Our Constitution

Introduction

The LAND PARTY is the humanistic vanguard of the people of South Africa, the poor, working class and the most destitute; regardless of race, religion, creed or culture. The Party will lead the people in carrying out socialist transformation with distinct African characteristics; completing the transition from New Democracy to socialism, establishing the basic socialist system, and developing a socialist economy, politics, and culture. The Party’s highest ideal and ultimate goal is the realisation of communism.

The LAND PARTY embraces a New Era for the South African LAND Revolution and its constitution is crystallised through the collective wisdom of:

  • Marxism-Leninism Thought

  • Mao Zedong Thought

  • Pan African Socialism Theory

  • Theory of Three Represents

  • Scientific Outlook on Development

  • Chief Leader Thoughts with African Characteristics

 

Through adapting, refining and combining these ideologies in the South African context, the LAND PARTY of South Africa will unite South African people of all ethnic groups in the long revolutionary LAND struggle against the government bureaucratic capitalist system, imperialism, party politics, political elite and white supremacy. The Party will secure victory through a new democratic LAND revolution and found a South African people’s democratic dictatorship through PEOPLE’S POWER.

 

The LAND PARTY shall lead the people in building a harmonious socialist society. In accord with the overall demands of democracy and the rule of law, equity and justice, honesty and fraternity, vigour and vitality, stability and order, and harmony between humankind and nature, and in line with the principle of building together and sharing together such a society, the LAND PARTY shall work to solve problems of the greatest, most immediate, and most practical concern to the people.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • focus on ensuring and improving living standards;

  • work to ensure that the fruits of development are of greater and more equitable benefit to the people;

  • help the people gain an increasingly stronger sense of fulfilment;

  • strive to see that all people realise their potential, find their proper place in society, and live together in harmony;

  • constantly strengthen its ability to purify, improve, reform, and excel itself;

  • constantly strengthen its grassroots foundation, expand its mass base, enhance its creativity; cohesion, and readiness to meet challenges;

  • and build itself up as an ever-learning, service-oriented, and innovative governing party.

 

The LAND PARTY should thus be able to forever stand at the forefront of the times and become a strong core capable of leading all the people of South Africa as they continue to advance along the road of socialism with South African characteristics.

Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.

Fidel Castro

LAND PARTY Integrated Plan and Strategy

Political Integrity

The LAND PARTY shall develop a broader, fuller, and more robust people’s democracy and act in earnest to protect the people’s right to manage state and social affairs as well as economic and cultural matters.

Economic Development

In leading the cause of socialism, the LAND PARTY of South Africa must be committed to economic development as the central task, and all other work must take an ancillary role and serve this centre.

Cultural Diversity

The LAND PARTY shall embrace cultural diversity among ethnic groups based on equality, solidarity, mutual assistance, and harmony to ensure that all citizens of South Africa work together for common development and prosperity.

Social Governance

The LAND PARTY shall work with firm resolve in accordance with the law to combat criminal activities that endanger national security or threaten social stability or economic development, and will bring criminals to justice to maintain lasting social stability.

Ecological Advancement

The LAND PARTY shall strive to build a sustainable society, and work to shape spatial layouts, industrial structures, modes of production, and ways of life that are conducive to resource conservation and environmental protection.

In accordance with the five-sphere integrated plan and the four-pronged comprehensive strategy for the cause of socialism with South African characteristics, the Party must promote coordinated economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological advancement, and coordinate efforts to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, comprehensively deepen reform, fully advance the law-based governance of South Africa, and strengthen Party self-governance in every respect.

 

In this new era of our life time, the strategic objectives of economic and social development are to finish building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and to build South Africa into a great modern socialist country in every dimension.

