The South African Communist Party (SACP) focus on the 2014 national elections reveals a relatively progressive electoral program. The main challenge of the SACP is to ensure the African National Party (ANC) receives an overwhelming electoral victory in the upcoming South Africa elections. The challenge within the movement of the SACP is the global and local return of neo-liberal triumphalism in the upcoming elections.
The SACP reported an increase in their membership, showing a large rise since the 2009 elections. There are activists acting as forerunners reaching into the turbulent townships and mining communities. These areas have been declared as no-go areas among anti-ANC coalition forces.
A primary concern for many is the rolling out of the National Health Insurance Scheme being threatened by private health care providers. The SACP believe that this is driving the majority of South Africans away from health benefits.
The SACP believe that a requirement of implementing a National Health Insurance plan will only be strengthened if the existing public health system is overhauled. The SACP condemns the role of private hospitals, including pricing of medicine and medical interventions, as contributing factors of the public health care system for South Africa.
The role of the Public Protector is another issue of concern in light of the latest information regarding the South African Broad Casting Company (SABC). There is a general view that the Public Protector’s report confirms similar patterns of corruption and inappropriate appointments. The SACP called on the SABC to not give up until the question of the findings of the Public Protector and the Special investigating unit is resolved.
The fight against corruption is a struggle, and the SACP publicly commend the people who fight against corruption in both public and private sectors. The SACP deputy president, Thulas Nxesi, has been commended for the key role he played as Minister of Public works in uncovering the Nkandla scandal.
Electoral victory for the ANC and its alliances are of paramount importance to the election effort, and the SACP called on members to not leave the class struggle and ignore their right to vote.
They have begun to call on their support to teach the Democratic Alliance (DA) a lesson and vote for the ANC. The SACP condemn the DA party, who reportedly support labor brokers and want a flexible labor market. They have made scathing remarks against the DA, charged by the SACP as disguising their white minority and neo liberal agenda behind black faces. The SACP wants their working class members to come out in large numbers and deliver a massive blow to the DA, which they represent as the party of large capital and white privilege.
The DA is not the only party under the scathing attack of the SACP. Leaders called on members to vote against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The SACP refers to the EFF as members in red berets who have never done a decent day’s work. Members were told of the fancy cars, high living, and alleged abuses of campaign funding. The EFF, according to the SACP, are akin to historic despots who rose to prominence by developing communism and then assassinating the working class once in power.
The SACP called on members to vote for the ANC and provide the opportunity to strengthen the progress in the democracy of South Africa, building on gains made in the past. They have constant praise for the ANC party and their opposing views on privatization, and their famous rescue of the auto sector by generating more jobs. The SACP told its members that the ANC introduced the elimination of negative credit information and the desire to improve the economic and social infrastructure of the country. The importance of the ANC party as represented by the SACP paints a picture of glory. A focus on the SACP before the 2014 South Africa election provides clear insight into the aspirations of this party.
By Laura Oneale