In a statement a few days ago, the South African Communist Party confirmed Nelson Mandela’s membership, calling him “one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century”. The party proudly announed that Mandela was very much a communist during the time of his arrest for sabotage and treason.
One of Mandela’s most famous literary contributions is his political essay, How to be a good communist.
Said national spokesman for the South African Communist Party, Alex Mashilo:
“At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central Committee. To us as South African communists, Cde Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle. The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Cde Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days.”
The party is of the opinion that the passing away of “Comrade Mandela” marks an end to the life of one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, who fought for freedom and against all forms of oppression in both their countries and globally.
Mashilo caled for greater euality in South Africa and continued:
“As part of the masses that make history, Cde 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 Cde 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.”
– praag.org and SACP press release