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COSATU wishes the SACP a successful 14th National Congress

COSATU extends its good wishes to the South African Communist Party {SACP} on the occasion of its 14th National Congress that is being held at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Johannesburg.

We look forward to the outcomes of this National Congress; because in South Africa the offensive against the organised working class persists as capital and its ideologues seek to respond to falling profits and sluggish growth by dismantling the hard won rights of the trade union movement. We are also witnessing the intensification of exploitations of the poor and the destruction of the environment in an unprecedented way.

This congress also takes place amidst the emergence of a parasitic bourgeoisie patronage network that seeks to entrench itself within key sectors of the state and particularly within strategic state-owned corporations. We expect the party to come out with clear proposals on how to help ensure that our democratic state is firstly defended and then assisted and reoriented towards driving an inclusive and sustainable growth path.

The SACP's role at this stage of our revolution therefore cannot be overstated because we need its scientific social analysis and ideological clarity and grounding, to help us map a way forward and give answers to the biggest questions facing our revolution.

We expect the party to help us analyze the approach and character of the bourgeois democratic institutions that are not serving the working class, but are defending the interests of the rich and powerful like the Reserve Bank.

In the face of all this, including the unprecedented offensive by capitalist ideologues against the working class, we need the SACP to lead a counter-ideological offensive to help steer the revolution in the right direction.

COSATU is also looking forward to working with the party to intensify our joint political, ideological and mass campaigning work after the congress. Indeed, in the current circumstances, the two working class formations within the ANC-led alliance have particular responsibilities.

We anticipate the outcomes of the 14th National Congress with optimism and eagerness, and we wish the congress delegates everything of the best in their deliberations.

Issued by COSATU

Sizwe Pamla (Cosatu National Spokesperson)

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