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    ‘Not surprised’: ANC calls out ActionSA for banning the word ‘Comrade’

    The ANC has taken a swipe at ActionSA after the party revealed that it had banned the word “comrade” within its ranks.

    Earlier this week, ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said party members refer to each other as “actioners,” as opposed to “comrades,” as that term has developed a new meaning in the country, and now refers to “thugs and thieves” disguised as politicians.

    “The term ‘comrades’ is banned in ActionSA. Comrades are thugs and thieves. If anyone calls you comrade, you refuse because they only call you comrade when they want to corrupt you,” Mashaba said.


    The ANC, whose members often refer to each other as “comrades,” didn’t take too kindly to Herman Mashaba’s remarks, but said it isn’t entirely surprised.

    “The African National Congress is not surprised that ActionSA has banned the use of the word ‘comrades’ within its organisation because it clearly does not understand the real meaning of the term. This latest populist stunt by the ActionSA leader goes to expose the fascist tendency that seem
    to be heavily engraved in the politics of ActionSA. The unfortunate danger of populist manoeuvres is their ability to deliberately mislead society and this must be rejected with the contempt it deserves,” said spokesperson Pule Mabe.

    Mabe added that the “comrade” has been used within progressive movements across the world for many decades to convey a sense of common purpose, shared values and solidarity, which resonates with the party.

    “The attempt by ActionSA to associate ‘comrade’ with “thugs and thieves” does a great disservice to the many real comrades within our movement who have stood up to corruption, patronage and state capture. It is an insult to those committed cadres who, often at great risk to themselves, have exposed wrongdoing in SOEs, municipalities, companies and other institutions. It is an insult to the overwhelming majority of ANC and Alliance members who steadfastly reject all forms of corruption”

    ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe


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