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n Historia - The uneasy electoral relationship between socialists and the South African Labour Party, 1910-1924

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Abstract

Ná die ontstaan van die Suid-Afrikaanse Arbeidersparty (SAAP) in 1909 sou konserwatiewe, reformistiesgesinde regse elemente en militante linksgesinde faksies binne die party ongemaklike kompromieë aangaan oor kwessies soos die kleurbeleid en die sosialistiese doelwit. Party- en ideologiese skeurings tussen pro- en anti-oorloggesinde faksies binne die SAAP het uiteindelik in 1915 plaasgevind oor die kwessie van Arbeid se deelname aan die Eerste Wêreldoorlog. Gevolglik het die anti-oorloggesinde, linkse, militante sosialistiese faksie van die SAAP weggebreek om die International Socialist League te stig - 'n proses wat uiteindelik sou kulmineer in die stigting van die Suid-Afrikaanse Kommunistiese Party in 1921. Vanaf 1915 het hierdie twee faksies van die blanke arbeiderbeweging mekaar al hoe meer lynreg en ideologies geopponeer aangesien alle pogings tot versoening misluk het - veral ná 1924 toe die SAAP in 'n proteksionistiese en rassistiese blanke arbeidsbeleid vervleg geraak het. Daarteenoor sou die KPSA hom ten doel stel om swart arbeid polities en ekonomies te organiseer. End

Since the inception of the SALP in 1909, conservative, reformist right-wing and militant socialist left-wing elements within the party would compromise uneasily on issues such as the colour policy and the socialist objective. Party and ideological schisms eventually took place in 1915 between pro-war and anti-war factions within the SALP on the question of Labour participation in the First World War. As a result the anti-war, left-wing militant socialist faction broke away from the SALP to form the ISL and which would eventually culminate in the formation of the CPSA in 1921. From 1915 onwards these two factions of the white labour movement would more and more diametrically and ideologically oppose one another as all efforts at reconciliation failed. This was especially the case since 1924 when the SALP became absorbed in protective and racial white labour policies, whereas the CPSA would embark on a policy to organise black labour politically and economically. End

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2002-05-01
2016-12-09
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