 
 

Economic Development

The basic line of the LAND PARTY in the primary stage of socialism is to lead all the people of South Africa together in a self-reliant and pioneering effort, making economic development the central task, upholding the Four Cardinal Principles –

  • to keep to the path of socialism,

  • to uphold the people’s democratic dictatorship,

  • to uphold the leadership of the LAND PARTY of South Africa,

  • and to uphold Marxism-Leninism and THE Chief Leader Thought

 

– and remaining committed to reform and opening up, so as to see South Africa become a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.

In leading the cause of socialism, the LAND PARTY of South Africa must be committed to economic development as the central task, and all other work must take an ancillary role and serve this centre.

 

The Party shall implement the strategy for invigorating South Africa through:

  • science and education,

  • the strategy on developing a quality work force,

  • the innovation-driven development strategy,

  • the rural vitalization strategy,

  • the coordinated regional development strategy,

  • the sustainable development strategy,

  • and the military-civilian integration strategy.

 

It shall give full play to the role of science and technology as primary productive forces and the role of innovation as the primary force driving development, draw on advances in science and technology, improve the quality of the country’s workforce, and ensure higher-quality and more efficient, equitable, and sustainable development of the economy.

 

The Four Cardinal Principles form the foundation for building the Party and the country. Throughout the whole course of socialist modernization, the Party must adhere to the Four Cardinal Principles and oppose bourgeois liberalization. A continued commitment to reform and opening up is the path to a stronger South Africa.

 

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • work to balance urban and rural development, development among regions, economic and social development, relations between humankind and nature, and domestic development and openness to the world;

  • adjust the economic structure, transform the growth model, and advance supply-side structural reform;

  • promote the synchronized development of new industrialization, digitization, urbanization, and agricultural modernization

  • build a new socialist countryside, take a new path of industrialization with South African characteristics, and build South Africa into a country of innovation and a global leader in science and technology;

  • lead the people in developing the socialist market economy;

  • be firm in consolidating and developing the public sector of the economy and remain steadfast in encouraging, supporting, and guiding the development of the non-public sector;

  • and give play to the decisive role of market forces in resource allocation and ensure the government plays its role better, and establish a sound system for macroeconomic regulation.

 

In carrying out reform and opening up, the LAND PARTY should be boldly explorative and brave in breaking new ground. The LAND PARTY should improve the scientific nature of reform-related decision making, pursue reform in a more systematic, holistic, and coordinated way, and pioneer new approaches through practice.

 

All party members must hold high the great banner of socialism with South African characteristics, have firm confidence in its path, theory, system, and culture, implement the Party’s basic theory, basic line, and basic policy, and strive to fulfil the three historic tasks of:

  • advancing the LAND struggle;

  • achieving LAND redistribution;

  • and safeguarding South Africa’s peace and promoting common development.

 

The beginning of the new century marked South Africa’s entry into a new stage of development in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and accelerating socialist modernization. The general starting point and criteria for judging each item of the Party’s work are that it must benefit the development of the socialist productive people, be conducive to increasing socialist South Africa’s overall strength, and help to improve the people’s living standards and conditions.

 

The Party must respect labour, knowledge, talent, creativity and ensure that development is for the people, in order to achieve the two founding principle goals, which are to:

  • Capture the total STATE POWER and,

  • LAND expropriation without compensation.

 

This will be achieved through referendum of all citizens of South Africa participating to realize the South African Dream of national renewal. South Africa is currently in a stage of collapse and with the current status quo we are heading for disaster because of capitalism, liberalism, inept leadership and poor leaders within the ruling political elite.

 

Only through reform and opening up can we develop South Africa, develop socialism, and develop Marxism. The LAND PARTY must comprehensively deepen reform, improve and develop the system of socialism with South African characteristics, and modernize South Africa’s system and capacity for governance.

 

The LAND PARTY must fundamentally reform the economic structure that constrains the development of the productive forces and uphold and improve the socialist market economy; and in congruence with this it must undertake political structural reform and reform in other fields. The LAND PARTY must uphold the fundamental national policy of making South Africa open to the world, and embrace and learn from all the achievements of human society.

