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Nelson Mandela was a member of our CC at the time of his arrest - SACP

Alex Mashilo
06 December 2013

Party says late former president will always symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle

SACP statement on the passing away of Madiba

"...the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love"

Last night the millions of the people of South Africa, majority of whom the working class and poor, and the billions of the rest of the people the world over, lost a true revolutionary, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) joins the people of South Africa and the world in expressing its most sincere condolences to Ms Graca Machel and the entire Mandela family on the loss of what President Zuma correctly described as South Africa's greatest son, Comrade Mandela. We also wish to use this opportunity to express our solidarity with the African National Congress, an organisation that produced him and that he also served with distinction, as well as all his colleagues and comrades in our broader liberation movement. As Tata Madiba said:

"It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of the people, the workers, the peasants..."

The passing away of Cde Mandela marks an end to the life of one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, who fought for freedom and against all forms of oppression in both their countries and globally. As part of the masses that make history, Cde Mandela's contribution in the struggle for freedom was located and steeled in the collective membership and leadership of our revolutionary national liberation movement as led by the ANC - for he was not an island. In Cde Mandela we had a brave and courageous soldier, patriot and internationalist who, to borrow from Che Guevara, was a true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love for his people, an outstanding feature of all genuine people's revolutionaries.

At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party's Central Committee. To us as South African communists, Cde Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle. The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days.

The one major lesson we need to learn from Mandela and his generation of leaders was their commitment to principled unity within each of our Alliance formations as well as the unity of our Alliance as a whole and that of the entire mass democratic movement. Their generation struggled to build and cement the unity of our Alliance, and we therefore owe it to the memory of Cde Madiba to preserve the unity of our Alliance. Let those who do not understand the extent to which blood was spilt in pursuance of Alliance unity be reminded not to throw mud at the legacy and memory of the likes of  Madiba by being reckless and gambling with the unity of our Alliance.

The SACP supported Madiba's championing of national reconciliation. But national reconciliation for him never meant avoiding tackling the class and other social inequalities in our society, as some would like to make us believe today. For Madiba, national reconciliation was a platform to pursue the objective of building a more egalitarian South African society free of the scourge of racism, patriarchy and gross inequalities. And true national reconciliation shall never be achieved in a society still characterized by the yawning gap of inequalities and capitalist exploitation.

In honour of this gallant fighter the SACP will intensify the struggle against all forms of inequality, including intensifying the struggle for socialism, as the only political and economic solution to the problems facing humanity.

For the SACP the passing away of Madiba must give all those South Africans who had not fully embraced a democratic South Africa, and who still in one way or the other hanker to the era of white domination, a second chance to come to terms with a democratic South Africa founded on the principle of majority rule.

We call upon all South Africans to emulate his example of selflessness, sacrifice, commitment and service to his people.

The SACP says Hamba kahle Mkhonto!

Statement issued by the SACP, December 6 2013

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.False claims
You say Irvin Jim must produce evidence for his allegations against Blade "Croissant Face" Nzimande. Why don't you publish evidence that Mandela was a member of your party's CC when he got arrested?

After all, you once falsely claimed that Chief . .more

by Yellow Communist. on December 06 2013, 16:40
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@ yellow communist
You are other bored or lonely very childish contribution

by Sizwe on December 06 2013, 16:48
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What central Committee membership?
You say Madba was SACP's CC members at the time of his arrest?

And so what?

Was Joe Matthews, who later joined IFP, your CC member? Mbazima Shilowa, who later joined COPE? Thabo Mbeki, who you later called "1996 Class project"? T . .more

by I am a Carrier of R500 000 dirty money in a black rubbish bag, for whom? on December 06 2013, 16:52
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You insulted Nelson Mandela.
Mandela piloted GEAR economic policy in 1996, when he was SA President.

And what was your reaction to Mandela government's economic policy, namely GEAR?

You called it all sorts of names, including that it was neo-liberal and "a 1996 . .more

by True, red communism is dead in SA of today. on December 06 2013, 17:00
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Mandela was never SACP's CC member. Prove it then.
@Sizwe, are you Blade Nzimande's clone?

In all his writing from Rivonia Trial until his last major book, Converations with Myself, nelson mandela never admitted that he was a member of the Central Committee of the SACP.

Since you once . .more

by My sister was a tea-Girl, that is why I hate Yellow communists of the SACP. on December 06 2013, 18:09
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Mandela's death.

No worries...

At least now, Osama Bin Laden will have somebody to keep him company :-)

Viva!!! A looter continua......

by Walter Sisulu on December 06 2013, 20:22
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Angry Blade under Madiba.
Didn't Blade Nzimande sulk under Mandela's government because he was not made Minister of Education and that he served only as chairman of parliament's portfolio committee?

