Statement of the Communist Party of Swaziland on the manipulating of Swazi Struggle

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Statement of the Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) on attempts to undermine the democratic revolutionary course of Swaziland’s transition

 

Now that Swaziland is on the verge of far-reaching change, with the Tinkhundla system teetering on the brink of collapse, we are seeing a scramble by reactionary forces to try to take the initiative in the name of the pro-democracy movement and set the agenda for Swaziland’s future.

 

These forces, which have received backing from the US, via the Freedom House programmes, and from elements in South Africa’s elite circles, are attempting to manipulate certain sections of the pro-democracy movement by inviting a select few of their members to consultations. They then pretend that the main pro-democracy organisations and parties backed the outcomes of these consultations.

 

This was the case with the statement of the “Swaziland Mass Democratic Movement” issued on 24 June, which was not openly decided upon or given a mandate by most of the organisations that appear as signatories to the statement.

 

When we look at the content of the statement, we see that though it is dripping with worthy sentiment, and while it contains echoes of the demands that the CPS and others on the left in Swaziland have promoted, the purpose is to water down the call for revolutionary change in Swaziland.

 

The CPS has set out ideas on the basic content of this revolutionary transition. It envisages the convening of a Conference for a Democratic Swaziland at which all representatives of all pro-democracy forces are present, and that this includes strong representation of our urban and rural grassroots communities.

 

It also envisages the start of a nationwide dialogue to stimulate and nurture the involvement of the people – the majority of whom are the workers and the poor – in designing and participating in a new democratic path for our country. Unless there is the deep involvement of our communities in this process, the transition we seek will fall into the hands of party and movement gatekeepers and careerists and will have no real popular mandate. The people must govern!

 

We also envisage that this process, of which the Conference for a Democratic Swaziland would be the main engine, will result in the creation of an Interim Government. We have made clear that the work of this government, as set out by the Conference, must be first and foremost to address the economic catastrophe that faces our country and, in doing so, must prioritise emergency action on the worst aspects of the plight of our people – particularly in the areas of health, food and water security and livelihoods.

 

It is the view of the CPS that major steps must be taken to expropriate the resources currently wasted ruinously on and by the monarchy. All the wealth of enterprises wholly or part-owned by the monarchy must be used for the Emergency National Economic Plan that the Interim Government will have to implement. The state of crisis in Swaziland and the severe suffering of our people necessitate both wealth redistribution and cooperative building and state planning of a fundamental nature.

 

 

The democratic transition must be that of a republic and the current monarch and his household must become private citizens accountable to society and the republic in the same way that all other citizens will be. This is similar to the position of the Zulu King within South Africa’s republican constitution.

 

It is our view that these steps constitute the basic necessary framework for our country to move beyond the oppression and ruin imposed by the Mswati autocracy. These steps are not necessary because the CPS says they are. They are necessary because without them, or if they are not implemented fully, Swaziland’s transition will fail to be truly democratic and will fail to tackle the crisis affecting our people. Half measures will betray our people!

 

We should therefore be very wary of initiatives that embrace and support the feel-good and superficial aspects of democratic freedom but which carefully sidestep the imperatives of people’s hegemony over all aspects of governance and economic power.

 

The agenda of capitalist interests in Swaziland, South Africa and further away in the US and Europe is to rid Swaziland of its more embarrassing autocratic features while keeping the country safe for sweatshop labour exploitation, and private land use, mineral prospecting and tourism.

 

We must be under no illusions concerning the lengths capitalist/imperialist interests will go to in order to keep business as usual behind the mask of skin-deep democracy.  We have only to look at the vicious assaults by capital on South Africa’s socialist-oriented efforts to see how such programmes are targeted, often under the guise of liberal democratic handwringing.

 

And so we now see that with Swaziland these same forces are flattering aspects of the pro-democracy movement (or are brazenly pretending to have the outright support of the movement) in order to set an agenda of transformation that does not seriously address the issues facing our people. The point is to eliminate Swaziland’s socialist forces (which are spread widely throughout the pro-democracy movement) and any hint of a socialist path – the only just and fair path – for our country.

