SACP urges ANC to fight cap­ture of the state

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BALD­WIN NDABA

THE SACP has called on the ANC to dis­cour­age fac­tions and to com­mit it­self to the fight against state cap­ture.

Yes­ter­day, the tri­par­tite al­liance part­ner stopped short of say­ing it would con­test the elec­tions on its own if the ANC did not get its house in or­der.

But the SACP has given it­self un­til De­cem­ber, af­ter the ANC na­tional elec­tive conference, to de­ter­mine whether the ANC is still fit to be the mother of its al­liance part­ners – or whether to seek an al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ment.

SACP gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande said his party was not sure whether the “ANC wants to unite it­self or smash it­self ”.

“We do not want the ANC to elect a fac­tion at its na­tional elec­tive conference. If we did it in the past, we are no longer pre­pared to do it,” Nz­i­mande said.

He main­tained that the next six months would be an im­por­tant barom­e­ter for his party to care­fully as­sess the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try as well as the ANC’s ef­forts to put a stop to state cap­ture.

Al­though the party de­clined to re­veal the iden­ti­ties of those it re­gards as fac­tion­al­ists, it was pleased that the ANC had agreed to its de­mand to have the ANC’s deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa ad­dress the SACP’s 14th na­tional congress at the Birch­wood Conference Cen­tre in Boks­burg to­mor­row.

The SACP’s se­cond deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary, Solly Ma­paila, said the de­ci­sion to have Ramaphosa ad­dress the congress was “for ob­vi­ous rea­sons”.

“You know that we’ve asked the ANC pres­i­dent (Ja­cob Zuma) to step down. We did not want a re­peat of the May Day fi­asco that oc­curred at the Cosatu cel­e­bra­tions in Bloem­fontein.

“We felt it was ap­pro­pri­ate that we wrote to the ANC to in­form them that we needed any del­e­gate other than the pres­i­dent,” Ma­paila said.

They had writ­ten that let­ter to the ANC to en­sure it wasn’t Zuma who was sent to ad­dress their del­e­gates.

Sup­port­ing the ex­clu­sion of Zuma, the out­go­ing SACP first deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary, Jeremy Cronin, ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the ANC’s de­ci­sion to post­pone its tra­di­tional po­lit­i­cal coun­cil meetings with its al­liance part­ners.

Cronin de­scribed the post­pone­ments as re­gret­table but said his party was still com­mit­ted to the al­liance.

“We value the al­liance. We are com­mit­ted to the na­tional demo­cratic revo­lu­tion, and that re­quires a na­tional demo­cratic front,” Cronin said.

He was re­act­ing to ques­tions about whether the ANC would be con­test­ing the 2019 elec­tions on its own.

De­spite its com­mit­ment to the al­liance, the SACP lead­ers cre­ated the im­pres­sion at their me­dia brief­ing that they would not sup­port any can­di­date backed by Zuma.

“We are not push­ing the ANC off the cliff… There are peo­ple who are driv­ing it over the cliff,” Cronin said.

Ac­cord­ing to the SACP, the lit­mus test for their sup­port of the ANC would be a new lead­er­ship that was com­mit­ted to the fight against state cap­ture. It said the ANC top six un­der Zuma was “in paral­y­sis”.

“We want a lead­er­ship ca­pa­ble of re­new­ing and re­viv­ing the ANC and to deal with state cap­ture,” Cronin said.

The SACP has also com­mit­ted it­self to talk to var­i­ous ANC se­nior mem­bers, such as the 101 veter­ans, who were shunned by Zuma, as well as Save South Africa, faith-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and other par­ties not aligned to the ANC, with the view to strength­en­ing the Left and so­cial­ist forces in the coun­try.


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