The South African Communist Party (SACP) hit Johannesburg’s streets on Sunday to rally against fascism in the form of Julius Malema and his overalled fighters. It reeked of desperation.
The SACP gathered on Sunday a party under threat. The conversations, the placards, and the language in the speeches all suggested that the communists were under pressure, as President Jacob Zuma continues to face criticism over Nkandla and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) use Parliament and the legislatures to publicly embarrass the ANC.
Almost 500 members from Gauteng met on Sunday morning at Johannesburg’s Constitutional Hill, summoned to demonstrate against fascism. Essentially, the SACP is outraged at the attention the EFF has garnered since arriving in Parliament and minting phrases like “pay back the money” and “blood on his hands”. The communist press release explained its counter attack: “Whilst [the] SACP condemns the fact that these fascists and violence-prone fanatics are hell-bent on undermining the ‘decorum’ of Parliament, the launch of a programme and front against fascism is not about the ‘decorum’ of Parliament. It is essentially about pushing back the frontiers of Boko Haram and Nazi-inspired counter-revolution.”
As marches go, the number of people who turned out…
Source : Daily Maverick