 

We call on all in the pro-democracy movement to be acutely aware of both subtle and not so subtle attempts to derail Swaziland’s potential to create true democracy and true freedom for its people. We call for immediate steps within the movement to set the modalities and start to generate the content of the Conference for a Democratic Swaziland. This Conference must be a process that reaches every corner of our country and involves all our citizens as fully as possible. We need to act in unity to create the strongest possible surge toward democracy. And we need to isolate all attempts to water down our revolutionary goals.

 

Yes to Swaziland’s National Democratic Revolution!

No to pretend democracy to keep capitalism happy at the expense of the working class and poor! Yes to people’s power and socialism!

Forward to the Conference for a Democratic Swaziland Forward!

 

Contacts

 

Kenneth Kunene

General Secretary

Mobile : +2772 594 3971

Email: ken....@gmail.com

 

Felix Mabaso

International Organizer

Mobile: +2774 922 8277

Email: felix...@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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mkhululi nkosi

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Cdes, if you are, this is not the time for figure pointing and playing
kings of the struggle. It time to organize and strengthen the
movement. You are nowhere when required to give guidance on the ground
the only time we hear of CPS is in this forum. Just be relevant.

> nurture the involvement of the people - the majority of whom are the workers
> and the poor - in designing and participating in a new democratic path for


> our country. Unless there is the deep involvement of our communities in this
> process, the transition we seek will fall into the hands of party and
> movement gatekeepers and careerists and will have no real popular mandate.
> The people must govern!
>
>
>
> We also envisage that this process, of which the Conference for a Democratic
> Swaziland would be the main engine, will result in the creation of an
> Interim Government. We have made clear that the work of this government, as
> set out by the Conference, must be first and foremost to address the
> economic catastrophe that faces our country and, in doing so, must
> prioritise emergency action on the worst aspects of the plight of our people

> - particularly in the areas of health, food and water security and

> path - the only just and fair path - for our country.


>
>
>
> We call on all in the pro-democracy movement to be acutely aware of both
> subtle and not so subtle attempts to derail Swaziland's potential to create
> true democracy and true freedom for its people. We call for immediate steps
> within the movement to set the modalities and start to generate the content
> of the Conference for a Democratic Swaziland. This Conference must be a
> process that reaches every corner of our country and involves all our
> citizens as fully as possible. We need to act in unity to create the
> strongest possible surge toward democracy. And we need to isolate all
> attempts to water down our revolutionary goals.
>
>
>
> Yes to Swaziland's National Democratic Revolution!
>
> No to pretend democracy to keep capitalism happy at the expense of the
> working class and poor! Yes to people's power and socialism!
>
> Forward to the Conference for a Democratic Swaziland Forward!
>
>
>
> Contacts
>
>
>
> Kenneth Kunene
>
> General Secretary
>
> Mobile : +2772 594 3971
>
> Email: ken....@gmail.com
>
>
>
> Felix Mabaso
>
> International Organizer
>
> Mobile: +2774 922 8277
>
> Email: felix...@yahoo.com
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Goodwill Du-pont

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dear cdes, Mkhulisi you obviously didnt read through the whole statement,firstly as evidence you dont argue with the message in the statement which is ofcause a wayforward you only attack the existance of the Party and its role which it does even at its earlier days of being launched, make time for yourself and read not only the latest release,u also claim that the party is nowhere on the when required to give guidance on the ground,this is not true comrade but the truth is in the history of the party and what it has done practically after its launch,only a few months of existance the CPS has influenced the direction of the struggle by publishing and distributing its views and aims for everyone to read and be influenced unlike these mashrooms whose agenda is only known by the founders but mainly the american funders, lastly 'mkhulisi' in a struggle there are no kings,kings are a feudal feature that we as communist would never entertain,yes we want and
we are working to strengthen the movement but the movement that we work to strengthen is pudemo maybe you were reffering to the other one. Down with anti-communist and yes to socialism

phakathi richard

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PUDEMO Celebrates 28 years of unbroken struggle

 

July 6th marks a very significant day in the political history and struggle of Swaziland. This is the day when the People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) was formed.

