Stop fac­tions in rul­ing party, urges SACP

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - TSHEGO LEPULE

THE SACP has re­it­er­ated its call for a clear pol­icy on the suc­ces­sion de­bate to elim­i­nate fac­tions within the ANC.

Ben­son Nqentsu, a SACP district sec­re­tary, was ad­dress­ing the rul­ing party’s 105 birth­day cel­e­bra­tion in the Dul­lah Omar re­gion in Kraai­fontein, Cape Town, at the week­end.

Speak­ing to cheers from the crowd, Nqentsu said that fol­low­ing the party’s dis­mal per­for­mance in the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions last year, it was time the ANC and its al­liance part­ners did some in­tro­spec­tion.

He said of mem­bers’ cam­paigns like the CR17 (Cyril Ramaphosa 2017), NDZ (Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma) and BM (Baleka Mbete) that they were the very def­i­ni­tion of fac­tions, which were the main cause of prob­lems for the ANC.

So­cial me­dia was abuzz last week fol­low­ing the ap­pear­ance of sev­eral posters and items of cloth­ing with the words BM17 on them as a means to cam­paign for the up­com­ing na­tional con­fer­ence.

Nqentsu added that the prac­tice of la­belling party mem­bers as “hav­ing be­ing bought” when­ever one raised con­struc­tive crit­i­cism was also killing morale.

“As the SACP, we want to say we need to choose whether to unite the move­ment or move to­wards the same de­struc­tive path we are on,” he said.

“But when­ever you crit­i­cise the ANC, there are those quick to ac­cuse you of be­ing a pup­pet to the white monopoly cap­i­tal­ists.

“When we crit­i­cise the ANC, they tell us that we have been bought, while they are the ones din­ing with big busi­ness.

“For the ANC to unite it­self, it must dis­solve fac­tions.

“The ‘pre­mier league’ is a phe­nom­e­non that ex­ists within the move­ment and it must be done away with. The CR17, MB17, the NDZ – these are fac­tions and they must be dis­solved.

“The ANC must de­velop a clear pol­icy to at­tend to is­sues of suc­ces­sion or else we will go to the na­tional con­fer­ence bick­er­ing about names in­stead of what is re­ally im­por­tant.

“We will go to the con­fer­ence to re­move one sad­dle only to put on an­other, but the horse is still the same.”

Nqentsu also called for the im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion into state-owned com­pa­nies to stamp out cor­rup­tion. “We are call­ing for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Eskom, which has been cap­tured by the Gupta fam­ily.

“Denel and SAA must also be in­ves­ti­gated. An­other agency that needs in­ves­ti­ga­tion is Sassa; our peo­ple get money de­ducted for things like air­time and elec­tric­ity when they have never bought such things,” Nqentsu said.

“We need to take corrective steps to ad­dress real is­sues in­stead of fo­cus­ing of in­di­vid­u­als and po­si­tions,” he warned.

‘Pre­mier league and oth­ers are caus­ing di­vi­sion’

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