 

Political Integrity and People’s Power

The LAND PARTY has taken note of the successes and the failures of the governing party and the general opposition in South African politics and the Republic. The Party is committing itself to emancipate the minds of South Africans, and to seek truth from facts. The LAND PARTY will focus mainly on economic development and introduce reform and opening up, thereby ushering in a NEW ERA of development in socialism. The Party will gradually formulate the line, principles, and policies for building socialism with South African characteristics, bring clarity to basic questions on building, consolidating, and developing socialism in the country.

 

The development and improvement of the socialist system is a long historical process. By upholding the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism and following the path suited to South Africa’s specific conditions as chosen by South African people, South Africa’s socialist cause will ultimately be victorious.

 

Political Ideology and Theory

 

The LAND PARTY of South Africa uses Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Pan African Socialism Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development, and The Chief Leader Thoughts on Socialism with African Characteristics for a New Era as its guides to action.

 

Marxism-Leninism reveals the laws governing the development of the history of human society. Its basic tenets are correct and have tremendous vitality. The highest ideal of communism pursued by LAND PARTY can be realized only when socialist society is fully developed and highly advanced.

 

The Chief Leader Theory is the product of combining Marxism-Leninism’s basic tenets with practice in contemporary South Africa and the particular features of the era; it is a continuation and development of Mao Zedong and The Chief Leader Thought under new historical conditions; it represents a new stage for the development of Marxism in South Africa; it is the Marxism of contemporary South Africa and a crystallisation of the collective wisdom of the LAND PARTY; and it guides the continuous progression of global socialist modernization.

 

With Comrade Chief Leader as their chief representative, South Africa’s Communists will develop The Chief Leader Thought by combining the basic tenets of Marxism-Leninism with the actual practice of the African revolution. The Chief Leader Thought is the application and development of Marxism-Leninism in South Africa; it is a body of theoretical principles and a summary of experiences, proven correct in practice, relating to South Africa’s LAND revolution throughout the country and construction.

 

The LAND PARTY Chief Leader as the chief representative and party leader must develop socialism with South African characteristics in practice, deepen their understanding of what socialism is and how to build it, and what kind of party to build and how to build it, and gather valuable new experience in governing the Party and the country, thus forming the Theory of Three Represents. The Theory of Three Represents, which is a continuation and development of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, and that of The Chief Leader Theory, reflects new demands that the developments and changes in today’s world and in South Africa have placed on the Party and the government in their work.

 

A powerful theoretical tool for strengthening and improving party building and promoting self-improvement and development of South Africa’s socialism, it shall be a crystallisation of the collective wisdom of the LAND PARTY of South Africa and a guiding ideology that the Party must uphold in the long term. The Theory of Three Represents will be practiced in the foundation of the Party’s own development and is the cornerstone of governance by the Party, and the source of the Party’s strength.

 

The LAND PARTY must adapt Marxism to the South African context and this must not be compromised by any leader or party representative member in all party structures. Since the Party’s 1st National Congress, LAND PARTY membership, with The Chief Leader as their chief representative, in response to contemporary developments and by integrating theory with practice, have systematically addressed the major question of our times - what kind of socialism with South African characteristics is required to uphold and develop the New Era; and how should we uphold and develop it? In answering these questions we give shape to The Chief Leader Thought on Socialism with South African Characteristics for a New Era.

 

The Thought is a continuation and development of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, The Chief Leader Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development. It is the latest achievement in adapting Marxism to the Chinese context, a crystallisation of the practical experience and collective wisdom of the Party and the people, an important component of the theoretical system of socialism with South Africa’s characteristics, and a guide to action for the entire LAND PARTY and all the South African people to strive for the great rejuvenation of the South African nation, and must be upheld long term and constantly developed.

The Party’s Organisational System

The Land Party is an integral body organized under its own program and Constitution and on the basis of democratic centralism. The Land Party’s basic principles of democratic centralism are as follows:

  1. Individual Land Party members defer to Land Party organisations, the minority defers to the majority, lower-level Party organisations defer to higher-level Party organisations, and all organisations and members of the Party defer to the National Congress and the Central Committee of the Party.