 

Born of the genuine desire of the ordinary people of Swaziland to return the country to democratic rule, guided by the courageous and visionary pioneers of this glorious movement of the people, PUDEMO emerged as the lone voice to challenge the regime when it was unfashionable, dangerous and treasonous to question the authority of the ruling elite. It was therefore no surprise that in 1990 the leadership of PUDEMO was arrested by the regime and charged with treason for “conspiring to overthrow the government”; with cde Mario Masuku being accused number 1.

 

Over the years the movement has inspired thousands of our people to stand up and challenge the regime. The workers, the students, the churches, women and many other organisations are today able to face the tinkhundla regime because of the role that has been played by PUDEMO in demonstrating that the future of the country belongs to those who are prepared to fight for it. In this regard, PUDEMO salutes all those who have heeded the call for multiparty democracy and have taken to the streets to demand freedom.

 

This has not been easy: in the process many of our members have been arrested, tortured, exiled and even killed. Some have been evicted from their communities and displaced. But this has not deterred the movement from its historic task of uniting the people of Swaziland in the struggle for democracy. Today, despite the many attempt by the undemocratic state’s machinery to create a picture of a movement whose culture is embedded in terrorists tendencies and influenced by foreign elements; many people in our country believe and agree with us that the ideas we have propagated since July 6 1983 are correct and must be embraced. Our people have embraced the general principles for which the movement stands. In their own constituencies and in their own programmes they espouse the values, goals and objectives contained in the People’s Manifesto.

Without the courageous and resilient leaders who have led this movement in difficult times we would not be celebrating this day. Its time to celebrate yes; but the struggle is not yet over. The regime has plunged the country into deeper economic crisis, poverty continues to ravage our people, the education and health systems have collapsed, unemployment soaring and HIV AIDS eating up our beloved nation.

 

As an immediate response to this crisis, PUDEMO is putting in place Policy Alternatives for a Democratic Swaziland, as a new platform to rally our people towards a practical alternative that will guarantee the majority a better life. These policies will focus on clarifying our positions on key priority areas: economic planning and development, education and training, health and social welfare, rural development and agriculture, international relations and cooperation; and traditional affairs.

 

Without the support of our international friends, our movement would not be known today as it is in many countries of the world. We salute those internationalists who while they could have chosen to indulge in the enjoyment of their freedoms in their different countries; have taken it upon themselves to be with us in the trenches as we seek freedom for our people.

 

PUDEMO recommits itself to fighting side by side with all progressive forces of our country until our liberation is achieved. In this regard, PUDEMO calls for more unity in the trade union movement, civic organisations, the youth, church formations, business, the women and all strata of our society for all of us to be able to chart a common way forward to rescue our country out of the messy socio-political crisis that the tinkhundla regime has plunged the country into. In doing so we must always be guided by the core demands of our struggle underlined by the unbanning of political parties.

 

With the regime in the current crisis the international community must play its part in assisting the democratisation process by putting strict conditions to any assistance and bailout that is given to the regime. These conditions may include but not be limited to:

·         Unbanning of political parties

·         Convening of an all-inclusive and genuine National dialogue forum to discuss the modalities towards the ultimate drafting of the country’s democratic constitution

·         Creation of an environment conducive to effective genuine negotiations through the removal of all laws that militate against free political activity, the rights to organise and associate on the basis of political views and interests. In this regard, the removal of the Suppression of terrorism Act and other such laws remain a major condition

·         Independent judiciary and media

·         End to royal extravagance, patronage and corruption, as well as the general abuse of state resources

·         Unconditional return of all exiles and the full and effective participation of all the people in the process leading towards the putting in place of a new and democratic system in the country

These 28 years that have gone by have allowed the movement to learn, falter and grow. Through harsh experiences, painful and sometimes bleak moments the people’s movement has survived. All of us owe it to our heroes who have sacrificed their all to shape the movement we now call PUDEMO. All of us, all who love freedom and democracy, all who are genuine friends and allies of the people, must protect this movement from attacks aimed at destabilising it for it is only this movement that is the hope for our people. We have a duty to do this in honour of those on whose footsteps we walk; men and women who so loved our country so much so that they withstood all the harassment and laying down their lives for the cause.

 

In their honour we deep our banners…

 

Dominic Mngomezulu, David Mngomezulu, Dumsani “Shosholoza” Khoza, Malcolm Dlamini, Bonginhlanhla BG Gama, Africa Magongo, Mboniswa Simelane, Dr Gabriel Mkhumane, Percy Malinga, Benedict Tsabedze, Jerry Tsabedze, Bhutana Nkonde, Khanyisile Dlamini, Mandla Dlamini, Musa MJ Dlamini, Ncane Skhondze, Alex Nkambule, Pat Sigwane, Sipho ka-Gumede, Thobile Dlamini, Sipho Jele and many other sons and daughters of our country, gallant fighters of our people; heroes and heroines of the nation.

 

Through the years PUDEMO has learnt that the liberation struggle is not an event but a long journey that needs careful, patient engagements. Like a camel crossing the desert, PUDEMO is ready and willing to go all the distance. Emerging out of the 7th General Congress, this phase has been characterised as the time

 

“To build a national momentum in our advance to democracy”

 

And indeed this momentum is taking shape and in marching together in unity on this last mile to freedom, victory is certain and it wont be long-our country will be free!

 

Issued on behalf of PUDEMO NEC:

Skhumbuzo Phakathi

Secretary General

Contact: 073 506 1207

 

Lukhele, Lucky

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Jul 6, 2011, 11:24:32 AM7/6/11
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The SSN welcome all statements and debates from all progressives
oganisation pushing for the democratisation of Swaziland however we
will call for all comrades to avoid conspiracy theories and accusing
oganisation and people that are in solidarity with the people of
Swaziland in particular the accusation directed to The Freedom House
by the CPS. Unity is all what we need now.

On Jul 5, 1:22 pm, mkhululi nkosi <mkhululink...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Cdes, if you are, this is not the time for figure pointing and playing
> kings of the struggle. It time to organize and strengthen the
> movement. You are nowhere when required to give guidance on the ground
> the only time we hear of CPS is in this forum. Just be relevant.
>
> > Email: ken.ma...@gmail.com
>
> > Felix Mabaso
>
> > International Organizer
>
> > Mobile: +2774 922 8277
>
> > Email: felixmab...@yahoo.com

manyovu mnisi

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Jul 6, 2011, 1:53:43 PM7/6/11
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i agree with your perspective cde Lucky, it what we need.


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Anthing that will take us forward. Deal with the enemy now and point fingers later. Unity is strenght

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Cyril Masilela

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Jul 6, 2011, 2:30:59 PM7/6/11
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What is this freedom house?

Which revolutionary struggle has it assisted and its track record?

Can these comrades give us further light before some of our comrades defend what they might not even know.

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Dominic Tweedie

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Hi Cde Lucky,

I was not aware that we were in unity with Freedom House

I wonder if Freedom House has announced its alliance with us communists so openly? 

Does Hilary Clinton know about it?

Whatever may be the case with Freedom House, it remains a possibility that the Swaziland uprising will be converted into a "colour revolution" delivering a Georgian-style or Uzbekistan-style monstrosity.

Freedom House is not the only player on the "colour revolution" side of the board.

These things can be talked about, in my opinion. How can we not talk about them? 

In the case of Egypt, Mubarak was removed but everything else is still in place. In Swaziland, the monarch can be pushed off the stage leaving the other oligarchs still in charge. Or we could get a Kerensky, or any other kind of demagogue. 

The Swazi masses need to be prepared for the possibility that their revolution could be hijacked or sold away in boardrooms full of "allies".

Those assemblies where the communists are not present are not altogether bona fide, in my opinion.

Are you telling us that the liberals do not talk about the communists, Cde Lucky? If not, then I hope you have sent your lesson on unity over to that side, as well.

The component parts of any alliance do maintain their independence.

For a revolution of the whole people!

For a People's Democratic Dictatorship!


VC




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Cdes,

Why now cde Masilela? You are a member of the CPS at least on one
instance you posted some material from the CPS. You accuse the freedom
house yet you do not know what it stabds for.

The issue at hand is:" whether is it prudent for the CPS to attack the
Freedom House in a public forum like this one?". I call for restrain.
It is fine to engage on the political question "who are our friends?
But to ask this question in a public domain it not right. Cyril what
is the CPS, what is it struggle credential? You will shocked to find
the standing of some of its leaders in the movement. Yes, now you know
what iam talking about.
Wayforward: Stop the discussion in this forum and lets engage in
organisational forums.

