‘SACP test­ing the wa­ters’

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TRADE and In­dus­try Min­is­ter and SACP cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Rob Davies says he backs the party’s de­ci­sion to con­test elec­tions sep­a­rate from the ANC.

“It was an im­por­tant de­ci­sion – and I was part of it,” Davies said. “It is a given that the SACP will con­test polls in the fu­ture,” he said.

He said an as­sess­ment would have to be made by the cen­tral com­mit­tee and that this would be set out at a spe­cial na­tional congress next year.

But some po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts have ac­cused the SACP of “brinkman­ship”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Dirk Kotze of Unisa said the de­ci­sion was based on the out­come of the ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

“In closet lan­guage, it says if (Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril) Ramaphosa wins, we are not go­ing on our own. If he doesn’t win, we will go on our own.”

He said the de­ci­sion was a tac­ti­cal move by the party, and the po­lit­i­cal space on the left wing was over­crowded. “It in­volves Saftu (South African Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions of Zwelinz­ima Vavi), the EFF and the Black Con­scious­ness Move­ment.”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Bheki Mn­gomezulu said the SACP’s talk of leav­ing the al­liance was a threat “to test the wa­ters, as they can’t sur­vive on their own”.

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