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Vol 48 No 15

Published 20th July 2007

South Africa

A Communist manifestation - the return of the left

Leftist critics of President Thabo Mbeki have regrouped in the South African Communist Party, hoping to take control of the African National Congress

It was a great revivalist meeting for South Africa's resurgent left-wing activists. Some 1,300 SACP delegates gathered in Port Elizabeth on 11-14 July to hear speaker after speaker excoriate the 'class traitors' of the centrist ANC government. The General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Zwelinzima Vavi, won a standing ovation for a rousing speech, calling on the SACP and Cosatu to be more 'aggressive'.

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