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Yossel “Joe” Slovo was a Jewish South African revolutionary. Born in Obeliai, Lithuania in 1926, he spoke only Yiddish until his family fled from the growing Nazi threat to South Africa when he was 8 years old. When Joe was 16 years old, he joined the South African Communist Party, of which he would later become General Secretary. After volunteering in the fight against Nazism in Europe, he returned and earned a law degree, in the same class as Nelson Mandela. After a short series of stints in prison for communist activity, Joe emerged as a leader in Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC, which he led from exile in Britain, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique from 1963 to 1990. After waging war against the apartheid system for decades, he briefly served as Minister of Housing in Nelson Mandela’s new government before passing away in 1995. Many streets and buildings in South Africa are named in his honor. May his memory be a blessing! zt’‘l

HARRY GWALA in African Communist, the Journal of the South African Communist Party [4th Quarter 1991]

With the demise of socialism in eastern Europe the working class is facing its biggest challenge today. This has led to many ideas, some of which challenge the very theoretical foundations of Marxism-Leninism. Some people are even shy to mention Lenin, let alone the theoretical works of Stalin. All this throws a new challenge to our Marxist theoreticians today.

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Janusz Waluś is a true South African patriot and hero. He is a prisoner of war in the ongoing racial conflict of South Africa. He was born in Communist Poland but moved to South Africa in 1981. In the 1990′s he was given a life sentence for assassinating Chris Hani, leader of the South African Communist Party. The police found a hit-list that suggested Hani was only the third on Waluś’s list, which also included the names and addresses of Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo (an influential Jewish member of the ANC and Communist Party), among others.

“They (the ANC) are communist and they will destroy this wonderful country. They will squander all that was built here by Whites with such difficulty. It pains me that everything here will be destroyed in the name of a multiracial Utopia that will never work here. They want freedom and democracy. In a few years freedom and democracy will be all they will have.” - Janusz Waluś