AMANDLA!

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Cde Mkhululi,

So, you feel free to attack the CPS on a public forum, but we must not question the Freedom House on a public forum - or even go and read about Freedom House on Wikipedia, I presume.

You have been feudal for too long.



VC

mkhululi nkosi

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Jul 7, 2011, 10:21:49 AM7/7/11
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HI,

thanks VC for your observations about me. Who will tell me how feudal
iam except you. I am really indebted to your wisdom.

Mkhululi Dlamini.

Dominic Tweedie

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In my experience the fear of freedom is a serious problem. Paulo Freire describes it very well.

In the case of Swaziland, the urge to flee from one tyrant into the arms of another is often palpable.

The disconnect between your defense of Freedom House and your attack on the CPS is what gives you away.

Because if we were not supposed to examine the credentials of allies, then the same rule would apply in relation to the CPS. But you do not even notice the contradiction in what you are saying.

This is because you visualise allies only as authority-figures, and never as revolutionaries. You think that one authority figure (king) must be replaced by another (Imperialism). The revolutionaries count for nothing in your eyes.

I am sorry if this analysis appears intrusive to you personally, but in my opinion it is crucial and general, and not confined to you as an individual. 

There will be no revolution without revolutionaries. The question of revolutionary pedagogy is therefore essential. And a revolutionary pedagogy is bound to come up against fear of freedom, as one of its principal obstructions. 

Sure enough, here it is, in your person, Cde Mkhululi. It is not, as you seem to think, a personal insult to you if this is pointed out. If it had not been you it would have been another. You have done us a favour by demonstrating this thing for us.

VC

Cyril Masilela

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Cde Mkhululi,
 
Why are you shy in telling us what is the freedom house, or if you do not know about it, why bother to bring further confusion to this forum.
 
Or can i ask differently maybe you can shed some light.
 
Why is it wrong for the CPS to bring something about the freedom house in this forum. Are you freedom house yourself? Is it that why you cannot describe it?
 
The CPS had issued statements since its launch in this forum or you are a new comer in this forum or else you ignored those statements.
 
Most of the CPS basic documents are still available in this forum. Can you go through them and you shall be assisted with clarity by the comrades who had issued them on behalf of the CPS, that is why their contacts are at the bottom of each posting.

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teresa debly

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but Cyril it's not clear why FH appeared in the CPS doc.

unless there is recent news relating to FH and SD which hasn't appeared on the net, it seemed to me like it came out of the blue.

is it referring to union going to SA & USA embassies?

the most recent reference to FH and SD is from June of 2010 so if something has happened will you kindly send the link to relevant articles?





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Simphiwe Ntenteza

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Freedom House Southern Africa

FIY contact:
Cathal Gilbert (Project Director Rule of Law Projects)
Office 5- 1st Floor - 82 House
8 Tyrwhitt Avenue - Rosebank - 2196
P.O Box 1218 -Parklands 2121
email: cgl...@freedomhouse.org
mobile: +27 82 557 3275
Tel: +27 11 447 7501/6972/7298
Fax: +27 11 447 7507

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Janet Cherry

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Jul 7, 2011, 3:03:01 PM7/7/11
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Dear comrades

Freedom House is not a secret organisation. It is a public and
transparent institution with some US government funding and a liberal
democratic and human rights agenda. It is very easy to research such
matters. What you need to decide is: does your ideological rigidity
preclude you from working with such an institution? Is there any
advantage to you in doing so? Can you do so while maintaining your
integrity and keeping to your goals?

My position on such matters is, if you are clear about your goals, and
do not compromise your principles, then it can be advantageous to form
alliances or accept resources from such organisations. But this needs
to be transparent and decided upon on the basis of knowledge and
understanding.

Janet

mkhululi nkosi

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Jul 7, 2011, 3:25:03 PM7/7/11
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Thanks Cdes,
but note that we are here not concerned with FH. I had always thought
that the issue is: who are our allies? How should we relate to agents
of capital who potray theselves as friends of the Swazi revolution and
thereby using money seek to direct the course of the struggle? Not
just that we are concerned with FH. Otherwise we will lose focus and
begin to be personal.

