“Socialism is not about big concepts and heavy theory. Socialism is about decent shelter for those who are homeless. It is about water for those who have no safe drinking water. It is about health care, it is about a life of dignity for the old. It is about overcoming the huge divide between urban and rural areas. It is about a decent education for all our people. Socialism is about rolling back the tyranny of the market. As long as the economy is dominated by an unelected, privileged few, the case for socialism will exist.” Chris Hani
Chris Hani, was a breathe of fresh air when it came to showing the liberation movement what direction it should take – a socialist direction. He called for a delinking from the capitalist system indicating that development for SA can only be realized under socialism.
With regard to the development of a culture of a socialist society he put forward the principle of a system responding to the people’s needs as a medium within which a new culture – one that will obliterate the domination of the economy by a privileged few, can be developed. He pointedly said, “our biggest enemy would be what we do in the field of socio-economic restructuring”. He urged that we “build a different culture in this country, different from Africa, different from the Nationalist Party” and insisted on that culture being in “service to people”.
This makes Chris Hani’s revolutionary legacy a guiding light in the current situation that the country finds itself – a situation in which imperialism’s grip on the country is tightening in service of a privileged few, being the white settler minority. He was clear, we cannot have peace without fighting for social justice. There can be no question of what Chris Hani would be saying in the current context. Yes, he would boldly urge us to defeat imperialism! Hani understood very well that the interests of the imperialists are not in line with the interests and aspirations of blacks! Hani’s indication of a revolutionary path to socialism envisages a society which gives the fullest play to people’s needs and to this end puts people first!
Today marks the 23rd anniversary of Cde Chris Hani who was murdered by the racist Januz Walus in service of consolidating white supremacy! BLF honors the revolutionary legacy of this brave leader! Furthermore BLF condemns the release of Januz Walus and calls for revolutionary justice in this regard.
The fighting, fearless and selfless spirit of Cde Hani will continue to guide us until we attain freedom.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
10 April 2016
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