REV­O­LU­TION

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The SA Com­mu­nist Party (SACP) is plan­ning to join the cho­rus call­ing for So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini to step down in the wake of the so­cial grants cri­sis.

The call comes after Cosatu and civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions bayed for her blood this week.

“The ANC must never think that it is the god of the rev­o­lu­tion ... We can­not take col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity while there is one side that keeps do­ing things wrong,” SACP sec­ond deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary Solly Ma­paila said yes­ter­day, as the party pre­pared for a cru­cial bi­lat­eral meet­ing with the ANC to­mor­row.

The meet­ing be­tween the SACP polit­buro and the ANC na­tional work­ing com­mit­tee has been post­poned on at least three oc­ca­sions be­cause ei­ther Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma or SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande has been un­avail­able. Dlamini is a mem­ber of the ANC work­ing com­mit­tee.

Ma­paila told City Press that the SACP had on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions sought to en­cour­age the ANC “to deal de­ci­sively with cor­rup­tion” as this was dent­ing the im­age of the en­tire al­liance.

But “the mis­de­meanours” have con­tin­ued re­lent­lessly, he said, cit­ing as an ex­am­ple the man­ner in which Dlamini’s depart­ment had cre­ated un­cer­tainty over the pay­ment of so­cial grants at the end of the month when the con­tract with Cash Pay­mas­ter Ser­vice ends.

“No, the masses are the gods of the rev­o­lu­tion. There is no way that we could go [to the meet­ing] and be nice to each other, while the move­ment goes down,” he lamented.

He said the party also wanted to ex­pose the “hypocrisy” around the grants mat­ter be­cause CPS’ bank­ing part­ner is Grindrod, owned by Rem­brandt,

“We have to be clear that all of th­ese wrong things must be re­sponded to suf­fi­ciently, and we must come with a pro­gramme to re­solve th­ese things or else we will take rad­i­cal de­ci­sions at our congress to de­ter­mine where our rev­o­lu­tion must go,” he said in ref­er­ence to the up­com­ing July congress where a de­ci­sion on whether the SACP should con­test elec­tions on its own is ex­pected to be taken.

Ma­paila said the SACP was on the point of stand­ing on its own, be­cause party mem­bers were not happy with the way the ANC was run­ning things. “It is a very good pos­ture, and we are dis­cussing that in our struc­tures,” Ma­paila said.

“We think [the fact that] we will stand on our own is al­most a fait ac­com­pli, at least from how I read the sit­u­a­tion. But the congress still has to de­cide.”

He said the dom­i­nant mood in the party was that the SACP must con­test elec­tions [alone]. “We are a po­lit­i­cal party and we should not be a sub­sidiary of an­other party. And some­times some lead­ers of the ANC think we are sub­sidiaries.”

Ma­paila said the SACP was “an in­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal party of the work­ing class. We would not be in al­liance with the ANC if we were not in­de­pen­dent.

“So we have to re­state some of th­ese things all the time for them to un­der­stand. Other­wise, a fac­tion that has cap­tured the ANC thinks that it is the one in al­liance with us,” he said.

He said Zuma’s le­gal in­ter­pre­ta­tion on the so­cial grants is­sue “has been ques­tion­able of late”.

“The is­sue is that the Con­sti­tu­tional Court had in­val­i­dated the con­tract, which comes to an end, and there is [as yet] no mech­a­nism to carry it for­ward, ex­cept a mech­a­nism that de­fies the Con­sti­tu­tional Court”.

So it is like some­one putting a gun to your head, he said, adding that Dlamini had had enough time to find a new ser­vice provider in a le­gal man­ner.

He said: “It is clear that he [the pres­i­dent] would not de­cide against his friends that are cam­paign­ing for him and are do­ing all of th­ese wrong things in his name.

“We find it dif­fi­cult to be led by peo­ple of ab­so­lute deca­dence who are rot­ten to the core and are not will­ing to change their ways,” said Ma­paila. “That com­pletely oblit­er­ates all val­ues of our rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment.”

SOLLY MA­PAILA

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