Blade (SG) once said adressing COSATU workers parliament that the
party welcomes all those elements that support the NDR even our own
bourgeoise who patrioctic but continue to say that the bourgeoise is
incapable of being trusted (this in not a verbatim quote). I believe
the same principle apply to Swazi struggle.
ASIKHULUME!

teresa debly

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Jul 7, 2011, 4:54:31 PM7/7/11
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ok Simphiwe this is the office address inJz but what has recently happened so that the attention is on them in relation to SD???
.....or was the statement just speaking on anti-imperialist general terms and using them as example?

specifically, what are they doing in SD right now or who are they supporting?


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zwakele....@gmail.com

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Teresa...Sbera again for you. My plea to you, can we take the Swazi struggle forward and not be doing this?

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nikita kruschev

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Jul 7, 2011, 5:49:32 PM7/7/11
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Comrades my observation regarding the state of affairs within the democratic movement in swaziland is of serious concern. We have lived our youth within this movement and we have seen conflicts of watever nature or form getting resolved. My observstion in the last few years is the growing now widespread tendency by comrades to waste a lot of productive time accusing and fighting against each. Some of the causes of these quarels are known, but a majority are better known to them. Some of these quarrels have been elevated to serious destructive counter revolutionary squables and comrades have not spoke to each other for years.

In every little or big forumn where we could be discussing issues of serious importance, a lot of time is exhausted trying to resolve these non political counter revolutionary squables. A series of the movement's serious activities have been deliberately disrupted by comrades who claim to be fighting for swazilands liberation. New organisations and pressure groups are continoudly being formed either to allienate the other side or to satisfy their embarrasing quest for power and control.

These stupid squables are older than the Polokwane congress, some as old as 2000 or 2001. These comrades on either side are refusing to settle their unneccessary scuffles irrespective of numerous efforts by the movement to have them resolved. What they have been very gud at is gossiping, siezing progressive forumns and convert them to platforms of verbal abuse and insults against each other etc.

When you question all this, you sipmly become an ernemy. They have adopted a "you are either with us or against us" attitude. These are charecteristics of a very organisational indiscipline cadre.

Who ever these comrades are, they must know dat the ernemy is relaxing safely in lobamba, lozitha, mbabane etc. these fights are doing nothing less dan derailing the advancement of the struggle for the liberation of the people of swaziland. The real ernemy is not me or the other comrade, but those who have plundered the economy. This new widespread infisviplkne within the movement will not advance the objectives of the organisation in any way. It just hss to stop. We are sick and tired of yhis nonsese.  AMANDLA

On 7 Jul 2011 20:54, "teresa debly" <tde...@yahoo.com> wrote:

ok Simphiwe this is the office address inJz but what has recently happened so that the attention is on them in relation to SD???
.....or was the statement just speaking on anti-imperialist general terms and using them as example?

specifically, what are they doing in SD right now or who are they supporting?


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Dominic Tweedie

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Jul 8, 2011, 8:15:46 AM7/8/11
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Janet Cherry’s is the best contribution to this discussion so far.

I understand Janet to mean that in alliances, you must know who you are, and you must know the ones you are allied to, or could in the future be allied to.

Alliances are necessary. The whole of politics is about assembling alliances. This is so before, during and after an uprising, insurgency or revolution.

In South African revolutionary history it is possible to trace the politics of alliance from the 1920s, then more strongly after the Doctors’ Pact in the 1940s, through the Defiance Campaign and the Congress Alliance of Kliptown in 1955, Morogoro 1969 and up to now, when The Alliance (meaning the ANC, SACP, COSATU and SANCO) is the biggest thing in politics by far, and when even the opposition feels obliged to call itself an Alliance.

Within each components of South Africa’s ruling Alliance, and especially within the SACP, COSATU and the ANC, the alliance is the main topic of discussion, still.

So Janet is right to suggest that ideological rigidity should not stop alliances being formed.

But ideological rigidity is not confined to the partisans of the working class and the peasantry.

There is prejudice all around.

Maybe there was prejudice in the way that the press conference in Johannesburg was made up. The CPS was not on the list, because the CPS was not invited.

The Business Day’s report of the event is consequently quite misleading. It begins:

“Swaziland’s pro-democracy groups yesterday said they would support a bail-out of the kingdom by SA only if King Mswati gave a written undertaking to institute democratic reforms.

