Failure to help in the social and economic reconstruction of Africa would only maintain a society in which Africa’s wealth benefits a ruling black minority and a few privileged whites while the democratic Black majority for whom our parents like the Steve Bikos shed their blood remains poor.” – This formed part of a message from the Convention Peoples Party (CPP) to the African National Congress (ANC) on the 100th anniversary of their existence.
The CPP message noted further that “We remember your countless examples of fortitude and willingness to serve and sacrifice to defeat Apartheid, racism and oppression continues to inspire many Africans today as you now work to defeat poverty and social deprivation.
We remember the patriotic sacrifices of some of the greatest sons of Africa such as Oliver Thambo, Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Steve Biko, Ruth First, Winnie Mandela and Thabo Mbeki amongst others.
We remember and salute the Martyrs of Sharpville and Soweto whose only crime against national racism was daring to want freedom, equality and justice on African soil.”
The CPP urged the ANC to avoid being lured into political and economic inaction from the false belief that the realization of political self determination necessarily leads to the emergence of a progressive society in which the standard of living of all South Africans increase and not just for a small minority or a privileged few.
The CPP message noted further that Ghana under Kwame Nkrumah had stood by Africa’s liberation movements in their hour of need as for example when Ghana sent her sons and daughters to Congo to help President Patrice Lumumba.
Additionally, the solidarity message stated that “Ghanaians fired up by that example, continue to stretch forth their hands to you in solidarity. Our parents played their roles gallantly because they believed that the independence of Ghana was meaningless unless it was linked up with the total liberation of the African continent. Our parents also understood that as Africans we are all in it together”.
The message ended with “We join you to proclaim as captured in your Anthem: Nkosi, sikelel iAfrika - God Bless Africa.”
Nii Armah Akomfrah
Director of Communication