CPA statement on the death of Nelson Mandela
The Communist Party of Australia expresses its deepest regret at the passing of Comrade Nelson Mandela. This marks the end of the life of one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, who fought for freedom and against all forms of oppression in both
and globally. His
legacy will never die. South Africa
Our deepest condolences are extended to Ms Graca Machel, the entire Mandela family, the South African Communist Party, the ANC and the South African people.
We share the grief of the millions of workers, poor and oppressed, communists, democrats, socialists and others around the world who loved and admired him.
As the SACP says: “As part of the masses that make history, Comrade Mandela’s contribution in the struggle for freedom was located and steeled in the collective membership and leadership of our revolutionary national liberation movement as led by the ANC – for he was not an island. In Comrade Mandela we had a brave and courageous soldier, patriot and internationalist who, to borrow from Che Guevara, was a true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love for his people, an outstanding feature of all genuine people’s revolutionaries.”
With others we not only mourn Comrade Mandela’s death but also celebrate his life. We remember the inspiration of the Freedom Charter, the treason and Rivonia trials, the Free Mandela campaign and the outpouring of joy and hope when he was released from jail and elected as South Africa's first democrat president,
We also recognise and celebrate the anti-apartheid movement in
together workers, trade unionists, communists, social democrats, people of
faith and others into a mighty united force in support of the liberation
struggle of the South African people. The determination and strength of this
movement gives us an example for the movement that is required today to change
the political landscape in Australia . Australia
We celebrate the wisdom, integrity, dignity and humanity of the man known to all as Madiba, the man who was for a time a member of the South African Communist Party's central committee while heading Umkhonto We Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, the man who showed such endurance and courage during years of incarceration, the man who led the country and ANC in the establishment of a new South Africa based on peace, reconciliation, democracy and built with the involvement of the mass of the people.
To honour the legacy of this inspiring leader and comrade, we rededicate ourselves to the world wide anti-imperialist struggle for real change, to the fight for peace not imperialist war, for an independent Australia not one subservient to an imperialist US, for sovereignty for the indigenous people, for workers and trade union rights, against all forms of inequality.
We also rededicate our Party to the struggle for socialism, as the only political and economic solution to the problems confronting humanity.