Nationalise Sasol, SACP demands
PETROCHEMICAL company Sasol must be nationalised or subjected to a supertax on its profits, the SACP said at the end of its four-day national congress yesterday.
The party also resolved that military personnel should be used in developmental projects across the country.
Speaking at the University of Zululand near Empangeni , KwaZulu-Natal, SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin said it cost Sasol R331 to produce the equivalent of a barrel of crude oil, for which the company was paid R826, the going world market oil rate .
The party also wants the government to re-nationalise ArcelorMittal SA, formerly known as Iscor, as suspicions were that the company was being stripped of its assets by its international parent company.
Cronin said the SANDF should also help to build infrastructure and protectcoastlines, instead of the work being outsourced.
He said defence force personnel who were members of the party had claimed that the force remained largely untransformed.
"There is a lack of connection between the developmental objections of the democratic state and the doctrine and policies and practices of the SANDF," he said .
Cronin said the defence force needed to expand its capacity by training and absorbing young people through skills development and employment.
He added the SACP also supported state intervention in the private sector, especially the mining industry.
The resolutions will be refined by the new central committee at its first meeting soon .
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said the party also sought "to thrust the communists into protecting the environment".
"Apart from the discussions on the economy, we've added the environment, which is very important. We must, as the communist party, mainstream the struggle to save the environment. The struggle against capitalism is also about how we preserve our planet," Nzimande said.
"Emerging out of this congress is to be in a much better standing to influence society, influence our allies in the interest of addressing the challenges faced by the majority of the people of this country," said Nzimande.
He added that it was difficult to avoid the subject of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung in December.
"If I leave this hall and take a right turn, it will be said that I am supporting so and so ahead of Mangaung. Even if I cough and if that particular cough sounds right, I support Zuma or something like that," said Nzimande. - Additional reporting Sapa