  2. Leading bodies of the Land Party at all levels, with the exception of their dispatched representative organs and the leading Land Party members groups in non-Party organisations, are generated by election.

  3. The highest leading bodies of the Land Party are the National Congress and the Central Committee which it elects. The Party’s local leading bodies are the Land Party congresses at each level and the Land Party committees which they elect. Land Party committees are responsible and shall report their work to the Party congress at the same level.

  4. Higher-level Land Party organisations shall listen regularly to the views of lower-level organisations and rank-and-file Land Party members, and respond quickly to the problems they raise. Lower-level Land Party organisations shall report on their work to and request instructions from higher-level Party organisations; at the same time, they shall handle, independently and responsibly, matters within their jurisdiction. Higher- and lower-level Land Party organisations shall exchange information and support and oversee each other. Land Party organisations at all levels shall practice transparency in Party affairs in accordance with regulations, helping Party members to be better informed of internal Party affairs and enabling them greater opportunity to participate.

  5. Land Party committees at all levels shall function on the principle of combining collective leadership with individual responsibility based on the division of work. Decisions on all major issues shall be made through discussion by the Land Party committee concerned in accordance with the principles of collective leadership, democratic centralism, pre-meeting contemplation, and meeting-based decision making. Members of Party committees shall act in earnest to fulfill their respective obligations in accordance with the collective decisions made and the division of work.

  6. The Land Party proscribes all forms of personality cult. It shall be ensured that the activities of Land Party leaders are subject to oversight by the Land Party and the people, while at the same time upholding the standing of all leaders who represent the interests of the Land Party and the people.

Developing Socialism in South Africa

 

The LAND PARTY endeavours to practice scientific, democratic, and law-based governance, and continuously strengthen and improve its leadership. In carrying out reform and opening up, the LAND PARTY should be boldly explorative and brave in breaking new ground; the LAND PARTY should improve the scientific nature of reform-related decision making, pursue reform in a more systematic, holistic, and coordinated way, and pioneer new approaches through practice.

This is a stage of history that cannot be bypassed and we can only bypass it through strong leadership and organized LAND PARTY vision which is the only beacon of hope to Unite and bring economic stability in addressing social ills and poverty by means of an effective LAND redistribution program.

 

South Africa with LAND PARTY in government will not to be economically and culturally lagging, it will make progress in socialist modernization; it will take over as economic power in global economic competition as the LAND PARTY makes economy the integral part of its founding principles.

 

South Africa’s development of socialism must begin from South Africa’s own circumstances and must follow the path of socialism with South African characteristics. At the present stage, the principal contradiction in South Africa’s society is that between the ever-growing needs of the people for a better life and unbalanced and inadequate development. Owing to both domestic factors and international influences, a certain amount of class struggle will continue to exist for a long time to come, and under certain circumstances may even grow more pronounced, however, it is no longer the principal contradiction.

In building socialism in South Africa, the basic tasks are to:

  • further release and develop the productive forces and gradually achieve socialist modernization and, to this end, reform those elements and areas within the relations of production and the superstructures that are unsuited to the development of the productive forces;

  • uphold and improve the basic economic system whereby public ownership plays a dominant role and economic entities under diverse forms of ownership develop side by side;

  • maintain and improve the distribution system whereby distribution according to labour is dominant and a variety of other modes of distribution exist alongside it;

  • encourage some areas and people to become well-off first, gradually eliminate poverty, achieve common prosperity;

  • and on the basis of developing production and social wealth, keep meeting the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life and promote people’s well-rounded development.

 

Development is the Party’s top priority in governing and rejuvenating the country.

