The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng Province dips its red flag in honour of the memory of our late comrade Ignatius Jacobs, who passed away on 01 April 2020.
We take this opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, especially his dear wife, friends and comrades with whom he served with to advance the course of the national democratic revolution (NDR). Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time, certainly exacerbated by the decisive and logical conditions of the national lockdown as the country tries its level best to combat the possible spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Cde Nash, as he was popularly known in the revolutionary circles, was a modest, humble and yet an intellectual giant of our movement and his generation. He embodied some of the best values of our revolution including selflessness, dedication, commitment and being a downright decent human being in pursuing the cause of liberating our people.
A Marxist-Leninist to the end, he never dithered in carrying out numerous assignments and responsibilities given to him by the movement. Having joined the struggle at a young age and sacrificed his youth to the liberation cause, he rose through the ranks of our movement to hold numerous positions in the ANC Youth League, as well as serving the both in the provincial executive committees of the SACP and ANC in our province.
Guided by both the theory and practice of Marxism-Leninism, cde Nash played a key role in guiding the movement’s response to many challenges that continue to face the majority of our people. In his honour we will continue to advance the socialist struggle, waged at the terrain of the NDR, as a pivotal class struggle that places social needs above narrow selfish private profits.
It is imperative that we use the sad occasions such as the passing of cde Nash to recommit ourselves to the struggle to transform all facets of our society and reverse the capitalist accumulation path that persist to be dominated by features of colonialism of a special type in our country.
We hope that the family of cde Nash will take comfort at the reality that through all his actions he dedicated his life to the best cause possible, the fight for the liberation of his people. For this we salute him and may his soul rest in peace.
Long live the spirit of cde Ignatius Jacobs!!
Support for the SACP national office call for measures to assist the vulnerable during Covid-19 lockdown.
Cde Nash passes away at a time the country and the world is grappling with one the worst pandemics to face humankind, Covid-19. We take this opportunity to reiterate and support the call by our national office for measures to be taken to assist the vulnerable sections of our society, especially the unemployed, poor and lower sections of the middle class during the national lockdown.
Indeed, the call for the measures to include food security for the unemployed, with particular focus on informal settlements and townships is a correct one. We have also observed an increased in levels of anxiety in the category of those in precarious jobs. Thus, interventions such as the emergency income security measures, mobilisation of more funding for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), temporary freeze on various loans such as mortgages is equally crucial.
Opportunistic talks of privatisaton, divestment and liquidation of any state-owned enterprise as a result of this global pandemic must be condemned in the strongest terms possible.
We take this opportunity to call on the working class to fully cooperate with the regulations of the national lockdown to ensure that we break the chain of spread of this pandemic. If left unattended, it is the working that will be on the receiving end of any spread of this pandemic.
We therefore take this opportunity to condemn all opportunists who are riding on the wave of this pandemic to mobilise communities, thereby breaking the lockdown rules, in the name of the plight of the working class and the poor. We have seen such mavericks in places like Mamelodi here in our province and we call on law enforcement to act swiftly and decisively in dealing with anyone who breaks the law.
Issued by the SACP Gauteng Province