By Gadi Malatsi
The South African Communist celebrates the Red October Campaign annually by launching campaigns country-wide. This campaign is informed by the revolution that took place in Russia in October 1917, led by the working class under Vladmir Lenin – hence the SACP came up with the name for the campaign.
The focus of the 2018-2019 Red October Campaign was on local government, taken forward under the theme &tquot; Stop corruption! " Serve the people selflessly. ". The campaign was launched in Bushbuckridge, Mpumlanga on 7 October 2018.
In his keynote address, SACP’s General Secretary, Comrade Blade Nzimande highlighted that the Party has identified many problems, but that the Red October Campaign focused on at least two of those major problems – that is systemic and rampant violence, corruption and the lack of efficiency and the persistent inequalities in infrastructure development, as well as the provision of quality services.
Throughout his address, Cde Nzimande reiterated how these problems affect the working class and the unemployed, and that the class distinction between the rich and the poor continues to widen. The class distinction, Cde Nzimande, asserted, was created by capitalism, which was imposed to our country by colonialism.
Cde Nzimande also mentioned that the Alliance must dismantle the networks of corporate capture, parasitism and corruption in our municipalities, and that the law must deal decisively with corrupt officials (“THE ROT MUST COME TO AN END’’). He emphasised more than once the need for the Alliance to reconfigure before the 2019 general elections, and that priorities must be set straight that are central to the needs of the overwhelming majority.
Cde Mluleki Dlelanga, the National Secretary of the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) also addressed the masses, and so did representatives from alliance partners, the ANC, COSATU and SANCO.
More rallies were held at provincial level in Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape respectively.
The 2018-2019 Red October closing rally was held on 4 November 2018 in Zolani Centre, Nyanga, Western Cape, where the first Deputy Secretary General, Cde Solly Mapaila addressed the rally on behalf of Cde Nzimande. In his address Cde Mapaila highlighted on the problems in local government that hinder the provision of quality services for all, and the need to fight corruption that is eroding the fibre of our communities. Cde Mapaila also mentioned that action needs to be taken against “the people who stole money from the VBS.” He further refuted claims that the SACP received money from the VBS, and challenged those who are making such claims to reveal the name/s of individuals who received money on behalf of the SACP.
Last year (2017) marked the centenary of the Great October Social Revolution.