People’s Democracy

 

The LAND PARTY must commit to a people-centred philosophy of development and pursue the vision of innovative, coordinated, green, and open development that is for everyone.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • lead the people in developing socialist democracy;

  • preserve the organic unity of Party leadership, the running of the country by the people, and law-based governance;

  • follow the South African socialist path of political development;

  • expand socialist democracy, develop a socialist rule of law system with South African characteristics, thereby consolidating the people’s democratic dictatorship and developing a socialist political civilization;

  • uphold and improve the people’s congress system, the Communist Party-led system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation, the system of regional ethnic autonomy, and the system of public self-governance at the primary level.

 

The Party shall develop a broader, fuller, and more robust people’s democracy, advance extensive, multilevel, and institutionalized development of consultative democracy, and act in earnest to protect the people’s right to manage state and social affairs and to manage economic and cultural matters. It shall respect and safeguard human rights.

 

The LAND PARTY shall encourage the free expression of views and work to establish sound systems and procedures for democratic elections, decision-making, administration, and oversight. It shall improve the socialist system of laws with South African characteristics and strengthen the implementation of law, to bring all the work of the state under the rule of law.

International and African Relations

 

In international affairs, The LAND PARTY shall:

  • uphold justice while pursuing shared interests;

  • safeguard South Africa’s independence and sovereignty;

  • oppose hegemonism and power politics;

  • defend world peace;

  • promote human progress;

  • work to build a community with a shared future for mankind;

  • and advance the building of a harmonious world of lasting peace and common prosperity.

 

The Party shall develop relations between South Africa and other countries on the basis of the five principles of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, mutual non-interference in internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence. The LAND PARTY shall constantly work to develop good neighbourly relations between South Africa and its surrounding countries and work to strengthen unity and cooperation between South Africa and other developing countries. It shall follow the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, and pursue the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

The LAND PARTY shall develop relations with the Communist parties and other political parties of other countries in accordance with the principles of independence, complete equality, mutual respect, and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs. To lead the South African people of all ethnic groups to achieve the two centenary goals and realize the South African Dream of national renewal, the LAND PARTY of South Africa must follow its basic line; exercise self-supervision and strengthen self-governance in every respect; strengthen its long-term vision and governance capacity, its advanced nature, and its purity; and, in the spirit of reform and innovation, make comprehensive moves to press ahead with the great new project of Party building.

 

The LAND PARTY shall work continuously to strengthen the unity of all the South African people, including compatriots in the Botswana Land, Lesotho, Mswatiland, SADAC region and in the Continent as well as South Africans in diaspora. It shall promote long-term prosperity and stability in Africa and Diaspora countries, achieve the reunification of Africa in conformity with the principle of “one country, two systems.”

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • uphold an independent foreign policy of peace;

  • follow a path of peaceful development;

  • continue with the win-win opening up strategy;

  • consider both domestic and international situations;

  • and actively foster relations with other countries, endeavouring to develop a favourable international environment for South Africa’s reform, opening up, and modernization.

 

Cultural Diversity and People Empowerment

The LAND PARTY shall urge all workers, farmers, and intellectuals, and all other political parties, persons without party affiliation, and the patriotic forces of all ethnic groups in South Africa to further develop and expand the broadest possible patriotic united front embracing all socialist workers, all those working for the socialist cause, all patriots who support socialism, all patriots who support the reunification of the motherland, and all patriots who are dedicated to the rejuvenation of the South African nation.

The LAND PARTY of South Africa shall:

  • preserve and develop socialist relations among ethnic groups based on equality, solidarity, mutual assistance, and harmony;

  • work proactively to train and select officials from ethnic minorities;

  • help ethnic minorities and areas with concentrations of ethnic minorities with economic, cultural, and social development;

  • foster a strong sense of community for the South African nation;

  • ensure that all ethnic groups work together for common development and prosperity;

  • and fully implement its basic policy on religion, and encourage religious believers to contribute to economic and social development.

