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ANC PROVINCIAL CHAIRPERSON, SUPRA MAHUMAPELO, VISIT J.B MARKS FAMILY IN VENTERSDORP
12/03/2014
Ishmael Mnisi

The African National Congress Provincial Chairperson, cde Supra Mahumapelo, led a delegation of ANC PEC members and volunteers to the family of cde JB Marks in Ventersdorp, as part of Setsokotsane - a door-to-door campaign programme of the ANC in North West. The visit took place today, 12 March 2014.

Cde Marks was a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC and the Chairman of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and an outstanding internationalist. He played an indispensable role in helping to guide the whole liberation movement through one of its most difficult periods.

Paying respect to the contribution cde J.B Marks made in the liberation and the democracy that we today enjoy, cde Supra Mahumapelo said "Uncle J.B" as he was affectionately known, was truly a hero of our struggle. His long history of courageous leadership of the cause of liberation, his dauntless championing of the aspirations of the working people, deservedly made his name a household word among the oppressed and exploited people throughout the length and breadth of the land, inspiring confidence among the masses and striking awe into the hearts of the enemy - the ruling class and the white racialists. His conviction that our cause would triumph never for one moment flagged.

Addressing the ANC volunteers, gathered at the house, Cde Supra Mahumapelo, narrated how Uncle J.B joined the revolution. "After listening to the late S. P. Bunting addressing a meeting of workers at the mine where he was employed, Uncle Marks joined the Communist Party in 1928 and devoted himself thenceforward to the fight for national and social emancipation, undeterred by the fierce hostility of the white racialists towards the revolutionaries of our country" Mahumapelo reminisced.

He further espoused that J.B narrowly escaped death in 1929 when a fascist opened fire on the platform he was speaking from. The incident served only to steel his determination. Uncle Marks was elected to the Central Committee of the Communist Party in 1932.

When the Smuts apartheid regime banned the Communist Party in 1950 and the ANC in 1960, J. B. Marks, like many of his comrades, was subjected to numerous and repeated bans and restrictions on his activities and movements. He continued undeterred with underground activity, both in the ANC and in the South African Communist Party of which he was elected Chairman at its fifth illegal conference in 1962.

He was then instructed by the ANC NEC to join the headquarters of the External Mission in Tanzania in organising the revolutionary resistance. He stood at the heart of the ANC until he suffered a stroke.

Thanking this family, cde Supra Mahumapelo said the ANC and the entire liberation movement shall ever be inspired by cde Marks example as a man, a comrade and a great political figure.

"Rest assured that we and the millions of our people shall not relent nor waver, but shall continue to work unceasingly, as he did, for the complete victory of the noble cause of destroying once and for all the hideous system of white supremacy and of creating a South Africa free from all forms of exploitation," Mahumapelo vouched.

He further said the ANC pledge to carry on to the complete victory of the revolution - for the final triumph of the noble cause for which Uncle Marks lived, struggled and died, in his own words: "The triumph of peace, national freedom, democracy and socialism, all over the world!,"

Issued by:
Ishmael Mnisi Spokesperson 0794194198

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