This story that Mandela was a communist sounds like a Verwoerdian . .more

by Soviet Scar Face on December 06 2013, 20:46
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So what?
He addressed a meeting of COSATU where he said GEAR was a fundamental policy of the ANC. You like to seek relevance through bankrupt attention tantrums.

by Mpumelelo on December 06 2013, 21:41
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not according to what I just read
One article pointed out that when he helped start the ANC youth league he tried to get rid of all the Communists because he didn't trust them ...

by Sad Days on December 06 2013, 23:27
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P
You are all a confused bunch of imbeciles

by Misanthrope on December 07 2013, 07:18
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Duh! CC member?
What is really so terrible about being a South African Communist that for 19 years of SA democracy, Mandela would not admit or confirm that he was once a Communist?

He admitted to practically everything in his life but the SACP CC membership. . .more

by Proudly A confused bunch of embeciles on December 07 2013, 12:51
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Duh. Huh? Mcxh.
If your false claim that Nelson Mandel was once a member of the SACP's Central Committee is true, what was Mandela petrified of to admit to such? That legend feared nothing and told the true in black and white. He even admitted he used to hive off by . .more

by Proudly A Bunch of Embeciles on December 07 2013, 13:15
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Yankee Scar Face and Malapropism
The above should read "that legend eared nothing and told the truth in black and white."

No apologies in order to Yellow Communists for the error.

You can go hang if you feel offended by the grammatical error.

by Duh. Huh? Mcxh. on December 07 2013, 13:24
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Thanks for the truth at last
So Nelson Mandela committed perjury at the Rivonia trial. It is confirmed.

And the ANC and anti-apartheid movement were also lying about this at the time. Just as they lied about the "nonracial" new South Africa where "minorities" would be . .more

by Staal Burger on December 07 2013, 14:18
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Don't understand why some people get so angry about the truth
Nelson Mandela and the USSR: The Russian role in the struggle against apartheid

"When Nelson Mandela turned 95 in July, Vladimir Putin paid one of the most glowing tributes to the great leader. “Your name is inseparably linked with an entire . .more

by Staal Burger on December 07 2013, 14:24
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Self-serving Communist Propaganda.
Last in November (2012), in the glaring absence of the honoree, Jacob Zuma delivered the ANC Centenary Lecture in honor of former president Thabo Mbeki in the Eastern Cape.

The event was carried live on SABC. So it has a digital . .more

by Communists lke to dissemble, even on the graves of the dead and departed. on December 08 2013, 08:07
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The whole Nelson Mandela Memory cottage industry is built on a falsehood.
So Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, their siblings, Graca Machel, the former Rivonia Trialists, the ANC, Cosatu, the Nelson Mandela Memory Centre, Mac Maharaj, Kgalema Motlanthe, Jacob Zuma - practically every SA democrat, has been lying to us about the . .more

by Yeltsin and Gorbachev's twins. on December 08 2013, 08:19
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How long the wait for closet’s contents?
Oh... how "evil" revisionist researchers will have a field day pulling out "holly" skeletons...
How many secret lies, memberships, commission kickbacks and brutal political expediency will they bring to light...?
How long before homo cadre is . .more

by Injala Apera on December 08 2013, 15:37
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What is the truth?
On page 239 of his autobiography Nelson Mandela states "I was not a Communist nor a member of the party".

by anon on December 08 2013, 16:55
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Mandela was a democrat
He may have been invited to attend meetings of the CC for one reason or the other as a result of the depth of respect from his comrades in the Party. He could also have explored the theories of Marxisms to which he was exposed as a revolutionary, however, . .more

by Nnete Feela on December 08 2013, 21:22
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NM and the SACP
No democrat ?, this is part of the truth that was and will not be told. A communist and a terrorist. That is what he was.

by Pieter on December 09 2013, 07:06
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Communism
Communism killed 100 people while apartheid killed (according to the TRC) 7000 people.
How can we get communism to be declared a crime against humanity?

Mandela was the leader of a party that since the 1950s was controlled and directed by . .more

by Nightjar on December 09 2013, 07:11
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There was unity, for democracy

Communists have done more for democracy than any other such discrete group in this country. The National Democratic Revolution is SACP policy, as much as it is anyone's policy.

