The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) views comments about the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), attributed to Mr Zwelinzima Vavi, while addressing the Dispatch Dialogues in East London on Monday, as nothing but a display of sloppy physiognomies emanating from his bloated ego.

Reflective to his true nature, Mr Vavi had to wait for over two decades to finally realise that “the SACP died with Chris Hani in 1993”, a misleading realisation reflective of his self-imposed short-sightedness, which can only seek to appease his foregone opportunity to unilaterally dictate the affairs of the union and impose himself as the Deputy President of the ANC, something ordinary workers feverishly rejected.

Trying to reduce the SACP to a one-man-show, just like he dismally failed at COSATU smacks of an unpleasant bitterness derived from the many defeats he has encountered while attempting to scandalously usurp the trust workers of this country had in him. That foul reality has surely bypassed him and his ilk.

We are content that the SACP is alive, and no amount of empty rhetoric will overshadow the continued struggles it continues to wage in the interest of the workers and the working class, most recent through its 13th Congress Political Programme (2012- 2017) named the South African Road to Socialism. The least he could have done was to go engage it and monitor the progress thereof, instead of randomly spewing acrimony in the face of its growing membership from a working class background.

Mr Vavi would do well to free himself from this imaginary misinterpretation of facts, and understand that no one anointed him to speak on behalf of the many comrades who have since passed on, unless he has metaphysical powers. Most of the people would have, as Marxists-Leninists, understood that due to the dialectical nature of the world, any self-worthy organisation needs not remain stagnant.

Issued by POPCRU on 15/03/2016

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