Vets not join­ing the party

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BHEKI MBANJWA

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.”

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