The NDR is a revolution of democracy and for democracy. That's . .more

by Domza on December 09 2013, 07:14
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Mandela was a communist
People must learn to know their history and must from those who know it better if they dont know. People must not pretend to know the history of the ANC and its leaders and must be prepared to be educated if they dont know. I invite all of you to go to . .more

by Sizwe on December 09 2013, 07:17
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Ignorance
Next time, those who are ignorant and very thin in undertanding the true history of this country which is a true mirror of the sufferings under the apartheid regime will disagree with us when we say TM was a member of the Party. The capitalist propaganda . .more

by Sizwe on December 09 2013, 07:58
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Rubbish
This claim shows how bankrupt SACP is. Mandela was not a Communist. Only Blade would make such a false claim with a straight face. He after all is an impostor in the SACP.
Blade Nzimande is an Inkatha cadre deployed to implode SACP. That is why . .more

by Mhlekazi on December 09 2013, 08:22
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Where the truth lies.
@Sizwe, the ANC statement you are referring to was released by the ANC of Jacob Zuma and Gwede Mantashe, the least respected, most corrupt and very deceptive ANC cadre of leaders ever. It suits them to say stuff on Mandela because they are under siege . .more

by Historian or no Historian. on December 09 2013, 08:26
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SACP is on it again
Now you have no purpose for your existence 2013, you claiming Mandela who was a member of your CC in 1964. Ag shame SACP; the worl is moaning the passing of its icn, the SACP is busy claiming him saying "oh no, he was ours too; remember in 1964? he was a . .more

by South African on December 09 2013, 08:27
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Read ANC's Sechaba magazine in exile.
In all the copies of the ANC's exile magazine, Sechaba (and I have all the copies), the ANC and all its exile leaders made it clear Nelson Mandela was never a Communist.

Stephen Ellis's piece about Mandela writing "How to be a Good Communist" is . .more

by The Ngogu Group - Ful Stop. on December 09 2013, 08:39
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You get Communists, and you get Communists...
From the New York Times: "In one of his several trials, Mandela was asked if he was a Communist. 'If by Communist you mean a member of the Communist Party and a person who believes in the theory of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, and who adheres strictly . .more

by Andrew Donaldson on December 09 2013, 08:48
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The African Communist magazine copies deny Mandela was a Communist.
All the copies of The New Age (an SACP publication before the party was thrown underground for a second time in the early 1960s) and all the copies of the exiled SACP's The African Communist (and I have all copies of both in my personal library) all the . .more

by Real African Communist, not Yellow Communist of Blade nzimande's SACP. on December 09 2013, 08:52
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Liar
Msndela was never a Communist, in his book "Long Walk to Freedom" page 296 he donounced that he was a member of the SACP or its CC, so who is your source? Is Mandela or are you lying? Who is fooling Who?

by Liar on December 09 2013, 08:54
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What difference does it make?
Mandelal was a Communist; no he was not. Do we really need to go there now? This debate is stale. We were supposed to have it when he was released, during thr Truth and Reconciliation period and when he was our President. The man is no more, as Africans . .more

by South African on December 09 2013, 08:58
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The African Communist magazine, Part Two
The above should read correctly "...and Blade Nzimande, who only joined the struggle before it ended (around 1986)?"

By the way, the Zuma ANC IZANC) and Blade Nzimande's SACP now believes all the Verwoerdian propaganda that Nelson Mandela was "a . .more

by The Ngogu Group - Full Stop. on December 09 2013, 09:07
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The Mandela Mythology.
If Thabo Mbeki is right, and I think he is right, that the exiled ANC NEC under OR Tambo took a conscious decision to pick up Nelson Mandela over the rest of the imprisoned ANC Rivonia Trialist, and made him a symbol of the struggle against Aparthied only . .more

by Blade Lizard Face on December 09 2013, 09:24
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political management
People must remember that being a communist was demonised by those who did not like a descending view. Communists were treated as terorrists by the most corrupt capitalist system that find its strength on violence. It is not coincidence that Madiba like . .more

by Sizwe on December 09 2013, 09:37
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Perjury- posthumous
If this is correct, it means that Mandela has lied repeatedly, including in a court of law. Can a charge of perjury be pursued posthumously? Just asking.

Thank goodness I fought against Communism and its fellow travellers when I had the . .more

by Afrorealist on December 09 2013, 09:37
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Shubin's book does not confirm Nelson Mandela was a Communist.
I completely agree with @Blade Lizard Face and @Ngogu Group - Full Stop.

I have read Vladimir Shubin's most trenchant and detailed biography of the exiled ANC with a fine comb. And he really goes into small details about the ANC personalities . .more

by The Crazy Yellow Communists seek reflected glory from Madiba's death. on December 09 2013, 09:40
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It is current SACP's self-serving conjure, nothing more.
@Andrew Donaldson: Re your NYT's quote. I understood Mandela's statement to have meant that he was a Marxist (which is not the claim that the SACP is making in its post-Mandela death statement). Eg, everybody knows that Dr. Pallo Jordan of the ANC is a . .more

by My Father was a Russian communist; My Mother was an American Capitalist; that is why I know that Nelson Mandela was never a Communist or SACP CC member. on December 09 2013, 10:27
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@South African, you not sufficiently Proudly South African.
@South African: Your maudlin pleading misses the point of the SACP/ANC statement on Mandela's SACP CC membership entirely.

