Litmus test for SACP and Cosatu
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.