contradictions, ambiguities, and plain falsehoods, contained in
the so-called MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT, absolutely stuns the normal
intelligent person, e.g. “all have the right to utilize the
opportunities that have come with freedom”.
after 1994 was mainly political (we could now vote, which did not
put food on the table; we could live in all areas, if we have money
etc.) but otherwise it was the capitalist class which benefited
mostly. The capitalists, with the support of the ANC in government,
could now exploit the working class more than ever before. They
could do so because the government then, had legitimacy in the eyes
of the majority of the people. They could now also, with no restrictions,
take profits out of this country instead, of investing in infrastructure
which would have benefited us. Is this freedom, to scratch for something
to eat in rubbish bins? To sit by the wayside hoping that someone
will offer you “employment”, so that you may feed yourself,
and maybe your family too?
Quote from the ANC Manifesto:“We will intensify our efforts
to provide services and opportunities such as water and sanitation,
health, electricity, housing and education, to those South African
who still do not have them”: Why not free water and electricity,
these are absolute essentials. But since these are privatized; and
the capitalist must make a profit; where workers cannot pay, they
are consequently denied. The destruction of working class families
(street children, abuse of wives and children, destitution etc);
as long as the ownership of the means of production (factories,
mines, banks and farms) belong to the few capitalists, then our
future must remain uncertain.
Quote:“We celebrate a South Africa that belongs to all who
live in it ……… a Peoples Contract to Create Work
and FIGHT POVERTY”. You cannot have a contract that meets
the needs of the capitalist and of the working class – this
like saying that the wolf and sheep can sign a contract to live
in peace, side by side. Such a contract clearly only favours the
wolf. We in WIVL say that the only contract which the working class
should be happy to endorse, is where the means of production is
transferred, from private hands to that of the working class; that
would indeed be reason to celebrate. It is private ownership of
the means of production and distribution which is responsible for
“CELEBRATING SOUTH AFRICA”
Quote:“Today South Africa is a democratic country………..”
In this so-called democratic country where are our votes put this
government into office, we the working class are systematically
disempowered. We are told by the media that this economy is growing;
but who is this growth good for? Not the working class. Take the
R710,00 per month given to pensioners, we challenge these members
of parliament to show us that they can live off this sum for even
one month. It is an indictment of this ANC government that people
who sacrificed their lives in the anti-capitalist struggle should
have to make do with this paltry sum. The average life expectancy
has dropped dramatically from 62 to 55.
If this continues
at this rate, by 2014 the average life expectancy will have dropped
to between 40 and 45. In the next period, 5 million people are expected
to die from Aids. Early death through hunger, starvation and exhaustion
is no cause to celebrate. The will (vote) of the working class is
receiving very little attention from this government. All they give
us is words and more words.
To talk about education; it has come to light that among those enrolled
for matric last year (2003) 60% dropped out, because of poverty.
Our so-called “right to education and skills” stands
exposed as so much hot air, while the destruction of the future
of our children carries on apace. We have a right to demand free
education, with books, meals, infrastructure, qualified teachers
and whatever else is necessary up to at least grade 12. For those
working class children who wish to, free education up to as far
as they can go.
Quote:“Today, South Africa is a country with a justice system
that serves the people………and laws which are intended
to prevent abuse”. In the case of an unemployed father who
steals in order to feed his family. What does the justice system
do; let him go or destroy him? The working class knows only too
well what the system does; a spin-off of the Jali Commission is
that it has now become common knowledge the destruction of people
that takes place in prison.
“ACTUAL PROGRESS GIVES US REAL HOPE IN THE FUTURE”
Quote:“Since 1994, R50 billion has been transferred to the
poor; through subsidized houses accommodating 6 million people;
through transfer of deeds in houses, that people have occupied in
townships………..”. No mention of the substandard
quality of the “housing” and the profiteering that forever
happens around these contracts.
As for the transfer
of deeds in townships. These “houses” had in most instances,
not been properly maintained for one; secondly they had probably
been paid for many times over, depending on the period of occupation,
and, thirdly it has now become the sole responsibility of the owners,
who now have to maintain them, and on top of that, also pay rates
and all the rest of it. Housing provided so far has been at the
best of times, hopelessly inadequate. The working class party must
decide what the requirements for adequate housing are. R50 billion
rand over 10 years may look like a lot of money but it amounts to
about R5 billion per year which is peanuts.
In any case
this is tax-payers monies which is derived either from:
a) VAT of which the working class is the major contributor.
b) Normal tax in the form of PAYE, again the working class.
c) Taxes on factories and mines- bosses profits; which profits are
derived from the blood and sweat of workers.
The working class deserves not only adequate but free housing, and
what about all the squatters.
They are the human
capital of this country and have a right, same as everyone to adequate
housing. Any plan that does not aim to build proper homes for all
is a plan to keep people homeless.
Any plan that does not aim to give work for all at a living wage,
is a plan to keep the working class in a state of starvation. Such
is the trademark of any capitalist government.
As the cornerstone of the ANC manifesto is dependent on encouraging
capitalist investment, this means that the state will always be
bound hand and foot to imperialism [the giant monopolies and banks].
The state is clearly the executive committee of the imperialists
and the local capitalist class. Bourgeois[capitalist] elections
are simply aimed at giving legitimacy to this executive committee
to carry out their plans for the continued exploitation of the working
In conclusion, the deterioration in all spheres of life, to which
we have been witness, over the last decades; has happened because
the capitalist system is in absolute decline, even in the metropolitan
countries (USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, etc). Increasing permanent
unemployment, one of the major features of this crisis, grows apace
and, only with the total uprooting of this system, which has long
ago outlived its usefulness, will we begin to see some kind of future.
For things to start moving in the right direction the working class
has to apply its energies to the creation of a workers party as
part of the rebuilding of the Fourth International, as the organ
which will fight for its interest.