The SACP's tone of late mirrors that of the 'right-wing xenophobes' it rebuked not too long ago. The irony must have been lost on Blade Nzimande when he spoke to workers in Durban this week.
What is to be done when a self-styled and self-professed revolutionary force shifts its radical stripes and progressive posture depending on who is in power?
It was a sad day, indeed, for the South African Communist Party (SACP) when its general secretary, Blade Nzimande, who doubles as the minister of higher education and training, stepped on a podium this week and gave his two cents about the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in the country.
Brimming with energy, punctuated by a lack of revolutionary self-awareness, Nzimande aimed his razor-sharp tongue at African leaders looting their countries and creating unfavourable conditions for citizens in which to live. In any event, South Africa was doing its best and it was not solely to blame for what was happening on its shores, he said.
At face value, some would argue Nzimande made valid points. But facts and context matter.
This is the same Nzimande whose SACP, in a statement, called for Thabo Mbeki's head, saying the then-president had...