SNAT President appreciates CPS role in capacitating anduniting the trade union movement

Communist Party of Swaziland

Saturday 24 December 2022: – Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) President Mbongwa Dlamini has appreciated the value of the Communist Party of Swaziland’s (CPS) intense political education drive as well as the cordial relations between the Party and the union.

This was part of SNAT’s message to the CPS Summer School held in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa from 20-30 December 2022.

“We appreciate the fact that we have gained so much due to working side by side with the Communist Party,” he said.

He continued, “But the Communist Party is not just a normal political party. We have noted and have seen through our experiences in working with the Party that the CPS does not interfere with the internal affairs of the union. It respects the independence of the union and fully supports it without expecting the union or some of its leaders to toe the Party’s line.”

The President also appreciated the conduct of CPS members in SNAT. “They show respect to the union, but also fully involve themselves in building the union,” he said.

He went on to recognise the importance of political education, noting that the Party strongly believes in education, capacitating its membership and society.

“The results of political education,” said the President, “are now manifesting themselves as anyone who encounters political education as delivered by the CPS goes on to lead correctly in the union and indeed becomes a changed person both politically and ideologically.”

President Mbongwa also emphasised on the need for leaders to receive political education.

“We have to make it clear, comrades, that a leader without political education is a very dangerous one. Such a leader can never correctly lead any organisation, let alone a union,” he said.

He also noted and stressed the importance of a decisive vanguard role of the Communist Party in the struggle for democracy.

He added, “We view the CPS as the vanguard of the working class. It is not just an organisation for itself but for the fighting people of our country. As such, we appreciate the CPS’s approach to open its doors of education even to the masses, not limiting political education to its members. This is important because a revolution will only be possible with a mass movement that is well capacitated ideologically.”

The President also pleaded with delegates to not participate in any acts that divide the progressive movement.

“We are inspired by the fact that the CPS and its members do not involve themselves in some of the unnecessary fights, taking place mostly on social media, between some of the organisations,” he said.

The SNAT President reaffirmed the union’s commitment to work with the CPS and any other political party that seeks to strengthen the union movement.


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