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The booth with Sello Maetso

Posted: 06/03/2012 in Politics

Newly elected Sedibeng SACP Secretary Sello Maetso. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo

Recently SACP (South African Communist Party) in Sedibeng hosted a conference where Sello Maetso emerged as the new Secretary of the party in the region, we caught up with him and this is what he had to say…

RECENT CONFERENCE HELD WHERE HE WAS ELECTED AS THE SEDIBENG SECRETARY OF THE SACP

One must say that conference on its own has its dynamics particularly where leadership is contested, where branches are afforded an opportunity to review their leadership work from the previous term in office. Resolutions are revisited, not only do the branches have to concentrate on the current leadership but seek outside the party within objective of the party in the region. When such time approaches you have branches persuading each other because it is an open environment. However we must emphasise that we did not experience any dirty politics to try and influence the outcome. We thank our branches for not falling prey to “foreign tendency” be it bad mouthing others. The top five leadership was unanimously elected; this has now become a tradition. Different names were tossed towards the conference but in the hand others withdrew for the sake of unity. Bear in mind that when one lobbies, it’s not an instant process but takes time as such branches met and made a decision on who they agreed is eligible to be voted.
It is overwhelming to note the confidence shown by fellow members and the revolutionary alliance parties, being elected comes with a huge responsibility though i will try my level best but collectively deliverance is imminent. The outgoing leadership did a splendid work in ensuring that this party become consistent and it now lies on our shoulders to carry on doing what is deemed right for the party and people we serve.

HOW MANY POSITIONS WERE CONTESTED

For the Secretary position there were two comrades, while i was the third.

ON INTRODUCTION OF SACP TO THE NEW GENERATION

The SACP is a party that oppose imperialism and fights corruption in a sense that the means of production which is your monopoly capital should be owned also by government; it’s where you are going to have majority having a role in ensuring that income generated from these companies can be equally shared among those working for them.
We also fight for classless society, where there is no better class or one that dominates the other. The rich continues to be more rich while poor remain that way.

HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

We appeal to our young people and the community at large that the government is the only biggest employer in the country and has been tasked with the toughest responsibility. When the president announced that last year was the year for job creation, it was mainly because there are policies in place but who is actually benefiting; it’s the private sectors. Private sectors are owned by foreign investors
For instance Arcellor Mittal is owned by a young fellow together with his family and out of 1billion generated from steel production the 4 000 employees there don’t get half or quarter of that only a small portion is paid as a salary. It’s pure exploitation. We want to plead to our young people not to just look for a job but entrepreneur opportunities.

FOREIGN INVESTORS NOT PAYING THEIR DUES

The SACP would not want to be narrow on the Pakistani, Somalians and so forth; we still have Chinese, Asians and Europeans. We will propose that there should be regulations on foreign business. If you come to trade in our country there should be a clear policy and the type of business one would operate, it’s uncalled for to come in the country as a refugee but upon arrival one turns business man; what is your status?
Strict law must be implemented which prohibit people from trading in such manner.

OBSERVING SOME OF THE LAWS IN SOUTH AFRICA WOULD YOU SAY THEY ARE LENIENT?

Not exactly however what i would tell you is that the fact that we still have the old jurisdiction system in place, it’s a work of the devil and so long we don’t push for overall transformation, we will continue having our government being the laughing stock no wonder we have the opposition party which is liberal-led challenging the case of the president which was withdrawn through jurisdiction in 2009. They come with this mentality to distort and mislead and portraying an individual (who is corrupt) instead of the merit of the case knowing very well that the face of this individual is the integrity of another political party.

It’s the opposition party’s efforts of settling a political score through the use of courts and so-called Afri-Forum that nowadays when one sing a struggle song it’s dubbed a hate-speech, “Die Stem”is still sang and we don’t complain saying it’s anarchy. Why must we forget about our heritage, legacy and history?

FREEDOM IN OUR COUNTRY WASN’T IN VAIN AND INCLUDED BENEFITS NAMELY TENDERS WHICH WERE NOT THERE IN THE PAST, WHAT IS THE SACP STAKE ON THIS MATTER?

The SACP has not been in agreement from the onset because we knew that “tenderlution” – which is another form of revolution that is aiming to enrich the few. It is not a solution to curb the wage gap, poor and the rich but in fact it’s a disaster that eats our society. We don’t want a tenderpreneur state but rather an entrepreneurial one. Entrepreneurship is sustainable but tenderpreneur is “short-termism”
Tenders should not only be made available only in government but private sectors as well though we know that only a selected few stand to benefit.

THE SUSPENDED ANCYL LEADER LED A MARCH TITLED ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN OUR LIFETIME DOES THE SACP SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THIS?

We are opposed to it in terms of the approach because at the current conjuncture as the country we are hugely facing another threat of recession. When you look at the state of the mines that are privately owned they are about to collapse and the only way of them to be revived is to bail them out.
It means if the government take the issue only on nationalisation of mines what about Randwater, its water that is sold to our people. If we talk about nationalisation we simply are saying let’s continue to robustly debate issues because it must cut across the board however we must not put the state outside as their role is to play an overall side in intervention.

