Day 4 of CPS Summer School: Basic principles of Marxism-Leninism

Communist Party of Swaziland

Monday 20 December 2021:- The CPS Summer School (17-27 December 2021) continued today as delegates grappled with the question of Marxism-Leninism, analysing this most advanced revolutionary theory and trusted weapon of the oppressed in line with the practical realities of Swaziland.

Discussions were based on; 1) the different forces that have aided the autocracy to manipulate the masses for years, 2) the role of the masses in dismantling the autocracy, 3) the different classes in Swaziland and their role in the struggle.

These discussions proceeded in the context of the ongoing exploitation of the working masses, with delegates devising strategies to overcome it.

The autocracy, through the tinkhundla system, enslaves the masses. It has absolute control over institutions such as the judiciary, a rubber stamp parliament and a constitution which upholds Mswati’s absolute powers.

The regime also uses the school system, religion, and “culture” in its attempts to pacify the masses.

Delegates further identified imperialist forces, disguised as investors and friends of the Swazi people, liberals, and other reactionary forces as key forces who are enablers of the regime. These forces have played a role in deepening the exploitation of the people, deceiving the people from seeing the realities they face.

Delegates also emphasised on the unity of the democratic forces as a major tool for the people to emerge victorious in the struggle. The people must be organised in their various communities, undertake practical struggles, and raise their demands along the “Democracy Now” campaign. These include boycotting, disinvesting, mobilising for sanctions against Mswati and his businesses as well as those tied to him.

Tinkhundla activities must be opposed, sabotaged, and disrupted by all class-conscious people. These include the boycott and disruption of tinkhundla elections. The people must disarm the regime’s police. To do all these requires high disciplined and intensive training.

The working class is the exploited and oppressed majority in Swaziland! Workers are overworked, underpaid, overtaxed, and overcharged for basic rights such as education and healthcare. Thus, workers must engage in determined resistance struggles at all levels and platforms to denounce, rebuke, and isolate the monarch.

Finally, delegates agreed that a socialist revolution is the way forward for the oppressed people of Swaziland. The people must thus fight to overthrow the monarch in its entirety on the route to socialism.

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