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Pretoria, May 18 (Prensa Latina) Affiliates of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) as well as the Communist Party, have called for a demonstration of support for Venezuela in Pretoria. Continue reading
The Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party in the province of Gauteng announced Tuesday that they will hold a picket in Pretoria Thursday in support of the democratically-elected government of Venezuela and its Bolivarian Revolution.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions has noted with deep contempt the recent attempts to use South African territory for propaganda to attempts to destabilize Venezuela. We have watched with keen interest the developments in Venezuela and around the world, where opposition has been running a twitter revolution to promote their propaganda and the harassment of innocent citizens and public figures.
We note with great concern the developments currently in South Africa with the fake reports and fake news trying to convince the world that South Africans support the offensive against the current government of Venezuela. On the contrary, we want to state it categorically clear that such news are ridiculously false. We are clear, based on our strong historical ties with Venezuela and our resolve as progressives that we will support the progressive people and government of Venezuela both in word and in action.
We will not allow incidences similar to the fake protest claimed to have been in Durban at the non existing embassy of Venezuela there to ever fly again. As for the planned protest against the Venezuelan Government, backed and funded by the imperialist powers, it will not fly. This will not happen here, not in our back yard. We call on the South African Government to look into this and nip it in the bud before it goes any further. These attempts are cause for concern and threaten peace and security within South Africa; they cannot be left to continue.
We urge the media to practice good journalism by reporting accurate and true stories about the developments in Venezuela and elsewhere, including checking their facts. They must stop the cut and paste that currently being done by some media houses. We call on all progressive organizations to join the call condemning the attempts of the imperialist powers using opposition and NGOs for regime change. We call on all progressives to join us in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela.
COSATU will be staging a picket at the UN Offices in Francis Baard in Pretoria on the 18th May 2017 at 10am-12pm in support of the progressive people and government of Venezuela.
Issued by COSATU
Sizwe Pamla (National Spokesperson)
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All the classes that pay taxes are to a large extent dependent on the resources under the control of white monopoly capital. Even the ability of workers to pay taxes depends on the employment they get largely from white monopoly capital.
Employees of the state derive their salaries from state taxes and state borrowing, which ultimately spring from the resources under white monopoly.
Therefore, not only is the state objectively owned and controlled by white monopoly capital, but largely the whole of society is under white monopoly capitalist control. Ideologically, white monopoly capitalists have even started a campaign in which their very existence and relevance is denied.
Defenders of white monopoly capital claim that because many of the companies that dominate the economy are partly owned by pension funds of black workers, white monopoly and control is a fiction.
What these apologists of white domination conveniently forget is that even under apartheid, the pension funds of black workers were used to finance white monopoly capital. Yet it could not be said that black workers owned and controlled the apartheid economy. Indeed, on paper, pension funds are owned largely by workers.
In fact, the control of these funds is monopolised by white-owned asset managers, who have positioned themselves, on the basis of these funds, as “investors”. The wealth of black workers is in the hands of white monopoly capital.
On this day twenty two years ago, the South African Communist Party (SACP)secretary-general, Chris Thembisile Hani also known to many as Tshonyane (his clan name), was shot and killed in the driveway of his Boksburg home. Soon after, Janus Walus, a Polish immigrant who came to South Africa in 1982, was arrested in connection with the murder. He was linked to co-conspirator Clive Derby-Lewis, a Conservative Party (CP) Memebr of Parliament (MP)and his wife Gaye.
During the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearing, Walus said: “I did not want to shoot him in the back. I called to Mr Hani. When he turned I fired the first shot into his body. As he turned and fell down, I fired a second shot at his head.”
Hani was killed in front of his 15-year-old daughter Nomakhwezi. The death of the leader of the armed wing of the ANC and popular communist leader on the eve of the first democratic elections in South Africa fuelled fears of violence and threatened the transition to democracy
• Wallis, F. (2000). Nuusdagboek: feite en fratse oor 1000 jaar, Kaapstad: Human & Rousseau.
• Coleman, M. (ed)(1998). A Crime Against Humanity: analysing the repression of the apartheid state, Johannesburg: Human Rights Committee, p. 256.
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