SACP set to clarify its position in the governing alliance
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.