20 May 2019

South Africa: Response to Jeremy Cronin On the Question of Opportunism


The South African Communist Party (SACP) clearly helped propel Zuma to power in the most opportunistic fashion. And the whole of South Africa witnessed that from the time of the ANC's Polokwane conference in 2007, and even before. I stand by that view without equivocation.

Jeremy Cronin has strongly defended the SACP's position on the recent national general elections and taken issue with me: "The SACP played a key role against kleptocracy and its campaign against State Capture was neither opportunistic, as claimed by Ronnie Kasrils, nor a blind Ramaphoria cult." (Daily Maverick 16 May in response to my earlier DM contribution "A Curate's Egg of an Election").

The SACP's record of opposing Jacob Zuma's kleptocratic period of State Capture needs to be dissected. Jeremy Cronin is aware that he and the party leadership ignored my warnings as early as 2005 against supporting Zuma, even before his rape trial, but at the very time his corrupt relationship with Schabir Shaik was made public in the courts of law.

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