Kwadlangezwa - The SA Communist Party would like to see
Sasol [JSE:SOL] nationalised, but if this could not be achieved immediately the
petro-chemical giant should then be subjected to a windfall tax on extra
SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin said this was
one of the many draft resolutions that emerged from the party's four-day long
congress that wrapped up on Sunday at the University of Zululand near Empangeni
Speaking at a press briefing following the end of the 13th
National Congress, Cronin said that while the party's aim was for the total
nationalisation of Sasol, there was "no reason why we should not propose a
He said the SACP believed Sasol was raking in huge profits.
It cost the company $40 (about R331) to produce the equivalent of a barrel and
it was being paid at the going world market price for oil, which was close to
$100 (about R826) a barrel.
Cronin said a resolution to call for the re-nationalisation
of AcelorMittal SA [JSE:ACL] (formerly Iscor) was based on the fact that the SACP believed
it was being stripped by its international parent company.
He said another draft resolution called for the
transformation of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF).
Cronin said the colour composition of the SANDF was not at
the centre of the call for transformation, but rather they way it was run and
Media ownership was also an issue that was hotly debated by
delegates, according to Cronin.
The role of the national broadcaster in particular received
much attention with a draft resolution calling for 60 percent of the
broadcaster's budget to come from public funding.
Cronin said there was also a move against foreign ownership
of media in the country and that there should be greater diversity.
General secretary Blade Nzimande's failure to arrive at an
SACP fundraising gala dinner was raised at the press conference - with Nzimande
saying it was not a snub to deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, who spoke at
the event on Saturday night.
“I was simply exhausted. There was nothing else.”
During his closing address to the congress, Nzimande said
others were laying claim to Nelson Mandela's legacy and using it against the SA
Communist Party and its allies.
"Our revolution is not for sale."
Without making a direct reference to the Democratic
Alliance, but referring to "those in the Western Cape", he warned
that the former president's legacy was being used against the party to
In his speech the long-serving party member again repeated
calls for "tender-trepeneurs" to be flushed out of the party.
He also called on municipalities to stop outsourcing work,
but instead to increase their own capacity and employ more people.
Referring to the African National Congress' recent policy
conference, Nzimande said he welcomed the resolutions from that conference.
The ANC had accepted that "it can no longer be business
The SACP was more united than ever and a clear indication of
this fact was that the party's leadership had been elected by consensus,