Mashaba's allegation of racial bigotry baseless - SACP

Party says it has an unmatched record of embracing everybody regardless of origin

SACP denounces Mashaba’s opportunism, baseless allegation, xenophobic conduct and disdain for the people

The South African Communist Party denounces the spurious allegation of racial bigotry opportunistically levelled against the Party and its General Secretary Cde Blade Nzimande by one Mr Herman Mashaba. Mashaba is the first mayor of Johannesburg who is notorious for making widespread xenophobic utterances causing serious problems in the city. For the record, the SACP is the first non-racial political organisation in South Africa. The SACP has a proud history and well-known unmatched record of embracing everybody regardless of their nationality or origin, including South Africans of Chinese descent.

Mashaba must focus on the fact that he – unlike Premier David Makhura who set time aside out of his busy provincial government schedule to receive the memorandum and address the march against state capture and corruption on Wednesday – chose a cowardly act of running away from the people. The SACP reiterates its condemnation of Mashaba’s xenophobic conduct and denounces his opportunistic, baseless allegation and disdain for the people.

Statement issued by SACP, 30 September 2017