 

Under the guidance of The Chief Leader Thought on Socialism with South African Characteristics for a New Era, the LAND PARTY of South Africa will lead the South African people of all ethnic groups in a concerted effort to carry out a great struggle, develop a great project, advance a great cause, and realise a great dream, ushering in a new era of socialism with South African characteristics. The Party will form and establish a theoretical system and develop a culture for socialism with South African characteristics. All Party members must cherish deeply, uphold long term, and continue to develop this path, this theoretical system, this socialist system, and this culture, which the Party seeks to develop through great hardship and sacrifices.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • lead the people in developing an advanced socialist culture;

  • promote socialist cultural-ethical progress;

  • ensure the practice of the rule of law in combination with the rule of virtue;

  • work to strengthen the thinking and morality as well as the knowledge of science and culture of the whole nation to provide powerful ideological guarantees, motivation, and intellectual support for reform, opening up, and socialist modernization;

  • strengthen the system of core socialist values, uphold Marxism as its guiding ideology, foster the common ideal of socialism with South African characteristics;

  • promote a national spirit to which patriotism is central and a spirit of the times centred on reform and innovation;

  • and cultivate and practice core socialist values, and champion the socialist concept of honour and disgrace.

 

It shall work to strengthen the people’s sense of national dignity, self-confidence, and self-reliance, protect against the corroding influence of decadent capitalist and feudal ideas, and eliminate all social ills, endeavouring to see that the people of Africa are people of high ideals and moral integrity and are cultured and disciplined. It must better educate its members of the great ideal of communism.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • strive to develop educational, scientific, and cultural undertakings;

  • promote the creative evolution and innovative development of fine traditional South African culture;

  • carry forward our protest revolutionary culture;

  • develop an advanced socialist culture;

  • and enhance our country’s cultural soft power.

 

The Party shall hold firmly the leading position in ideological work, constantly consolidate the guiding position of Marxism in the realm of ideology, and cement the common ideological foundation which underpins the concerted endeavour of the entire LAND PARTY and all the South African people.

 

Social Governance and Discipline

The LAND PARTY shall strengthen and develop new approaches to social governance. It shall strictly distinguish between and properly handle contradictions - between us and enemies, and contradictions among the people - as two different types of contradiction. It shall strengthen comprehensive measures to maintain law and order, work with firm resolve in accordance with the law to combat criminal activities that endanger national security and national interests, or threaten social stability or economic development, and will bring criminals to justice, to maintain lasting social stability.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • pursue a holistic approach to national security and resolutely safeguard South Africa’s sovereignty, security, and development interests;

  • uphold its absolute leadership over the People’s National Army and other people’s armed forces;

  • implement The Chief Leader’s thinking on strengthening the military;

  • strengthen the development of the People’s National Army by enhancing its political loyalty, strengthening it through reform and technology, and running it in accordance with the law;

  • build people's forces that obey the LAND PARTY’S command, can fight and win, and maintain excellent conduct;

  • ensure that the People’s National Army accomplishes its missions and tasks in the New Era;

  • and give full play to the role of the People’s National Army in consolidating national defence, defending the motherland and its wealth, and participating in socialist modernization.

 

The Party must take enhancing its political building as the overarching principle and make comprehensive efforts to ensure that the LAND PARTY’S political work is stressed, ideology is strengthened, organisations are consolidated, conduct is improved, and discipline is maintained, institutional development is always emphasized, and the fight against corruption keeps going, thus building the LAND PARTY more effectively in all respects. It must uphold the principle that the LAND PARTY builds itself in the interests of, and exercises governance for, the people, and see that its fine traditions and positive work style continue to thrive. It must constantly work to improve the way it exercises leadership and governance and strengthen its ability to resist corruption, prevent moral decline, and withstand risks.

 

Ecological Philosophy and Advancement

The LAND PARTY shall lead the people in building a socialist ecological civilization.