The statement is not about Mandela's political past. It is neither an elegy for the departed hero, nelson . .more

by 98% Zulu; 1% anti-SACP and 1% for the future. on December 09 2013, 10:41
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Verwordian definition of Communism cannot stand.
@Sizwe: Since when have the SA's Mass democratic Movement MDM) accepted to use Verword and Apartheid-era political definitions, such as the Verwordian catchall definition of Communism? has Blade "Black Rubbish Back dirty Money" Nzimande's SACP descended . .more

by Mobuto Sese Seko Lite in iNkandla's Gbadolite-like sprawling and taxpayer-funded Palace on December 09 2013, 11:06
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Will Mandela then look for SACP membership forms in heaven?
Nelson Mandela, to emphasize and re-emphasize his commitment to the ANC, said that he will look for an ANC branch as soon as he arrives in Heaven.

Very understandable for Madiba to have made this tongue-in-cheek statement, because he had also . .more

by Commie-Tsosis of the SACP on December 09 2013, 11:27
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@My Father was a Russian communist; My Mother was an American Capitalist; that is why I know that Ne...
The full New York Times piece is here

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/08/opinion/sunday/keller-nelson-mandela-communist.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0

by Andrew Donaldson on December 09 2013, 11:50
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SACP
I have respect for Alex Mashilo but not SACP, Blade has been attacking Irvin Jim thinking that we are going to support him we will never do that. He managed to put bulk of Cosatu leaders into his pocket in the form of CEC positions so that they can tow . .more

by Maduna EC on December 09 2013, 12:39
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Does it matter given the following?
1. In his speech at the Zionist Christian Church Easter Conference (Moria, 3 April 1994) Nelson

Mandela stated:

“We bow our heads in worship on this day and give thanks to the Almighty for the bounty He has bestowed upon us over the . .more

by Paul C on December 09 2013, 13:59
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Continued...
and the grave.

Our Messiah, who came to us in the form of a mortal man, but who by his suffering and crucifixion attained immortality.

Our Messiah, born like an outcast in a stable, and executed like criminal on the . .more

by Paul C on December 09 2013, 14:05
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Christian.
Frederik de Klerk concluded his speech on the principles of forgiveness and reconciliation (2 September 1997, Coventry, UK) with the words:

“As Christians we believe that the central act of history was the sacrifice that God made through the . .more

by Paul C on December 09 2013, 14:22
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Richard Kelly? Who is Richard Kelly?
@Andrew Donaldsom: Thanks for sharing with @My Father was a Russian Communist, My Mother was an American Captalist; ...blah, blah, blah.

But do you really want to convince us that a word of a mere white American journalist, who served NYT only . .more

by My brother was Oscared Pistoliuued, that is why I want to bang! the Commie-Tsotsis of the SACP in the SA white suburban bathroom, like.... on December 09 2013, 19:19
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Prove it to the public.
Interesting.

Blade Nzimande has to this day been unable to convincingly disprove the claim that he was once a full-throttle member of the IFP Youth Brigade until 1976, except to cajole the SACP CC he leads to issue a statement in 2012 seeking to . .more

by Sarah Dilo on December 09 2013, 19:32
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Evidence.
What concrete evidence is there that Nelson Mandela was ever a Communist?

by Rathabo Bogobe. on December 09 2013, 19:37
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Yellow Communists
We need not waste our time on anything come from that lier called Blade, currently he is dividing the working class trying to line his pockets...

by Blade "Lizard Skin" Nzimande a putrid soul on December 09 2013, 21:39
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TYPO
Meant coming

by Blade "Lizard Skin" Nzimande a putrid soul on December 09 2013, 21:41
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The vultures picking over the bones!

It's highly unlikely Nelson Mandela ever was a Communist. It is likely he saw a worthy ally in the SACP of yesteryear; but like the ANC of today, the SACP of today is nowhere what it used to be.

It has declined from a principled party of . .more

by Mute Fool on December 10 2013, 00:13
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Commie-Tsotsis and Gobblesque.
These SACP Commie-Tsotsis are Gobbelesque.

They feared Nelson Mandela so much that they dared not make their libelous claim as long as his weak heart beat the last days. They had to make sure Mandela was certified clinically dead before jumping . .more

by Mute Fool Makoya wa ka McCoy. on December 10 2013, 12:29
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