18 Jul 2013 13:00
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) ? Twelve former South West African Territorial Force (SWATF) and Koevoet members joined the Communist Party of Namibia (CP) here on Thursday.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Willem Beukes said their decision to take this political stance come after what they termed ?23 years of continued suffering under the Swapo-Party led government?.
?Our unanimous decision came after continued suffering under severe, deliberate and unbearable official socio-economic sanctions, criminal acts of discrimination and inhuman marginalisation measures, brutal and unlawfully imposed upon us by the Swapo government,? he said.
The group called upon the entire former rank and file of SWATF and Koevoet members, their families, relatives and friends countrywide to immediately start campaigning for the 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections in favour of the Communist Party.
?All former SWATF and Koevoet members, their friends and families should know that from now on we officially function and operate under the auspices, discipline, programme and banner of the Communist Party of Namibia,? Beukes stated.
In order to be part of the 2014 national elections, the group said they will soon apply officially for voter registration cards.
According to the group, after being approached and having met with some other opposition parties such as the Republican Party (RP), the DTA of Namibia and the Congress of Democrats (CoD) they, as a group, decided to knock on the door of the Communist Party for its political sympathy, support and solidarity.
?They embraced us as fellow compatriots through their president, Attie Beukes. From the onset the president started to call us his comrades in the struggle for a better organised, equal and fair Namibian society based upon the principles of democratic centralism,? Beukes indicated.
The group further said they were advised by their new political party to ?collectively conduct the struggle against the Swapo-led government in a consistent, systematic, analytical, peaceful, democratic, reasonable and logical course of action?.
?The CP president made us understand unequivocally that we will be operating as an integral part of the Communist Party?s political support and we will have to adhere to the party?s code at all times,? he said.
The group say they have the full support of the Communist Part in their endeavours to institute both criminal action and civil claims against the government for what they say they have gone through over the last 23 years of ?so called? independence and freedom.
Some members of the group have never joined a political party before this, while others were DTA members but left the party shortly after Independence.
On behalf of the Communist Party, the group was welcomed by the party?s president, Attie Beukes in the Wanaheda residential area.