SACP General-Secretary Blade Nzimande. (SABC)
South African Communist Party (SACP) General-Secretary Blade Nzimande has called for unity among organisations within the ANC led tripartite alliance in honour of the late party and ANC intellectual, Jabulani Nxumalo. Nxumalo, affectionately known as Mzala by those who worked with him, died in London in 1991 at the age of 35.
Activists from various organisations like Sasco, trade unions, ANC and the Young Communists gathered in the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT's) ABSA Auditorium.
Nxumalo was posthumously awarded the Order of Luthuli in Silver in 2010 for his contribution to the liberation struggle.
Nzimande says he was recruited by Nxumalo into the SACP in London 1989. He says Nxumalo would have loved to see unity with the entire movement. "We are really facing a challenge of dangerous factional activities in our organisations, and its important to do away with this. Comrade Mzala would rather have issues of differences being debated, and seek to find one another, and its crucial if we are to take forward many challenges facing this country."
Vice Chancellor of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Prins Nevhutalu, says the institution should take the lead in producing a film on the life Nxumalo. "Our university as a place of intellectual development, of research, renovation, would like to contribute in the preservation of the life of this South African giant, who have made significant contributions scholarly, had he lived beyond 35 he would today be called a doctor."
Organisations attending the lecture called for unity among alliance partners. Representatives of trade unions, students, and the ANC
have delivered messages of support during the memorial lecture delivered under the theme "Let's close ranks and unite the peoples camp".