eroding, suppressing, and misleading the revolt of the masses and has long become a fire brigade to quell the flames of the revolution. In all the capitalist countries today, the main and revisionist parties have their own trade-unions. These trade-unions, are now acting in unity and have established close collaboration in order to hold back the revolutionary movement of the proletariat, and corrupt the working class politically and morally. Therefore, to free itself from capitalism, it is essential for the proletariat of every country to shake off the yoke of the trade-unions dominated by the bourgeoisie and opportunists, as well as that of any kind of social-democratic and revisionist organization or party. All these organisms support the owning class in various ways and try to create the illusion that 'they are a great force', that they are a brake., that -they can impose themselves on the big capitalists- allegedly in favour of the proletariat. This is nothing but a big fraud. The proletariat has to smash these organisms. But how? It must destroy them by fighting the leadership of these trade-unions, by rising against their treacherous connections with the bourgeoisie, by breaking up the 'calm', the 'social peace' which they want to establish, a 'peace' which is disguised with the alleged revolts against the owning class which the unions engage in from time to time. It is possible to work to destroy these tradeunions by getting into them in order to fight and erode them from within and oppose their unjust decisions and actions. This activity must involve the biggest and most powerful groups possible of workers in the factories. In every case the aim must be to achieve a steel unity of the proletariat in the fight not only against the employers but also against their agents, the trade-union bosses. The forceful exposure of all the traitor elements at the head of trade-unions, of the bourgeois degeneration of the trade-union leadership and the reformist trade-unions in general, frees the workers from many illusions they still have about this leadership and these trade-unions. While infiltrating the existing trade-unions, the Marxist-Leninists never descend to the trade unionist, reformist, anarcho-syndicalist, revisionist positions, which characterize the leadership of these trade-unions. They never become partners with the revisionists and the other bourgeois and opportunist parties in the leadership of trade unions. Their aim is to expose the bourgeois character and reactionary role which the trade unions, in general, have today in the capitalist and revisionist countries, to undermine these organizations in order to open the way to the setting up of genuine proletarian trade-unions” (Enver Hoxha, “Imperialism and Revolution”).

 

 



After more than 18 years in power, the revisionists have created an exclusive society.

An old African Idiom says: “A leopard does not change its spots!” – This concerns also the spots of the revisionist government and its NUM-lackeys!

An international slogan of the revisionists is: “Roll back Monopoly Offensive!” In South-Africa they call it “Roll back the White Monopoly Offensive!”

On this treacherous way the revisionists want to “purify” capitalism from monopolism. Of course, this is a fake slogan because monopolism is the unavoidable and immanent result of the development of capitalism. If you really want to roll back the monopoly offensive you need to destroy completely its roots, you need to destroy capitalism. And this is what the revisionists do not like. They want a capitalism with a “human face” which they call “socialism”. The revisionists are not against capitalism, but against its extreme excesses at the very most. The capitalist-revisionist government of South Africa (inclusively the young Malema opponent!) Intends to nationalize the mines. Mind you, the national bourgeoisie (state capitalism) and not the working class (socialism). We say: “No to the fake nationalisation of Malema and the ANC!” We say “Yes” to expropriate all the mines and banks, without compensation. We say: “Yes” to the global socialization of all means of world production! We say “Yes” to the dictatorship of the world proletariat !




In History, the old CPSA supported the strike against the mining concerns from a class perspective in the context of the struggle between the working class and the capitalist class but condemned the demand to preserve the colour bar as well as the slogan "Workers of the world, unite and fight for a white South Africa!". With the failure of the rising, in part due to black workers failing to strike, the Communist Party was forced by the Comintern to adopt the Native Republic thesis which stipulated that South Africa was a country belonging to the Natives, that is, the Blacks. The Party thus reoriented itself at its 1924 Party Congress. ANC itself, though, remained broadly social democratic in outlook. the ANC's programme does not threaten the existence of capitalism in South Africa and is heavily reliant on foreign investment . By the way: The social-fascist SACP is member of the so-called “International Meetings of Communist and Workers' Partieswhich was initiated by the Greek KKE !!

 

And what is the statement of the Trotzkyites ?

The Trotzkyites call the events of Marikana: a “ treacherous practice of the Stalinist party is an important lesson for the international workers movement. Once more, the world working class can see that Stalinism is a deadly enemy!” (Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 17.8.2012)

 

This is the old treacherous lie of the Trotzkyites that they call revisionist and social-fascist parties = “Stalinist” parties.

