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Welcome to the Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)

Welcome to the Communist Party of South Africa (Marxist-Leninist)

Why a Communist organisation, why a Marxist – Leninist organisation? Why not just a communist party? Better still, why not just join the SACP?

Firstly, it can be categorically stated that at the time of the founding of COSA (M-L) there was no communist party in South Africa even though the whole march of the revolution since June 16 1976 had shown that the party had become necessary in the situation of the New Democratic Struggle in South Africa. The so-called SACP existed only in name and more practically in London and Moscow.What was necessary was a communist party in the democratic mass movement and at the head of the working class movement. A vanguard party in South Africa, in the revolution, making revolution together with the masses. There was no such party!Secondly, even though the necessity of such a party made itself felt during and after June 16, during the 1980 winter strikes involving workers and students, it is not and it was not possible for revolutionary activists, even with a reasonable grasp of Marxism, to merely establish the party without preparing the organisational, ideological, theoretical and tactical grounds for the existence of the party of the working class and its activities.COSA (M-L) was therefore established to prepare such grounds. At the 1980 Conference COSA (M-L) adopted important documents towards the organisational (Leninist), theoretical and tactical preparation for the activities of communists and towards the founding of the party. There were The Rules, Political Report and an outline of a programme.For the next 8 years up to 1988, these basic documents served to guide the activities of the party building organisation in the working class struggles (in the factories, mines and trade unions), in the mass organisations such as civic associations, Makhotla, UDF formations as well as some work in the countryside, in the student and youth organisations.From the beginning, the party adopted amongst others 3 important founding documents: Programme of The Communist Party of South Africa (M-L), Constitution and Rules as well Report of the COSA (M-L) Central Committee to the CPSA (M-L) Inaugural Congress.