‘JZ eco­nom­i­cal with the truth on SACP’

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - ZI­MASA MATI­WANE

PRES­I­DENT Ja­cob Zuma’s nos­tal­gia about the re­la­tion­ship of yes­ter­year be­tween the ANC and the SACP has been equated to an un­fair black­mail at­tempt that would fail.

“He can char­ac­terise us the way he wants to. He can’t win, be­cause he knows deep down he is be­ing eco­nom­i­cal with the truth.”

These were the sen­ti­ments of the SACP’s first gen­eral sec­re­tary Solly Ma­paila yes­ter­day.

“The re­al­ity is that we can’t ac­cept what he is do­ing, there is no other lead­er­ship that can ac­cept this kind of con­duct,” Ma­paila added.

Zuma’s com­par­i­son of the re­la­tion­ship of the com­mu­nists of Moses Kotane and the ANC of Al­bert Luthuli with those of to­day was in­ac­cu­rate, as Luthuli had “had not given up the ANC”, Ma­paila added.

“There is ev­i­dence of how he (Zuma) has given over gov­ern­ment to some peo­ple out­side the move­ment,” Ma­paila said.

Zuma has been heav­ily crit­i­cised by the cur­rent SACP lead­er­ship for his re­la­tion­ship with the Gupta fam­ily. The SACP has also made nu­mer­ous calls for him to step down.

In turn, Zuma came down hard on the SACP in his ad­dress at the 50th an­niver­sary of the death of Luthuli, in Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal, at the week­end, call­ing the com­mu­nists care­less for crit­i­cis­ing the ANC and ac­cus­ing them of not un­der­stand­ing suf­fi­ciently the im­por­tance of their re­la­tion­ship with the ANC.

But Ma­paila rub­bished the claims and crit­i­cised the gov­ern­ing party leader for “fail­ing to fix the rot in­side the ANC”.

“We have been speak­ing to him since 2013 about the rot in­side the ANC. We have been deeply con­cerned and raised these mat­ters with him and the lead­er­ship of the ANC.

“Their fail­ure to do that should not be blamed on the SACP. Moses Kotane would never have kept quiet if the ANC was run the way it is to­day.”

Ma­paila pointed out that the SACP still needed the ANC, but did not need a morally cor­rupt leader in charge of the party and vowed that they would con­tinue to speak out.

“At our con­gress, the SACP reaf­firmed the need for the al­liance but that the ANC must clean out the rot with the pres­i­dent, who is likely cor­rupt or as­so­ci­ated with cor­rupt in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

Ma­paila also said Zuma’s stance in ques­tion­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of the SACP in the eyes of the peo­ple in an at­tempt to de­fend him­self, was point­less.

ANC KZN chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala, mean­while, said the SACP can­not dic­tate to the gov­ern­ing party and that its lead­ers of yes­ter­year never tried to un­der­mine or usurp the lead­er­ship role of the ANC.

We can­not ac­cept what Zuma’s do­ing, his con­duct is un­ac­cept­able

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­tus Mad­lala blamed the ail­ing al­liance re­la­tion­ship on the lead­er­ship of Zuma.

Mad­lala said Zuma speak­ing out against the SACP could cause fur­ther di­vi­sions and ten­sions.

“Ever since he (Zuma) was elected, there have been di­vi­sions af­ter di­vi­sions. His lead­er­ship doesn’t look good at all…

“I don’t think the SACP is against the ANC, they are against Zuma,” Mad­lala said.

Tra­di­tion­ally, al­liance part­ners used to de­bate and come out united but that Zuma has him­self to blame for the SACP’s pub­lic call for him to step down, he said.


LEAD­ER­SHIP UN­DER FIRE: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, cen­tre, at the Chief Al­bert Luthuli 50th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tion of his death in Groutville in KwaZulu Natal. Left is Arts and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Nathi Mthethwa and KZN Pre­mier Wil­lies Mchunu, right.

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