The jewel of the SACP Constitution is Rule 6.4, which says:
“Members active in fraternal organisations or in any sector of the mass movement have a duty to set an example of loyalty, hard work and zeal in the performance of their duties and shall be bound by the discipline and decisions of such organisations and movement.
“They shall not create or participate in SACP caucuses within such organisations and movements designed to influence either elections or policies.
“The advocacy of SACP policy on any question relating to the internal affairs of any such organisations or movements shall be by open public statements or at joint meetings between representatives of the SACP and such organisations or movements.”
This means that SACP members active in any part of the mass movement, including trade unions, and including the ANC, do so in the utmost good faith.
SACP members serve the mass organisations on the terms of those organisations.
This clause is the backbone of the Alliance of the SACP with the ANC and COSATU, including COSATU’s affiliates.
It is because the mass organisations understand this rule that the alliance has been so solid for so long.
It means that SACP members can be trusted, and are in fact trusted.
The SACP Constitution, as a whole, is a model of how a constitution needs to be written. It is as brief as it can be, as direct as it can be, and where necessary it is sufficiently detailed. It is a very fine document, of which SACP Party members can be justly proud.
Please download and read this text via the following link:
SACP Constitution, 2007 (6603 words)
Strategy and Tactics, Morogoro, 1969, ANC (5882 words)