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SACP Buffalo City wants VAT hike scrapped, vows to fight looting of money in the Metro

May 21, 2018
SACP Buffalo City wants VAT hike scrapped, vows to fight looting of money in the Metro

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in East London has called on government to scrap the latest VAT increase and vowed to mobilise residents to fight what it termed the 'Chipparisation' of the City as well as the capture of other institutions in the Buffalo City Metro.

The SACP Skenjana Roji (Buffalo City Metro) held its 4th District Congress over the weekend under the theme: 'Intensifying working class mobilisation, consolidating the left popular front for state power', at the Carnegie Hall, in Gonubie, East London. The congress was attended by Senior SACP members, Mandla Makupula, Mzoleli Mrara, Lazola Ndamase, Mawethu Rune, Andile Fani and Anil Pillai.

According to Ludwe Mnweba, SACP District Spokesperson, the Skenjana Roji 4th District Congress took place at a time where we are witnessing interesting political developments in the political spectrum both globally and domestically.

"Capitalism has once more demonstrated its inability to resolve the challenges confronting our society. The increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) is one example of working people are required to subsidise the rich and pay for sins of the parasitic bourgeoisie that have looted our state coffers and state institutions," he described.

"We are joining millions of workers that are calling on our government to do away with the increase in VAT and introduce a progressive tax system such as corporate and wealth tax.

"This moment presents us with an opportunity to consolidate the left forces in the immediate and consolidate the left popular front for people’s power."

'Capture of Buffalo City Metro'

Mnweba added that the Congress reaffirmed our commitment to rollout massive political education programme across all structures and branches in the district, and actively participate and lead popular campaigns and programmes including joint work with progressive forces.

"We will fight corporate capture of key levers of the state, including in our own Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality. We commit to revive the campaign to end outsourcing in all government institutions and in the Buffalo City Municipality," he said.

"We will mobilise communities in the metro to rise and say no to the rampant looting and Chipparisation (in reference to businessman, Chippa Mpengesi) of our city. It is in this context that we are deeply concerned with the treatment of the combatants of the people’s army Umkhonto Wesizwe, who are serving as the security personnel at BCMM.

"They are being removed in the interest of outsourcing security service, as the is no alliance platform in the district to meaningfully discuss these issues, we are left with no other option but to mobilise the members of uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and the community of Buffalo City into a rolling mass action to reject the ill-treatment of the people who sacrificed a lot for the freedom we enjoy today all in the name of rampant looting.

"As the SACP, we say not in our watch."

Mnweba further said that delegates to the congress reaffirmed our resolution to build a solidarity economy that is based on efforts that seek to increase the quality of life of all working people rather than for-profit endeavours.

"This will be done through developing collective and democratic forms of ownership in our villages and townships and provide support for cooperatives."

On land expropriation without compensation

Mnweba said that the Congress resolved that the expropriation of land without compensation must be done in a way that promotes the public control and ownership of the land.

"We must liberate the land from private ownership and that it must be used to resolve the problems facing our country, as opposed to a futile exercise of distributing title deeds.

"The SACP in the Skenjana Roji District will actively campaign against gender-based violence and all forms of sexism including in the workplace," he said.

"Critical to the programme of radical structural economic transformation must be transformation of gender relations. We need to close the wage gaps between women and men, especially those employed to perform the same or similar work."

He added that the Congress resolved to support the implementation of the agreed minimum wage as an important step to achieving a living wage.

"The SACP will intensify its call for a living wage for all working people in the country. "

The SACP Skenjana Roji 4th District Congress elected the 4th Congress District Executive Committee as follows:

  • Siyabonga Mdodi – SACP District Secretary
  • Mlandeli Ngafunwa – SACP District Chairperson
  • Xolani Wonono – SACP District Treasurer
  • Mnyamezeli Ndlazi – SACP Deputy District Secretary
  • Ndiliwe Sambane – SACP Deputy District Chairperson

Additional Members:

  • Nomiki Mgezi 
  • Sithiwe Mali
  • Vukile Njoli
  • Monwabisi Gwazela
  • Sangweni Matwele
  • Miki Jaceni
  • Hlalempini Jimana 
  • Thundezwa Mpambani
  • Nontuthuzelo Ndzamela
  • Sibongile Peter Tede
  • Mcebisi Qamarwana
  • Nkululeko Mpangalala
  • Nozintombi Hontoti
  • Malibongwe Mfazwe