Why this name?
3. The building of a socialist project;
Union Says United Front Not a Project to Improve the ANC or Provide Futile CPR on SACP/ANC
The strike in the mining sector
The CC also took place against the backdrop of a four-month strike by mineworkers in the Platinum Belt, where workers are demanding nothing more than a living wage of R12,500 per month. This is happening when the CEO of Anglo Platinum and 11 other senior managers racketed bloated bonus payments. What is even more disgraceful is the fact that the ANC has after 20 years of democracy not done anything to break down the apartheid capitalist colonial economy which is based on super exploitation of Black and African labor.
The root cause of this strike is the capitalist imperialist ownership of our mineral resources and the persisting structural problem of this sector of the economy still being based on the supper exploitation of migrant labor which is a continuation of apartheid in our so-called democratic state by other means.
National and domestic situation
The African National Congress (ANC)-led government continues to pursue neoliberal policies, including deregulation, inflation targeting and privatization. We have also witnessed massive de-industrialization which has led to a jobs bloodbath in the key sectors of our economy, more especially in the manufacturing sector.
Between 2009 and 2012 we lost 271,000 jobs in manufacturing, and between 2007 and 2010 manufacturing declined from 17% of GDP to 15%. All of this is against the backdrop of high levels of unemployment, deepening inequality and mass poverty amongst the Black and African working class.
The results of this neoliberal trajectory are as follows:
- Widespread and now increasingly violent strikes, service delivery protests, including violent crimes of domestic and sexual violence;
- A strike by platinum mineworkers which is now in its fourth month;
- Increasingly tough responses by employers to industrial action, including suing unions for lost production during strikes;
- Racial polarization of the South African population; AND
- Massive concentration of wealth in South African banks, and increasing affluence of the White population.
- Mass poverty concentrated among the Black and African working class population.
The CC reflected on the recently concluded national elections. An initial analysis was presented. The CC noted that while the ANC celebrates their 62% victory and lays claims that their support base has not shifted below 60%, this is both misleading and in fact completely fallacious.
Below we illustrate the glaring diminishing support for the ANC in the voting trends since 1994:
The CC noted that the launch and building of the United Front and the Movement for Socialism would not be simple. It reaffirmed the basic principles which would guide the United Front and amongst these are: