In a clear indication once more that the South African Communist Party intends to divorce the ANC, its quite influential leader in the Mpumalanga province has sung ‘better we contest state power’ during its Red October rally over the weekend.
The song, “Ncono silithathe izwe (it’s better we take this country)”, is a song currently considered very divisive within the alliance partners of the ANC as it is sung by Mpumalanga communists to signify their intentions of ending the decades-long marriage with the ANC and contest elections in 2019.
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The outspoken Majuba, who is said to be the most influential communist in South Africa after national leader Blade Nzimande, sang the song during his introducing of party central committee member Zingiswa Losi at the eMalahleni civic centre where the party held its annual Red October rally over the weekend and where Losi was the main speaker.
The lyrics of the song are ‘Ncono silithathe izwe, sihamba ne-Cosatu, sihamba nama Komanisi (it’s better we take the country, we go with Cosatu, we go with Communists)’ and was sung by the provincial leader on Sunday.
Majuba also sang his signature tune, “Oliver Tambo Thina Sixhoshiwe Ekhaya (translated as ‘Oliver Tambo we have been chased away from our home’)”, an old struggle song of the ANC that was sung during the fight against Apartheid in the 1970s and 80s by anti-Apartheid activists in exile but one which has now become quite controversial within the alliance partners of the ANC in the Mpumalanga province as it is a song sung by Majuba to accuse ANC chairman David Mabuza of purging communists from government and ANC positions.
Both Ncono Silithathe Izwe and Oliver Tambo Thina Sixhoshiwe Ekhaya could be used by Majuba’s supporters in the Mpumalanga province to convince other provinces when the party meets for its national elective congress next year to take the resolution to divorce the ANC and contest the 2019’s general elections on their own.
In the 9th provincial congress that elected Majuba to serve as provincial secretary for the fourth time, the party took the resolution to divorce the ANC and to embark on a nationwide campaign to convince other provinces to so, citing the reasons that the ANC was embarrassing the SACP.
(edited by ZK)
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