It is an important lesson for the international workers movement that the Trotzkyites and the whole reactionary bourgeoisie sing - and always sang - from the same hymn sheet. The world working class can see that Trotskyism is a deadly enemy of the Soviet Union of Lenin and Stalin, an enemy of the socialist world revolution and the dictatorship of the world proletariat !!




South Africa is, along with China, Brazil, Russia and India, a member of the BRICS club of emerging world economic powerhouses.

South Africa is one of the world's top two most unequal societies (with Brazil). Poverty, inequality and unemployment lie at the heart of the Marikana shootings.

The Marikana miners are one of the world's biggest platinum producers. Lonmin, which is listed on both the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, is affiliated to the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). These metals are essential for many industrial applications, especially catalytic converters for internal combustion engine emissions, as well as their widespread use in jewellery. About 80% of the world's known platinum reserves are in South Africa which is used to make catalytic converters in cars. If the car inustry is in crisis, then also the mine industry is in crisis. The London-based company has lost as a result of the riots around 20 percent of its market value. Investors lost about half a billion euros. Moreover, since Tuesday production stopped at the mine. According to information provided by Lonmin, this means a loss of 15,000 ounces of platinum. In the commodity markets, platinum price rose during the day to $ 39 on $ 1,433 per ounce. Lonmin shares drop almost five percent in London and four percent in Johannesburg.

The global crisis has hit the miners hard - not only in South Africa but throughout the world. The nultinational mining companies shift the crisis of world commodity markets on the miners. By contrast, the miners must also multinationally organize united actions of resistance. The goal is the global socialization of the mineral resources and the associated industrial world production.

The conflict between the owners of the foreign and domestic capital is loaded onto the back of the South African working class. However, is that really freedom if the workers can chose whether they are exploited by the foreign bourgeoisie or the domestic bourgeoisie ? Exploitation is exploitation and remains exploitation, anyway. The world proletariat and the South African working class is against any form of wage slavery. The workers fighting for a socialist South Africa, where exploitation of man by man is removed forever. The South African proletariat is part of the world proletariat and fights for a socialist Africa in a socialist world.

The Marikana action is a strike by the poor against the state and the haves. This revolutionary action will unavoidably spread all over South-Africa, all over the whole African continent. To burst the chains of the alliance of global companies, capitalist states and social-fascist trade unions is the only way out of global wage slavery.

South Africa is approaching a new revolution after Arpatheid . These sparks will trigger an Arab Spring-style revolt in South Africa. The struggle of the miners is is part of the coming of socialist world revolution at which the miners of Marikana have their honorable seat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resolution

The South African Question

adopted by the ECCI of the Communist International

Sixth Comintern congress

1928








Concerning the Maoists in South Africa, please read the excerpt of the third part of our “Declaration of war against Maoists” - chapter 6.1 – “Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)”:

 

6.1

– Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)

 

South Africa is by far one of the most – if not the most – industrialized country of the whole African continent. Contrary to what happens in many parts of this region, South Africa is a nation in which capitalist productive relations are highly developed and in which there is a very significant number of urban proletarians. As we know that the development of capitalist productive relations necessarily cause the deepening of workers’ revolutionary conscience, it is not at all surprising that South African ruling classes try to find manners of opposing this awaking consciousness by using Maoist revisionism to deceive South African workers. This is why one of the rare African Maoist organizations is located precisely in South Africa, a country whose working class is among the most repressed and abused of all.

After centuries under British colonial dominion, South African toiling masses obtained formal independence only to find themselves under the ultra-reactionary rule of the white racist plutocrats who imposed a system of terrible oppression not only over black workers, but also over poor white workers. The purpose of this system was to divide proletarians according to race, thus preventing them from uniting against their common exploiters. Simultaneously, under the pretext that black people were “racially inferior”, South African dominant classes kept black proletarians in the most loathful poverty and degradation with the aim of preserving them as a vast amount of hungry and desperate human workforce to be easily subjugated by the white plutocrats, who made (and continue to make…) outrageous superprofits from the exploitation of these black workers. However, this openly reactionary system involved many risks because it could foster the acquisition of a communist conscience by both black and white proletarians, so obvious and explicit was the class character of the South African racist socio-economic system and state. It was a dangerous situation not only to the local dominant classes, but also to the American imperialists which supported the highly profitable Apartheid system. In order to avoid that South African workers advanced towards an authentically socialist ideology, it was fabricated a plan whose objective was to keep South African workers in dreadful life conditions while giving them a false impression of “freedom”. And so the masquerade of the alleged “end of the Apartheid system” was put in place in the early 90’s. This masquerade managed to mislead many workers who sincerely thought they would live in a “multiracial democracy”.

