6th April 2020
The All African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) gives revolutionary greetings to the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) as this month celebrates the 61st year of your party’s struggle for Pan-Africanism.
It is significant that the founding of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) in 06th April 1959 at Orlando community hall in Soweto was less than six months after the historic All African People’s Conference (AAPC) held in Accra Ghana – December 1958. It is no accident that the PAC star shines from Accra, Ghana where the AAPC was held under Kwame Nkrumah and no accident that the PAC made their mission clear, beyond only the liberation Azania/South Africa and toward a United Socialist Africa. Less than a year old, on 21st March 1960 the PAC embarked on a massive national initiative, known as the Anti-Pass Campaign. While it sadly resulted in many deaths in Sharpeville and Langa at the hands of the illegal Settler-Colonial apartheid regime, it at the same time signaled a revolutionary action and leap in the process toward liberation.
The revolutionary nature of the PAC is reflected in their constitution where it calls for an ‘Africanist socialist democracy’ and ‘the propagation of the concept and ideology of Pan-Africanism by promoting unity among the peoples of Africa and African descent through the projection of the African personality’.
The A-APRP realizes that the projection of the African personality is an important aspect of any revolutionary African ideology. Since our founding in 1968, the A-APRP has known the PAC as our sister organization. We are forever thankful for the role the PAC has played in calling for the return of land to African people. Your founding president, Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, constantly reminded all who would listen, without land reclamation for Africans and other indigenous people, national liberation and socialism was not possible. Because of the ideological contributions of Sobukwe and the PAC, to remain relevant, any revolutionary socialist party must discuss land reclamation and the rights of indigenous people.
The struggle for land reclamation and against settler and neo-colonialism is the struggle of our generation. We the A-APRP join the forces of the PAC and all Pan-African, revolutionary and progressive organizations in the call for standing against imperialist sanctions in Zimbabwe, Palestine, Cuba, Venezuela and all settler-colonies. Finally, the A-APRP stands shoulder to shoulder with the PAC in enshrining the revolutionary ideas and practices of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe among all present and future African revolutionaries.
Izwe Lethu! iAfrica !