Vets not joining the party
FRACTURES within the tripartite alliance continued ahead of the start of the SACP national congress yesterday.
The Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) announced that it would snub the SACP general congress.
MKMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe, pictured, a staunch ally of ANC president Jacob Zuma, said this was due to the SACP’s tough stance against Zuma.
“The current unfortunate path that the SACP has taken to disregard the wellestablished tradition that alliance partners do not prescribe to each other about internal organisational matters, by trying to prescribe to the ANC about who should be its president, is not conducive to our attendance,” Maphatsoe said.
Isaac Luthuli, the deputy general secretary of the Young Communist League, slammed the MKMVA, saying the association had been reduced to being a mouthpiece for a faction within the ANC.
“What Maphatsoe forgets is that MK was a formation of both the SACP and the ANC, which is why its first two commanders were Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo.
“Instead of focusing on the welfare of former combatants, many of whom are poverty-stricken, the MKMVA is now reduced to being a mouthpiece of the faction protecting the Guptas.”