An essential instrument used to deceive South African proletarians was the formation of a tiny black bourgeoisie whose existence is willingly supported by the same white plutocrats that kept the Apartheid system alive for decades. This black bourgeoisie - of which Nelson Mandela’s pro-capitalist African National Congress is the best example – proved to be the best mangers and protectors of the white monopolists’ rule. Needless to say that the vast majority of black workers knew no improvements in their living and working conditions with the replacement of the former system of open Apartheid by the present system of hidden Apartheid.

Initially, just like occurred during the open Apartheid, South African exploiting classes continued to be basically of comprador type. Recently, South African bourgeoisie started to engage in imperialist expansion and nowadays this country can already be considered as a regional imperialist power, but despite this it continues to be under the influence of world imperialism in general and of American imperialism in particular. This is unsurprising if we take into account that the end of the explicit Apartheid did not mean the slightest change of the socio-economic exploitative relations; the dominant classes remained fundamentally the same. However, there was a section of the already referred black bourgeoisie which started to want something more than mere alms from the foreign imperialists and from the white capitalists. The main tasks that the local monopolists and the foreign imperialists assign to the black bourgeoisie consist in contributing to hide that the oppressive dominion of the white racist plutocrats and of foreign imperialism were continuing just like during the epoch of open Apartheid. But as time passed, this black bourgeoisie divided in two factions: one of purely comprador type which serves the interests of the old South African pro-imperialist elites, and the other of national type which aims to seize politico-economic power in order to achieve a better place within the world capitalist market, in order to establish its rule without having to give most of the profits to the local and foreign imperialists.

And it’s precisely the interests of this national bourgeoisie - whose main goal is the strengthening of South African imperialism - which the “Communist” Party of South Africa (“Marxist-Leninist”) represents. South African Maoists try to disguise this truth behind “revolutionary” phraseology. They state that:

In line with the reorganisation of international production major efforts on the part of the South African government are afoot to establish Export Processing Zones (EPZ’s) or so-called Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) as an attraction to foreign direct investors whereby they can reap maximum profits including repatriation of all profits and labour flexibilization that includes the right of the bosses to hire and fire workers at will and no trade union protection for workers whatsoever.” (http://www.icmlpo.de/, ICMLPO 8th International Conference - Contribution of CPSA (ML) – Country report South Africa, May, 2004, edition in English)

As can be seen, South African Maoists criticize the “Special Economic Zones” that exist in their country. In fact, these “SEZ” were invented by South African bourgeoisie comprador in benefit of foreign imperialist monopolist corporations which are able to maximize their profits through limitless exploitation of South African workers. But the counter-revolutionaries of the “C”PSA (“ML”) could not care less about the well being of those workers. They are just using them as a pretext to criticize the “SEZ” because they perceive them as being closely related with the dominion of the comprador bourgeoisie, whom they want to combat and overthrow with the aim of replacing it by that of the national bourgeoisie. Indeed, the anger of the South African Maoists against the “repatriation of profits” made by foreign imperialist investors illustrates very well the fact that the social-fascists of the “C”PSA (“ML”) are not in the least concerned about the huge oppression that those foreign imperialist investors exercise over South African proletariat. The South African Maoists are just upset because instead of going to the pockets of the foreign imperialists and of the bourgeois comprador, they would prefer to see those profits going to the pockets of their own national bourgeois bosses.

