SACP: Break up Independent Newspapers

2012-07-12 18:06

Kwadlangezwa - Independent News & Media's South African operations should be broken up and not sold to a monopoly, SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

He told about 2 000 delegates at the 13th national congress of the SACP near Empangeni that they should be opposed to media monopolies.

"Why are we not launching a campaign to de-monopolise? We see this (newspaper group) as too big."

He described Independent Newspapers as an "active opposition to government".

SACP deputy secretary general Jeremy Cronin told journalists the Irish owners of the group had been guilty of asset stripping its SA operations and that some "R500m has been shipped out of the country".

Both he and Nzimande said they would like to see more localised newsrooms rather than the current pooling of news gathering found in large media groups.

Nzimande said banks should be forced to invest in low-cost housing.

The state should move from merely regulating to actively directing the private sector, he told delegates at the party's elective conference near Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal.

Delivering his political report, Nzimande said the state had to direct the private sector towards developmental outcomes and objectives.

"Legislation must be made to force South African banks to invest in low-cost housing. It is after all the money of the working class."

Nzimande said he had no doubt that the banks would oppose such measures but said that that the Financial Sector Charter had been a failure, especially since the government had been forced to guarantee bank investment in the poorer sectors of the community.

The Financial Sector Charter was adopted in 2004 as the financial service industry's contribution to social transformation.

It commits the industry to meeting a range of transformation targets, some of which, like broadening access to financial services, are uniquely applicable to the financial services.

Referring to government employees, Nzimande said that all public servants should declare their business interests and should in fact not work for government if they were in business.

"If you are in public service you can't be in business, if you are in business you can't be in public service; you must choose."

Currently, only those at the level of directors in the public service have to declare their interests.

Nzimande said that all public servants should have to declare their business interests.

  • matthews.bantsijang - 2012-07-12 20:04

    Battle of power....

  • merkwaardig - 2012-07-12 20:16

    What about demonopolizing the ANC ... oops, thats already happening

  • calamariman - 2012-07-12 20:33

    make up your mind, Blade!! You tell us the working class has no money then tell the Banks that they should invest in low cost housing because "it is, after all, the money of the working class"

  • Phillip - 2012-07-12 21:28

    'Break', being the optimum word...

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-07-12 21:35

    Break the "monopoly" as opposed to the state monopoly that is the very basic pillar of communism, that you are striving for ... HYPOCRITES all of you SACP people!!!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-12 23:39

    You are a complete waste of time!

  • trevor.roberts.148 - 2012-07-12 23:59

    HELLO!! HELLO!!. Has no one told these idiots that the only true communist state North Korea, which I assume they want South Africa to be like is bankrupt and the people with the exception of the leaders are STARVING.

  • eric.schollar - 2012-07-13 05:34

    The SACP should do the country a favour and slither down the toilet of world history like their former baas the Russian CP. Or they could try to find the decency to stand as a separate party in the next election.

  • Gerald - 2012-07-13 07:35

    BLADE You are a cheat and a Hypocrite. Have you declared that you are "head" of Services Seta and of the SACP. Since you are in business with the Seta resign from SACP or resign from the Seta and stay with SACP. You are doing exactly what you tell others not to do. By the way good communists do not drive around in fancy German(capitalist) cars but use the old Russian Skodas. If you said that the sun is shining at 9.00 am Iwould still go outside to make sure that you are not lying as usual.

  • Glyn - 2012-07-13 07:50

    The sacp is not a valid entity! No votes equals nonentity! Vote DA!

  • JohannP - 2012-07-13 07:50

    Irony is when the Communist party demands Capitlist business practises. Rule 1 of business... Buy bulk, sell seperately. It you bought the Independent group, and then sold all it's publications as stand alone entities you stand to make more money. Sure we inderstand that some of the publications will end up in the hands of government sympathisers, but that's okay, because the otherd won't.

  • rory.hewitt2 - 2012-07-13 07:51

    OMG! What a useless bunch of twits!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-13 08:48

    Well Blade, to me the biggest monopoly in this country is the ANC/Cosatu/SACP alliance. How about you and Cosatu grow a pair and stop hiding under the skirt of the ANC? Let's face it, the SACP is nothing without its partners. You are a dithering wimp without your big brothers to shield you. So until such time you can prove that the SACP has sufficient support to speak for itself, please shut up.

  • Neil - 2012-07-13 09:46

    Hi blade and patrick. Or any communist supporter. Please name one single country that is better off because of communism. Just one. Any country where people are free, happy and enjoy the fruits of their labour. Come on guys, name just one country. Just one. Only. In the whole wide world. Just one country.

      Neil - 2012-07-13 09:49

      Hey blade? patrick? I'm still waiting. One country that's better off. Come on boys. Name one. Just one.

  • raven.sqarr - 2012-07-13 10:29

    Of course the media is an "active opposition to government" - that is EXACTLY what it is supposed to be. Unless the government is actually good at what they do and have nothing to hide, then the media would have nothing to oppose. As long as we are talking about money leaving the country, why not talk about SAB? And what about e-toll-gate?

  • theo.jacobs2 - 2012-07-13 12:46

    ''The Financial Sector Charter was adopted in 2004 as the financial service industry's contribution to social transformation.'' Um.... not bad for a communist. What happened to collectivity? Where's Malema? This ramblings need some fine tuning from a real Communist!

  • carel.hancke.12 - 2012-07-14 09:01

    I cannot understand why existing businesses must always be targeted. Many of the big companies and farming enterprises still in existence today started off by training ignorant black people who knew exactly nothing about the European type of business operations. They did not even know how ride a bicycle, just to illustrate where they come from. Blade, did you not know that outside business investment is a world wide occurrence, and if your country is ruled intelligently, it assists in the sector of job creation. I want a job, that is the cry of desparation in this country. If your'e so clever, why don't you and your comrades start new enetrprises in opposition to the ones that you are troubled about, instead of just moaning and groaning. That would be a more honest approach than to always want to usurp exiting concerns, which is tantamount to stealing by means of taking through the use of corrupt force.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-16 13:53

    Banks are in business to make money, when will you get that through that thick skull of yours. Why dont you set up your organization to take on that risk. My bet, I dont believe you would. Besides, when did god nominate you to force people and business people to do your will. Go climb into bed with the rest of the cANCer maybe they will let us wash their hands.

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