NUMSA’s Press Release – Poetry in Death and Struggle

This is a genuine press release from our boys on the front line. Not sure what to say really. Its like Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Flashdance…


Hamba Kahle Comrade Ludumo Luphondwana

Monday 12 December  2011

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has been struck

by death once more and the  irreconcilable imperatives of nature have robbed

us of one  of our finest jewel, dedicated, energetic, selfless and brave

VWSA Shopsteward Comrade Ludumo Luphondwana. Comrade Luphondwana departed

from the land of the living to land of the departed yesterday Sunday 11

December 2011.

Comrade Luphondwana passes away as we prepare ourselves to defend the

leadership and the gains ushered by 52nd ANC National Conference held in

Polokwane. Sadly, he would not be us at ANC’s Policy Conference, when we

remind our leaders about the 1969 Morogoro Strategy and Tactics resolve “In

our country – more than in any other part of the oppressed world – it is

inconceivable for liberation to have meaning without a return of the wealth

of the land to the people as a whole. It is therefore a fundamental feature

of our strategy that victory must embrace more than formal political

democracy. To allow the existing economic forces to retain their interests

intact is to feed the root of racial supremacy and does not represent even

the shadow of liberation…….Our drive towards national emancipation is

therefore in a very real way bound up with economic emancipation. We have

suffered more than just national humiliation. Our people are deprived of

their due in the country’s wealth; their skills have been suppressed and

poverty and starvation has been their life experience. The correction of

these centuries-old economic injustices lies at the very core of our

national aspirations. We do not understand the complexities which will face

a people’s government during the transformation period nor the enormity of

the problems of meeting economic needs of the mass of the oppressed people.

But one thing is certain – in our land this cannot be effectively tackled

unless the basic wealth and the basic resources are at the disposal of the

people as a whole and are not manipulated by sections or individuals be they

White or Black”.

This resolve of Morogoro was well understood and articulated by Comrade

Luphondwana in many workers meetings’ given the persisting triple crisis of

poverty, unemployment and inequalities in our country, mostly affecting

Black African working class and the poor. Comrade Luphondwana’s well grasp

of revolutionary theory and analytical understanding of our revolution, he

was adamant and convinced, not by convenience, but by his communists

convictions, that the nationalization and socialization of the strategic

commanding heights of our economy was the decisive intervention on the

challenges faced by our people and the revolution.

Comrade Luphondwana’s selflessness and commitment to the workers struggle

and cause was marvelled by many of our Shopstewards and the new generation

of worker leaders at the shopfloor who are currently needed today to tackle

the many challenges or threats posed by White monopoly capital to advance,

deepen and accelerate a socialist orientated National Democratic Revolution

(NDR), with the working class at the forefront and as a driver for

fundamental change in pursuit of the Freedom Charter goals and objectives.

In Comrade Luphondwana, we lost a leader, organizer, negotiator, educator

and above all a principled cadre of our liberation movement, the ANC.  We

send our deep felt and sincere condolences to his family, COSATU, SACP, ANC

and the entire mass democratic forces. Comrade Luphondwana may be gone, but

his immortal living ideas will be engraved in our minds and hearts as we

fight for better, just Socialist South Africa.


Castro Ngobese

National Spokesperson

Cell: +27 73 299 1595

Tel (dir): +27 11 689 1702



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