‘Phones of SACP lead­ers tapped’

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS -

THE SOUTH African Com­mu­nist Party will fight the use of state re­sources to purge its mem­bers and lead­ers from gov­ern­ment, SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande has said.

De­liv­er­ing the Joe Slovo memo­rial lec­ture in Pietermaritzburg on Satur­day, Nz­i­mande said the SACP was un­der threat from many quar­ters.

As examples of the al­leged purge he cited the re­cent killings of SACP mem­bers in In­changa near Dur­ban, and the re­moval of James Nx­u­malo as eThek­wini mayor and Chris Ndlela as Msun­duzi mayor last year.

“Why were Chris and James re­moved from their po­si­tions when they were do­ing such good work? We have never been fur­nished with ex­pla­na­tions on such de­ci­sions,” Nz­i­mande said.

He sug­gested that the main rea­son for their ax­ing was that they be­longed to the SACP and were se­nior mem­bers of the party in KwaZulu-Natal.

The al­liance be­tween the ANC, the SACP, Cosatu and the SA Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Sanco) needed to be re­formed if it were to meet cur­rent prob­lems and avoid the risk of col­laps­ing, Nz­i­mande said.

De­ploy­ment of mem­bers to public of­fice should not be con­cen­trated in the ANC or a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual, he added.

“When we are cam­paign­ing dur­ing the elec­tions, we come out in num­bers con­duct­ing door-to-door cam­paigns in a bid to en­sure an ANC vic­tory.

“It can­not be that when such a goal has been achieved, we have a chair­per­son who has all these pow­ers to de­ter­mine who be­comes a coun­cil­lor or goes to Par­lia­ment,” Nz­i­mande said.

He added that the SACP was aware that the phones of some of its lead­ers were be­ing tapped, and he ques­tioned the mo­tive for this.

“We need to say it clear that we know that our phones are tapped by some in the in­tel­li­gence ser­vices and we want to know why this is so.”

The SACP would take ac­tion against this, he warned, but did not say how. – ANA

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