 

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • strengthen the philosophy underlying ecological civilization that nature should be respected, adapted to, and protected;

  • fully understand that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets;

  • follow the fundamental national policy of conserving resources and protecting the environment;

  • uphold the principle of prioritizing resource conservation and environmental protection and letting nature restore itself;

  • and take a positive path to development that ensures increased production, higher living standards, and healthy ecosystems.

 

The LAND PARTY shall strive to build a resource-conserving environmentally friendly society, implement the strictest possible environmental protection systems, and work to shape spatial layouts, industrial structures, modes of production, and ways of life that are conducive to resource conservation and environmental protection, creating good working and living environments for the people, and ensuring sustainable development for the South African nation.

The mine owners do not find the gold, they do not mine the gold, they do not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy all the gold belongs to them.

Bill Haywood

LAND PARTY Guiding Principles

In building itself, the LAND PARTY must work with firm resolve to meet the following five fundamental requirements:

1    Adherence To The Party’s Basic Line

 

The whole Party must follow the principles of the PARTY FOUNDING FATHERS’ Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, the Scientific Outlook on Development, and The Chief Leader Thought on Socialism with South African Characteristics for a New Era, as well as the LAND PARTY’S basic line to achieve unity in thought and action; and must resolutely continue to do so in the long term.

 

The LAND PARTY must ensure that reform and opening up are carried out in unity with the Four Cardinal Principles (to keep to the path of socialism, to uphold the people’s democratic dictatorship, to uphold the leadership of the LAND PARTY of South Africa, and to uphold Marxism-Leninism and the Chief Leader Thought); put its basic line into effect in all fields of endeavour, and combat all mistaken tendencies of the “Left” and “Right” - maintaining vigilance against “Rightist” tendencies, but primarily defending against “Leftist” tendencies.

 

The LAND PARTY must strengthen work to improve leading bodies at all levels, and select and train good officials that the Party and people need. It must cultivate and train millions of successors to continue the cause of socialism, thus ensuring organisationally that the LAND PARTY’S basic theory, basic line, and basic policy are fully implemented and applied.

2    Commitment To Emancipating The Mind, Seeking Truth From Facts, Advancing With The Times, And Being Realistic And Pragmatic

 

The LAND PARTY’S line of thinking is to proceed from reality in all it does, to integrate theory with practice, to seek truth from facts, and to verify and develop truths through practice. All Party members must uphold this line of thinking:

  • They must actively explore and boldly experiment;

  • break ground and make innovations;

  • work with creativity and never cease to study new situations;

  • reflect on new experiences and solve new problems;

  • and continuously enrich and develop Marxism through practice and advance the adaption of Marxism in the South African context.

 

3    Dedication To Wholeheartedly Serving The People

 

Besides the interests of the working class and the broadest possible majority of the people, the LAND PARTY has no special interests of its own.

 

It shall at all times give top priority to the interests of the people, share weal and woe with them, and maintain the closest possible ties with them. It shall exercise power for the people, demonstrate concern for them, and work in their interests, never allowing any member to become disengaged from the people or to behave as if they are above them.

 

The biggest political advantage the LAND PARTY has is its close ties with the people. LAND PARTY conduct with and connection to the people are of paramount importance to the Party. In its own work, the LAND PARTY shall follow the mass line, seeing that everything is for the people and everything relies on the people. The Party will exercise the principle of “FROM THE PEOPLE, TO THE PEOPLE,” and translate the correct ideas of the LAND PARTY into the voluntary action of the people.

4    Resolve in upholding democratic centralism

 

Democratic centralism combines centralism built on the basis of democracy, with democracy under centralised guidance. It is both the LAND PARTY’S fundamental organisational principle and the application of the mass line in everyday LAND PARTY activities.