“In an apparent change of course, a coalition of pro-democracy movements conceded that a financial aid package for the kingdom was inevitable, but wanted conditions attached to it.”
 
Business Day does not mind if you conclude that all “Swaziland’s pro-democracy groups” were present, and that they allconceded that a financial aid package for the kingdom was inevitable”.

The CPS should not have been excluded from this meeting, in my opinion.

I don’t know if Emily Wellman, who appears to have done the organising of the press conference, was instructed to exclude the CPS. I don’t know who paid Emily to do the work. I don’t see why these things should not be transparent to us and to the media.

Richard Rooney’s triumphalist take on the press conference is “SWAZILAND'S PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS SET THE AGENDA”. How can you say this when you know that the CPS was not there?

It would have been more honest for Richard to say “My favourite Swaziland pro-democracy activists set the agenda” This is not just sour grapes. Memories of the scuttling of the Uprising and the attempted undermining of the Bushfire Boycott are still fresh.

It is necessary to be open about alliances. To know who is who. To know ourselves. The topic of alliances is a topic that is more than worthy of discussion. It is a vital discussion that we cannot do without. Expect it to go on for many years, and even decades, if the South African example is anything to go by.

But if comrades don’t care for this discussion on alliances, then they can start another, different topic. In this house there are many mansions. Threads can run in parallel. We don’t have to stop one discussion before starting another.

Therefore, those comrades who want to discuss other things, let them post their opinions about those other things.


VC

thobile maso

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Jul 8, 2011, 9:42:34 AM7/8/11
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Comrade VC

I think and I may be wrong that, this is imperative discussion organisations involve in the revolutionary struggle and any organisation that can advance any struggle without an alliance, that organisation will not successed, there can be no go alone.

BUT

1. The alliance policies and principles are very important to be cleared on for any organisation that has to/be engage/d in a revolutionary struggle,

2. The question arises, whom do you make alliance with as an organisation? and

3. What kind of alliance, for example, is it strategic or tactical alliance?

4. Is this alliance going to advance your struggle or not?
 


 
TMSO



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mkhululi nkosi

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Jul 8, 2011, 1:34:55 PM7/8/11
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Comrade VC,
Its too early to talk of any pact with the CPS.

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Dominic Tweedie

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Jul 8, 2011, 2:49:46 PM7/8/11
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Hi Cde Thobile,

I don't know if it is for me alone to answer your questions. I hope the group will take them as being addressed to all.

I agree that there is no such thing as "going it alone" in politics. That's a "contradiction in terms".

I think that alliances rest on class at the base. Well I would think that, wouldn't I? I'm a communist after all and our symbol is a symbol of class alliance between workers and peasants. That's the hammer and sickle. 

I think the worker-peasant alliance should apply to Swaziland.

When it comes to organisations, I would want to know which classes they represent. I would assume that NGOs represent their funders, and their funders have identifiable class interests, usually bourgeois, and international bourgeois at that.

The CPS is a party of the Swazi working class and ought to be part of any unity-in-action in Swaziland right now.

The same applies to the trade union movement. But the working class needs allies outside of itself, too. 

PUDEMO is a mass liberation organisation and a vehicle for other class elements to be able to put their shoulders to the wheel. That's how I see it. In other words it plays the same role as the ANC plays in SA. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Strategic or tactical? The strategic goal for the working class must be the democratic republic for the moment, and this should suit the peasantry and the national bourgeoisie. So the national democratic republic is a good goal for unity-in-action.

But the question of alliance is not static. If you read Marx's March, 1850 Address to the Central Committee of the Communist League, you will see that Marx argues that the petty bourgeoisie would be brought to ally with the working class but once having achieved their goals they would fall back to their old position again. Marx said that the working class's job was to push the bourgeoisie to go as far as possible.

As for Cde Mkhululi, thanks for the news about the lawyers' boycott. 

But I don't know why it is "too soon" to ally with the CPS.

By the way, alliance and "pact" are two very different things. In an alliance you keep your identity and your independence.

I would not argue for a pact. I don't see the need for any pact. The "pact" you want is the new Republic of Swaziland.

Best,

VC




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