President Zuma Speaks

Media lose veneer of objectivity with #ZUMAMUSTFALL

  Comrade Jackson Mthembu is the Chairperson of the ANC NEC Sub Committee on Communications

A lie told often enough becomes the truth; goes a dictum attributed to both Lenin and Joseph Goebbels.

The very notion of truth is always highly subjective - and should be run through various filters, not least of all the biases of whoever is propagating this so-called truth.

An even casual perusal of local and (interestingly) international coverage of South Africa the past week - particularly on the so-called #ZumaMustFall campaign, and you'd be forgiven for thinking the mass media have tossed their ethics manuals out of the window.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) notes former president Thabo Mbeki's continued factional obsession involving provocative attacks on the Party's General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande and other ANC leaders. Mbeki published a letter on his Facebook Page today, 15 February 2016, isolating our General Secretary for having commented, welcoming the court ruling that declared, on 12 September 2008, the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA's) decision to prosecute President Jacob Zuma invalid. The court's decision was taken on the basis of evidence. Further evidence emerged, including telephone records indicating the existence of manipulation in the process that was followed to charge President Zuma. The NPA, on its own independent accord, thus dropped the charges.

The SACP stands by the positions it adopted in welcoming the court ruling and the NPA's decision to drop the charges. In no particular manner shall the SACP allow Mbeki's factional attempts to isolate its General Secretary. Comrade Blade Nzimande was correctly representing the Party's positions. He was not acting as an individual representing nothing but self-centred rantings of a bitter person aloof from his organisation.

The SACP challenges Thabo Mbeki to refute the contents of a serious nature suggesting interference in the work of the NPA, manipulation and corruption on his part, contained in the story published by the Times Live on 17 January 2016.

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FOCAC a boost to China-South African relations

Comrade Edna Molewa is the Chairperson of the ANC NEC Subcommittee on International Relations

Earlier this month the African National Congress (ANC) government hosted of the Second Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that the first time the summit is being held on the continent.

The ANC notes that deals worth R94 billion were signed between the ANC government and China at FOCAC last week. The leaders of the two countries also assessed progress achieved on a number of priority areas in the fields of infrastructure development, marine cooperation, and cooperation in special economic zone (SEZ's) to name but a few.

The ANC government is co-chair of FOCAC for the period 2012-2018: and our hosting of this important and timely conference was testimony to the burgeoning trade, policy and political ties between South Africa and the People's Republic of China.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) notes former president Thabo Mbeki's continued factional obsession involving provocative attacks on the Party's General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande and other ANC leaders. Mbeki published a letter on his Facebook Page today, 15 February 2016, isolating our General Secretary for having commented, welcoming the court ruling that declared, on 12 September 2008, the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA's) decision to prosecute President Jacob Zuma invalid. The court's decision was taken on the basis of evidence. Further evidence emerged, including telephone records indicating the existence of manipulation in the process that was followed to charge President Zuma. The NPA, on its own independent accord, thus dropped the charges.

The SACP stands by the positions it adopted in welcoming the court ruling and the NPA's decision to drop the charges. In no particular manner shall the SACP allow Mbeki's factional attempts to isolate its General Secretary. Comrade Blade Nzimande was correctly representing the Party's positions. He was not acting as an individual representing nothing but self-centred rantings of a bitter person aloof from his organisation.

The SACP challenges Thabo Mbeki to refute the contents of a serious nature suggesting interference in the work of the NPA, manipulation and corruption on his part, contained in the story published by the Times Live on 17 January 2016.

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Readers Forum: Open letter to President Obama

Cde Justice Piitso if former Provincial Secretary of the SACP in Limpopo, former Ambassador to Cuba

Dear President Barrack Obama

My open letter seeks to bring to your attention the important political question of the struggles for the independence of the people of Puerto Rico and the release from prison of the hero of the nation Cde Oscar Lopez Rivera.

The Island of Puerto Rico is the oldest colony in the history of the western hemisphere and Cde Oscar Lopez Rivera the oldest serving political prisoner in the history of our modern times.

The South African Communist Party (SACP) notes former president Thabo Mbeki's continued factional obsession involving provocative attacks on the Party's General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande and other ANC leaders. Mbeki published a letter on his Facebook Page today, 15 February 2016, isolating our General Secretary for having commented, welcoming the court ruling that declared, on 12 September 2008, the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA's) decision to prosecute President Jacob Zuma invalid. The court's decision was taken on the basis of evidence. Further evidence emerged, including telephone records indicating the existence of manipulation in the process that was followed to charge President Zuma. The NPA, on its own independent accord, thus dropped the charges.

The SACP stands by the positions it adopted in welcoming the court ruling and the NPA's decision to drop the charges. In no particular manner shall the SACP allow Mbeki's factional attempts to isolate its General Secretary. Comrade Blade Nzimande was correctly representing the Party's positions. He was not acting as an individual representing nothing but self-centred rantings of a bitter person aloof from his organisation.

The SACP challenges Thabo Mbeki to refute the contents of a serious nature suggesting interference in the work of the NPA, manipulation and corruption on his part, contained in the story published by the Times Live on 17 January 2016.

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