To Verwoed and other designers of apartheid those who
disagreed with their policies were forced to agree. Those who persisted
to oppose had to be crushed.
At the top of the list was the Communist Part of South
Africa (CPSA). The Smuts Apartheid Government closely monitored the
CPSA's union activities and the police frequently raided its offices and
those of its newspaper, the 'Guardian'. a committee was set up to
investigate communism in the Union. In 1949 Justice minister Charles
Swart informed Parliment that it uncovered evidence that the CPSA had
infiltrated trade unions and universities and that the CPSA posed a
The United Party suggested that the best safeguard
against communism was political freedom, to create an atmosphere in
which the doctrine of communism cannot flourish. The Nationalist
government was unimpressed. At the end of the parliamentary session
Swart banned Sam Khan from addressing meetings for one year.
It was on 6/24/1950 after several amendments to the
old law that the new Bill Suppression of Communism was passed. It
outlawed the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) and any organization
it deemed fit. This included seizing and and liquidation of assets.
Banning all meeetings by the organization. Barring listed persons from
attending gatherings or from being members of certain specified public
bodies, offices or organizations.
The main feature of the Suppression of Communism Act
was its broad definition: Marxist Socialism as set forth by Lenin,
Trotsky, the Comintern or the Communist Bureau, or any form of
promotion. Including any scheme as listed below...
The establishment of a despotic government based on
the dictatorship of the proletariat, in which only one polical party was
about any political, industrial, social or economic change in South
Africa through the promotion of disorder, or through actions that could
be deemed by the authorities as having the possible consequences of