Tag Archives: SACP

The Tripartite Alliance

With the exception of the African National Congress (ANC), there’s probably no better known political body in South Africa than the tripartite alliance. Bringing together the ANC, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the alliance forms the cornerstone of the government’s power. The relationship is an […]

uKesval ‘Kay’ Moonsamy (5 July 1926-21 June 2017)

Kay Moonsamy during his visit to Red Square, 13th June 2016

Ngokudlula emhlabeni kuka Kesval Moonsamy ngesonto elidlule lelizwe lilahlekelwe ngenye yezingqalabutho zentando yeningi. Ubaziwa kakhulu ngelika ‘Kay’, uMoonsamy wayeyilunga lezinhlangano eziningi zepolitiki, waba yilunga lenyunyana esemncane kakhulu. Eneminyaka eyi 14 waqala ukusebenza eRhodesian Timbers Limited lapho azizwela khona ukungabikho kobulungiswa nokungalingani emsebenzini ngenxa yebala. Wabe eseba yilunga leNatal Indian Congress (NIC) kanye neCommunist Party of […]

Dawood Seedat: 1916-1976

The name Dawood Seedat might not be familiar to that many people, but that only serves to prove the number of unsung heroes that we have in South Africa, and how so much more needs to be done to publicise the work of the countless individuals who made it possible for us to live the […]

Eric ‘Stalin’ Mtshali: 1931-12th October 2018

Eric Mtshali at the 17th World Trade Union Congress, Durban, 2016

Last Sunday an official funeral was held for the late Eric ‘Stalin’ Mtshali, who passed away at the age of 87 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban. Nicknamed ‘Stalin’ for his admiration of the Soviet Union leader, Joseph Stalin, Mtshali was a committed member of the South African Communist Party (SACP), which he joined in 1957. […]

Ahmed Timol: 3rd November 1941 – 27th October 1971

SACP activists outside the North Gauteng High Court in Tshwane, 13th October 2017

Some 47 years ago a meeting was held in Durban to discuss a national day of mourning for South Africa’s political detainees. The meeting was sparked by the death of Ahmed Timol, who had died in police custody on the 27th October 1971. Timol was the 22nd political detainee to die since 1963. By 1990, a further […]

Johannes Nkosi: 3 September 1905 – 19 December 1930

The 16th of December has long been a day disputed in the history of South Africa. For much of the Afrikaans-speaking population the date was a celebration of the Voortrekkers’ victory over the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838 whereas black South Africans found the celebrations offensive, as the day represented the […]

He Died for Peace

Chris Hani 2

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Chris Hani, an event that nearly saw the undoing of the very fragile peace negotiations in South Africa. It’s difficult to imagine so many years on, but Chris Hani was a hugely popular figure in South Africa, with some even believing that with him at the […]

Kesval ‘Kay’ Moonsamy (5 July 1926-21 June 2017)

Kay Moonsamy during his visit to Red Square, 13th June 2016

Last week the country lost another of its great stalwarts of democracy with the passing of Kesval Moonsamy. Popularly known as ‘Kay’, Moonsamy was a member of a number of political organisations, becoming a trade union member at a very young age. Having started work at Rhodesian Timbers Limited when he was just 14 years […]

A Turning Point for South Africa


The years between the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and the country’s first democratic elections in 1994 were a time of great political tension in South Africa. An estimated 14 000 people are said to have died in politically related incidents in those few years, double the amount of political deaths recorded from 1948 […]