WHAT IMPACT IF ANY WILL THE PERSON LIVING IN THE RURAL AREA BRING?

There are mines in the rural areas and let’s face it if you are not from the particular tribe or royal families (typical example Bafokeng) you won’t benefit. Only one family becomes the main beneficiary while others will be stakeholders so still the issue of nationalisation won’t even assist the poor communities, they will get water and shelter then what?
Antagonism is the core; nationalisation won’t bring social change but nightmare. The freedom chapter states that “mineral wealth of this country shall be shared among people who live in it” the very same process is completely in contradiction with it.

WHAT IS THE RED OCTOBER CAMPAIGN ALL ABOUT?

It’s hosted annually during the tenth- month since 1917 as a result of Bolshevik war on the 25th when Russian Communist Party took over and they were led by Vladimir Lenin. This was the first Communist Party that introduced Socialism as a system where the means of production and wealth that used to belong to individuals was taken back to the government. After that revolt its where the Communist in Russia established networks and took almost eastern block in Europe, southern America, Asia including Africa they then agreed that the day would be declared Red October.

YOUR VIEWS AND THOUGHTS ABOUT THE STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS

We once more welcome the speech, the ever progressive ever made by the president and we’re happy that at the Youth Job Summit organised by the YCL (Young Communist League) during the economic freedom in our lifetime, the league organised eighty-five youth organisations where they converged. Part of the discussions was that Minister of Higher Learning Blade Nzimande and his department would set aside 200 million for outstanding debts for tertiary students. We are glad that the president re-emphasised this and further went on to say two universities will be built in the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga to avoid stampede and not only that introducing measure to oversee the control and regulations of these institutions. This will give the government a role to play so that we don’t have a black child forever queuing while their counterparts aren’t. The green paper was another topic that we appreciated including the railway infrastructure which is now fifty-five years will be revamped.

OUR YOUTH ARE NOT ONLY FACED WITH FINANCIAL PROBLEMS BUT DRUGS AFFECT AND RUIN THEIR FUTURE, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE?

We acknowledge that but would also encourage them to see what the government is pleading, the issue of FET (Further Education and Training). I am a product of such set-up and they too should not feel inferior but see it as an alternative in creating a better future for themselves. Drugs is a responsibility of all south Africans, we need to look at their upbringing. It can’t be correct to blame the dealers prior to inspecting the play we play that lead them to such acts. Let’s stop being ignorant and adopt a fight spirit to help them because whether we like it or not it’s rife and dangerous and the sooner we deal with it the better.

ABOUT THE POLITICAL SCHOOL (DOCKY MATLALA CADRESHIP)

In this regard we want to say that in the ANC NGC held in 2010 they resolved that they will be building a political school in the Vaal and we would like it’s curriculum to be based on Marxism and this should further be cascaded to public and private school as we are tired of Adam Smith ideology which teach selfish and arrogant entrepreneurship (where maximising profit is vital compared to labour)
The school would be aiming at all the community of Sedibeng there will be process where the branches will be responsible for the intake therefore nobody will budge in to our offices and demand to be admitted.
* The school is expected to kick-start in June 2012

LEADERSHIP FROM THE CONFERENCE
Sello Maetso – District Secretary
Sheila Monareng – Deputy Secretary
Archie Mokomane – District Chairperson
Wendy Masilo – Deputy Chairperson
Portia Mholo – Treasurer
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS
Ndade Mokoena
Tembinkosi Pulu
Nelly Mokele
Sonto Vilakazi
Eric Tshabalala
Themba Motsepe
Regina Kgorego

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A better life for all

Posted: 06/03/2012 in Politics

Members of the ANC campaigning in Midvaal. Photo by Reginald Nhlapo

In an effort to win over Midvaal from the opposition party, the ANC (African National Congress) lobbied for support by embarking on a campaign recruiting and encouraging residents of Sicelo, Meyerton to check their eligibility to vote or register to vote in the upcoming elections.
The campaign which took place over the weekend kick-started on a high note with struggle songs sang to the excitement and ululation from community members leading them to join, this saw volunteers from the ruling party going door-to-door creating awareness to the racially stricken township.

Though ward eight is under the leadership of the ruling party despite the area being led by the opposition; many believes it’s about time they cast their vote for a better life for a change. Six former opposition party members crossed floor and were warmly received and promised to work hard and bring change in the lives of the people of Sicelo.

Xolani Zwane, Chief Mobiliser said; “The response from the community members was good as prior preparations were made in creating awareness; though I am not certain about figures as to how many people came to check their names on the votes roll but one problem encountered was of people without identity documents, therefore would like them to heed the call of applying for such documents as these are required for services offered by the government including casting their votes which is a right of every citizen of this country.

We understand that for one to get a job at the opposition led municipality a membership is a requirement, there are so many challenges facing us namely unemployment, drugs and crime that is escalating. Sicelo has seen no development whatsoever but in town it’s a different matter altogether and we are saying complaining won’t help but voting for a right party will; concluded ANC-volunteer Themba Motloung.

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