SACP slams ‘mouth­piece’ Dlamini

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THE SACP has launched an at­tack on ANC Women’s League pres­i­dent Batha­bile Dlamini, la­belling her com­ments as “in­tox­i­cated ut­ter­ances”.

Dlamini had taken a swipe at the SACP af­ter the party al­legedly dis­ap­proved of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the league’s pre­ferred can­di­date to take over from ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

The New Age quoted Dlamini on Mon­day as say­ing the SACP was fac­tional when it pre­vi­ously de­scribed her can­di­dacy as a move to en­sure Zuma ruled be­yond his term.

“It’s an in­sult. How can they stoop so low to talk about the dy­nasty of Zuma? They are part of fac­tions, they read Lenin and Marx but they don’t im­ple­ment it,” she was quoted as say­ing.

The SACP took to so­cial me­dia in re­sponse. In a post on Twit­ter yes­ter­day, the party said: “SACP hasn’t glo­ri­fied with re­sponse in­tox­i­cated ut­ter­ances by Batha­bile Dlamini at­tack­ing it us­ing @The_New_Age as her fac­tional mouth­piece.”

An up­set party fol­lower said: “Clearly she is strug­gling to un­der­stand; by so do­ing un­der­min­ing ef­forts to so­lid­ify al­liance.”

SACP spokesper­son Alex Mashilo yes­ter­day de­fended their tweet, say­ing Dlamini had made an al­le­ga­tion and also launched an at­tack against their party. “That is what will cause a prob­lem… There is an al­le­ga­tion against the SACP, and the leader of a struc­ture of the ANC is at­tack­ing the SACP,” Mashilo said.

“These are things that will cause prob­lems not in the suc­ces­sion de­bate, but in the broader al­liance.”

Mashilo also said the SACP could have eas­ily drafted a state­ment but did not wish to “glo­rify” Dlamini’s al­le­ga­tions.

He also de­nied the SACP had claimed Dlamini Zuma’s can­di­dacy was to en­sure Zuma ruled be­yond his term.

Mashilo raised con­cern that Dlamini had not con­tacted the SACP be­fore com­ment­ing. “That at­tack was ill-in­formed. That at­tack was not sober. It was fac­tional,” he added. “She knew what she was do­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, the con­tent of the at­tack was not sober.”

At­tempts to get com­ment from ANC Women’s League spokesper­son Toko Xasa and sec­re­tary-gen­eral Meokgo Matuba were un­suc­cess­ful.

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