Pallo Jordan on the legacy of Joe Slovo

As the African National Congress (ANC) celebrated 105 years of existence, Talk At Nine host Karima Brown looks at the legacy of former ANC and South African Communist Party (SACP) leader, Joe Slovo.

2016 marks 22 years after Slovo's death.

From the 1950s Slovo played a central and sometimes leading role in every step in the struggle against apartheid, and in the foundation of South Africa's democracy.

ANC veteran and leading intellectual, Pallo Jordan, remembers Slovo as a critical thinker, who was always introspective and retrospective.

Asked what would have been Slovo's thoughts and actions about the current state of the country, Jordan says Slovo would have been part of those critically analysing problems and seeking way forward.

He would underscore all the deficits since 1994. He would also talk about other deficits in terms of our achievements. But that would not make him give up. He would say, 'alright we have these difficulties, we have to overcome them and work out tactics on how to overcome them'.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran and leading intellectual

Jodarn says current challenges facing South Africa are due to 1994 negotiations.

We didn't win our struggle on the battle field, we won our struggle by a combination of accommodation and mass action.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran and leading intellectual

Those two factors meant that in many respects we got far more than we had before, but far less than what we had struggled for. And that's what we have been wrestling with since then.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran and leading intellectual

Many of the forces that controlled the economy then, still control it today.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran and leading intellectual

How one moves from where we are now to a position where that is reversed, where the power holders of over the years are no longer power holders.

Pallo Jordan, ANC veteran and leading intellectual

Listen to the audio below for more analysis on Slovo's legacy and and SACP from Principal associate at Africa Analysis and former student activist David Africa, SACP second deputy general-secretary Solly Mapiala, and Social science lecturer at Rhodes University Professor Richard Pithouse...


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