Comrade Minister: The South African Communist Party and the by Simon Adams

By Simon Adams

The South African Communist social gathering (SACP) is anything of a old anomaly. In an period whilst communist companies have crumbled, the SACP emerged in 1990 from years of exile to construct an organization of a few 75,000 individuals by way of 1995. a few of its best cadre entered South Africa's first democratically elected executive as contributors of the African nationwide Congress (ANC) and the SACP is arguably essentially the most influential and strong Communist events within the western global. This ebook analyses social and political contradictions designated to South Africa, that have given upward thrust to one of these state of affairs and makes an attempt to provide an explanation for the historic position of the SACP in the South African liberation circulation. particularly, the e-book seems on the position of the SACP within the transition from apartheid to democracy and from exile to executive. whereas theoretically rigorous, Comrade Minister is additionally obtainable to contributors of most people with an curiosity in South Africa's a lot celebrated democratic transition. The SACP's targeted place as might be the single mass communist social gathering to go into govt in an industrialised nation because the fall of the Berlin Wall, must also allure people with a much broader curiosity within the historic implications of "the demise of communism" post-1989. Comrade Minister should still attract all lovers of the South African fight opposed to apartheid and to these with a normal curiosity in communism and communist events. it'd be helpful for somebody working classes in South African heritage, "race" relatives, in labour or improvement stories. furthermore, the distinctiveness of the paintings is that it's dependent solidly on basic study and is the 1st try to write an in depth educational heritage of the SACP and its function in South Africa's fresh democratic transition.

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R. P. Bunting Collection, William Cullen Library, University of Witwatersrand. Party stalwarts Simons and Simons pour scorn on Edward Roux's version of events. However, the view of Simonses would now seem to sit in opposition to the position currently advanced by the SACP. Compare, for example, Simons & Simons, Class and Colour, pp. 404-405, 408, 620, to "JC", "Big Boots": A review of 'SP Bunting - a political biography'", African Communist, No. 136, First Quarter 1994, pp. 76-77. 24 "Untrammeled" from Roux, Time Longer, p.

213-235. Also, B. Bozzoli & P. Delius, "Radical History and South African Society", Radical History Review, Vol. 46, No. 7, pp. 13-45; C. : Revolutionary theory and contemporary South Africa", Transformation, No. 8, 1989, pp. 9-10. Wolpe had escaped from prison in South Africa during the 1960s. For one of his important interventions, see H. Wolpe, "The Theory of Internal Colonialism: The South 20 10 Simon Adams The reaction of the exiled SACP to these developments was less than welcoming. For example, one Communist Party writer's vitriolic denunciation of "New 'Marxist' Tendencies" focussed on the alleged fact that the real: aim of these new 'Marxists' is to reject the two-stage theory of our revolution.

91-94. 18 Bunting became CPSA chairman after the 1924 conference. Johns, Raising the Red Flag, pp. 143-145, 156-162, 185; Simons & Simons, Class and Colour, pp. P. Bunting, pp. 102-106; Roux, Time Longer, pp. 200-203; Lerumo, Fifty Fighting Years, pp. 52, 57-58. On white unions, see also, E. Reed, "Key to Unity in the Liberation Movement", African Communist, No 120, First Quarter 1990, pp. 97-98. 19 Circulation rose from about 3,000 to over 5,000. This growth is even more impressive than it seems when one considers that the new readership, black workers, often bought the paper collectively and shared it.

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