SACP set to clar­ify its po­si­tion in the gov­ern­ing al­liance

The Sunday Independent - - Politics - SIVIWE FEKETHA

THE SACP is set to spell out just ex­actly what it means in its call for the de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of power from the ANC, through the re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of the al­liance. To­day, the SACP’s cen­tral com­mit­tee was due to con­clude its three-day meet­ing which put fi­nal touches on the doc­u­ment that de­tails how the party wants the gov­ern­ing al­liance re­struc­tured.

Yes­ter­day, gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande said although he would not speak on the doc­u­ment be­fore it is of­fi­cially adopted to­day, its pro­pos­als would be aimed at en­sur­ing that al­liance com­po­nents are no longer side­lined on the is­sue of state power, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment de­ploy­ments. “From now go­ing for­ward to­wards the elec­tion, we must be clear about this. It is im­por­tant, for in­stance, on how the al­liance part­ners are con­sulted on an on­go­ing ba­sis.

“The prob­lem usu­ally be­comes very big af­ter the elec­tion be­cause big de­ci­sions are taken some­times on how to im­ple­ment poli­cies. Big de­ci­sions get taken about de­ploy­ment in a man­ner that is not in­clu­sive,” Nz­i­mande said.

He said the di­vi­sions had taken a deeper root in lower struc­tures, adding that the new doc­u­ment around the modal­i­ties of re­con­fig­u­ra­tion would have to be used as a guide­line for the rank-and-file of al­liance com­po­nents.

“Even in the most dif­fi­cult times at na­tional level, there has al­ways been this ma­tu­rity. The si­t­u­a­tion is bad at sub-na­tional level, espe­cially at branch level. The al­liance just hardly ex­ists. There is hardly any re­spect in terms of how the al­lies are treated and so on, so one of the things we would like is that, what­ever un­der­stand­ing we reach at na­tional level, it must per­me­ate right through to grass-roots struc­tures,” he said.

So deeply di­vided was the al­liance un­der for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma that both the SACP and Cosatu re­solved to ban him from their gath­er­ings ow­ing to the al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion and state cap­ture against him, among other stated rea­sons.

Nz­i­mande said the party’s lead­er­ship was im­pressed with Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s lead­er­ship and de­ci­sive­ness af­ter he took over from Zuma fol­low­ing the ANC’s De­cem­ber na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence at Nas­rec. This as Ramaphosa vis­ited and ad­dressed the SACP’s top brass at its meet­ing yes­ter­day.

“In sum­mary what we have said is that what is pos­i­tive com­ing out of Nas­rec is the com­mit­ment of the ANC un­der the lead­er­ship of Ramaphosa to ac­tu­ally deal with the par­a­sitic net­works that have de­vel­oped around gov­ern­ment and the rest of the state.

“We are very pleased about that be­cause we were rais­ing th­ese is­sues be­fore Nas­rec. We were be­gin­ning to drift apart as the al­liance in terms of col­lec­tively tack­ling this prob­lem,” Nz­i­mande said.

Ramaphosa said he and the new lead­er­ship of the ANC were busy try­ing to unite struc­tures of the ANC.

“As in any or­gan­i­sa­tion, there will be peo­ple who pull in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. We are go­ing to get every­one to be in the same kraal be­cause unity is a process. We are work­ing very hard through­out the length and the breadth of the coun­try to forge unity be­cause we were given that man­date by our con­fer­ence,” he said.

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