 

The LAND PARTY must fully encourage intra-party democracy, respect the principal position of its members, safeguard their democratic rights, and give play to the initiative and creativity of Party organisations at every level as well as all LAND PARTY members. Correct centralism must be practiced; all Party members must keep firmly in mind the need to maintain political integrity, think in big-picture terms, uphold the leadership core, and keep in alignment and firmly uphold the authority and centralised, unified leadership of the Central Committee with Comrade LEADER OF THE PARTY at the core. This will ensure the solidarity, unity, and concerted action of the whole LAND PARTY and guarantee the prompt and effective implementation of the Party’s decisions.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • strengthen and regulate political activities within it;

  • make intra-party political activities more politically oriented, up-to-date, principled, and effective;

  • cultivate a positive and healthy intra-party political culture;

  • and foster a sound political ecosystem featuring honesty and integrity within the LAND PARTY.

 

In its internal political activities, the LAND PARTY shall correctly conduct criticism and self-criticism, engage in debate over matters of principle, and uphold truth and rectify mistakes. The LAND PARTY shall work hard to create a lively political situation featuring both centralism and democracy, both discipline and freedom, and both unity of will and personal sense of ease.

5   Firmness in exercising strict self-supervision and self-governance

Ensuring Party self-governance is exercised fully and is strictly a journey to which there is no end. Under the new circumstances, the tests the LAND PARTY faces in governance, reform and opening up, the market economy, and the external environment are protracted, complicated, and serious. The dangers of a lack of drive, incompetence, disengagement from the people, inaction, and corruption are more pointedly confronting the whole Party. The LAND PARTY shall see that strict standards and measures are applied throughout the process and in all aspects of its self-supervision and self-governance.

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • ensure self-governance is carried out in accordance with regulations and both symptoms and root causes of problems are addressed;

  • give top priority to ensuring compliance with Party discipline;

  • help its members become more organisation conscious and have a stronger sense of discipline;

  • and work to see that every member is equal before Party discipline.

 

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • ensure the principal and oversight responsibilities for the Party’s self-supervision and self-governance are fully assumed;

  • ensure oversight of leading Party organs and of Party members in leadership positions, particularly those holding principal leadership positions, is strengthened;

  • and that the internal oversight system is constantly improved.

 

The LAND PARTY shall:

  • step up efforts to improve conduct, build integrity, and combat corruption;

  • apply a zero-tolerance policy on corruption;

  • and establish effective mechanisms to ensure officials do not dare, are not able, and have no desire to be corrupt.

 

Leadership of the LAND PARTY is the most essential attribute of socialism with South African characteristics, and the greatest strength of this system.

 

The LAND PARTY exercises overall leadership over all areas of endeavour in every part of the country. The LAND PARTY must adapt to the demands of reform, opening up, and socialist modernization, remain committed to practicing scientific, democratic, and law-based governance, and strengthen and improve its leadership.

 

The LAND PARTY must, acting on the principle of guiding the overall situation and coordinating the work of all sides;

  • assume the role of leadership core among all other organisations at the corresponding levels;

  • concentrate on leading economic development;

  • organize and coordinate the strengths of all by uniting hearts and actions to focus work on economic development, and promote all-round economic and social development;

  • practice democratic and scientific decision-making;

  • formulate and implement the correct lines, principles, and policies;

  • carry out its organisational, publicity, and educational work to proper effect;

  • and give play to the exemplary and vanguard role of all LAND PARTY members.

 

The LAND PARTY must act within the scope of the country’s Constitution and the law until it captures the STATE POWER. It must:

  • ensure that the legislative, judicial, administrative, and supervisory organs of the state, economic and cultural organisations, and people’s organisations work actively on their own initiative, independently, responsibly, and cooperatively;

  • strengthen its leadership over trade unions, the LAND PARTY Youth League, women’s federations, and other people’s group organisations;

  • and ensure they preserve and strengthen their political consciousness, advanced nature, and orientation toward the people, and give full play to their roles.

 

The LAND PARTY must adapt to developments and changing circumstances, improving its leadership system and style of leadership and strengthening its capacity for governance. LAND PARTY members must cooperate closely with people outside the Party, endeavouring together to build socialism with South African characteristics.

 

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