SACP wants to end Naspers’ reign of power

The Gauteng branch of the South African Communist Party is set to launch a campaign of rolling mass action to transform the financial sector‚ the media and to protest against labour brokerage.

In a statement released on Thursday‚ the party said it would hold a meeting in Braamfontein‚ Johannesburg‚ on Sunday to draw attention to rising numbers of house repossessions‚ evictions and levels of indebtedness‚ problems which it said was caused by “financialisation”.

The party also announced that it would organise protests against monopolies in the media‚ specifically the Naspers media group. It is calling for a “robustly independent media” and accountability.

As part of its media-related campaign‚ the party “hopes to reclaim back to the public the SABC‚ our public broadcaster‚ from the hyenas of self-interest and self-enrichment”.

It also addressed the issue of digital migration‚ saying: “Naspers’ monopoly through Multichoice is entrenched. This must come to an end. The campaign will push for the achievement of genuine transformation through digital migration which can only become successful if Multichoice’s monopoly is reversed.”

The statement closes with a call for transformation and democratisation of the conditions of media workers at “the bottom rungs”‚ who “are experiencing tough times”.

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SACP wants to end Naspers’ reign of power