Very few political parties exist meaningfully until they reach their centenary celebration. Closer to home, the ANC is such one party. But, internationally, the Communist Party of China (CPC) is a shining example of a people-centred political party whose relevance is continually enhanced by the mass endorsement of the people, particularly ordinary citizens.

The CPC was founded one hundred years ago and was behind the establishment of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. The day was a historic marker of the end of the Chinese Civil War which toppled the Kuomintang Nationalist Government and chased the abominable regime out of mainland China to Taiwan.

Speaking at the virtual centenary celebrations of the CPC this week, former SA President Kgalema Motlanthe was full of praise for China’s development under the tutelage of the CPC.

Motlanthe said: “One hundred years ago the Chinese Communist Party started off…

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