Lit­mus test for SACP and Cosatu

The New Age (Gauteng) - - COMMENT -

THE an­nounce­ment by the SACP and Cosatu that both or­gan­i­sa­tions are forg­ing ahead with plans to con­test the 2019 elec­tions in the form of a new al­liance clearly spells the death knell for the decades old tri­par­tite al­liance.

Frus­trated by the treat­ment they have re­ceived over the years from the ANC, both the SACP and Cosatu are em­bark­ing on a tra­jec­tory that will surely re­de­fine the na­ture of their re­la­tion­ship with the rul­ing party. Given the ruc­tions in the ANC and the al­liance, the de­ci­sion to go it alone in 2019 is no sur­prise.

Now that the SACP in part­ner­ship with Cosatu are em­bark­ing into un­charted wa­ters, it re­mains to be seen whether this is in­deed a cor­rect de­ci­sion or not. There are many who have ar­gued that the ANC’s poli­cies and pro­gramme have been di­luted as a con­se­quence of its re­la­tion­ship with its al­liance part­ners. This break­away is no doubt a lit­mus test on whether there is any merit in this ar­gu­ment. Time will tell whether the de­ci­sion by the SACP and Cosatu to go it alone is cor­rect one or not.

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