SACP slams ‘mouthpiece’ Dlamini
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.