And the neo-revisionists of the “C”PSA (“ML”) don’t hesitate before affirming:

In conclusion the CPSA (ML) is today active in a situation of the following developments:

All parties that come from the old national liberation movement against the racist minority regimes e.g. the African National Congress (ANC) (…) have jettisoned the course of national liberation as anti-imperialist, have embraced neocolonialist parliamentarism and are now parties of compradorisation who are prepared and actually serve the interests of monopoly capitalists and their representative institutions at home and abroad.” (http://www.icmlpo.de/, ICMLPO 8th International Conference - Contribution of CPSA (ML) – Country report South Africa, May, 2004, edition in English)

First of all, we must not forget that the ANC was never a genuinely revolutionary movement. It was just a bourgeois-capitalist organization totally dedicated to save and defend the interests of the white plutocrats and of the foreign imperialists through contributing to the enforcement of a fake “multiracial democracy” only to mislead South African workers. However, right in the beginning of its course, the ANC had indeed a somewhat “anti-imperialist” and even “leftist” appearance because it was much repressed during the epoch of explicit Apartheid. This used to happen when the white monopolists were still not yet able to recognize the utility of the ANC as a valuable instrument to keep South African proletarians away from communist ideology. But as the ANC was nothing more than a mere bourgeois movement, its leaders didn’t even think twice before defending the interests of the internal and external oppressors of South African toiling masses. If the South African Maoists were genuine revolutionaries, they would not criticize the ANC not only because of its “compradorization” but mainly because of its intrinsically pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist and anti-socialist nature. But as the South African Maoists are only there to promote the ascension of their country’s national bourgeoisie, they are only worried about the “compradorization”, that is, about the strengthening of that branch of the South African bourgeoisie they aim to defeat:

The South African economy is stagnant viewed from the long-term basis (…). And when talk of growth is being bandied about, this refers mostly to investments in shares in the stock exchange (Johannesburg) and the creation of new millionaires who do the running for the supermonopolies and their banks - the compradorisation of former trade union leaders and former members of parliament including ex-ministers. In such a situation “job creation” is a mythical phrase!” (http://www.icmlpo.de/, ICMLPO 8th International Conference - Contribution of CPSA (ML) – Country report South Africa, May, 2004, edition in English)

So, far from advocating authentically revolutionary changes, far from defending socialism and the end of all repression and exploitation, the South African Maoists just scream about “neo-colonization and compradorization” – obviously trying to attract South African workers to the side of the national bourgeoisie. In fact, South African black and white proletarians live in the most absolute penury and the slogans of the “C”PSA (“ML”) supposedly against imperialism and neo-colonialism certainly sound appealing to them. They even may feel tempted to support South African Maoists without knowing that the “C”PSA (“ML”) merely aims to conquer them to foster the seizure of power by the national bourgeoisie, thus replacing one exploitative rule by another. And the same happens relatively to the compradorization of South African trade unions. The social-fascists of the “C”PSA (“ML”) don’t criticize it because they want to found genuinely Marxist-Leninist red trade unions. Quite on the contrary, they perceive that South African revisionist trade unions are under the dominance of the bourgeoisie comprador and they want to change this situation by putting those trade unions under the control of the national bourgeoisie. As can be concluded, everything here is solely related with inter-bourgeois contradictions and rivalries.

Indeed, the counter-revolutionaries of the “C”PSA (“ML”) try to catch workers in their revisionist trap by pretending to “denounce recolonization”:

All these activities of the South African government and its masters in the form of the supermonopolies and their megabanks do not have much impact on the lessening of the unemployment levels because less secure, contract labour is employed in fewer numbers than the more consistent joblosses as a result of the structural crisis of imperialism and lean production on the basis of the reorganisation of international production and recolonization.” (http://www.icmlpo.de/, ICMLPO 8th International Conference - Contribution of CPSA (ML) – Country report South Africa, May, 2004, edition in English)

As can be observed, South African Maoists engage in typically reformist complaints about job flexibilization and unemployment. Both these phenomenons are inherent to capitalism and can only be definitively abolished when capitalism itself is annihilated. And this because capitalist-imperialist search for maximum profits ultimately dictates the perpetuation of these two evils. Of course, it is not wrong for a Marxist-Leninist party to combat labour flexibilization and unemployment under the condition of always subordinating this struggle to the higher final objectives of socialism and communism. But the South African Maoists do just the opposite by presenting this kind of social-democratic garbage as an end in itself.

As we had already mentioned, the South African proletariat is undoubtedly among the most exploited and tortured proletariats of the whole world. Both black and white South African workers have endured awful misery and have felt the harshest forms of capitalist repression and exploitation in their own skin. Therefore, we Stalinist-Hoxhaists firmly believe that they will soon realize the gigantic anti-Marxist fraud that Maoism in general and South African Maoism in particular truly are.