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THE SA Com­mu­nist Party in the Ethek­wini re­gion is threat­en­ing to pull out of the ANC’s lo­cal govern­ment elec­tion cam­paign, be­cause it is not sat­is­fied with the can­di­date nom­i­na­tion lists.

It has also hit back at com­ments, pur­port­edly made by deputy chair­per­son of the ANC and newly ap­pointed pre­mier Wil­lies Mchunu, at a rally at the week­end.

The SACP’s Mag­waza Mapha­lala District (Ethek­wini) ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee met at the week­end to dis­cuss the lat­est po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in the prov­ince.

It said that Mchunu had al­legedly told a gath­er­ing at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium’s Peo­ple’s Park that peo­ple must ac­cept the re­sults of the nom­i­na­tion pro­cesses and not chal­lenge them.

The party said in a state­ment that it re­spected Mchunu as a cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber of the SACP de­ployed in Moses Mab­hida in Kwa-Zulu-Na­tal.

“Among other things that com­rade Wil­lies men­tioned was that he was re­tir­ing from politics and com­rade Zandile Gumede, the cur­rent ANC re­gional chair­per­son’s fac­tion, re­called him into politics.

“To us this is a pay­back pe­riod to the fac­tion. In essence, he sim­ply meant that he owes his cur­rent po­lit­i­cal ex­is­tence to Zandile’s fac­tion.”

The SACP said that, at some point, Mchunu crit­i­cised the no­tion of speak­ing about chal­lenges fac­ing al­liance part­ners in the pub­lic do­main.

“In fact, it is now dif­fi­cult for us as in the SACP to have trust on the ANC pro­cesses if its se­nior lead­ers are pub­licly en­dors­ing fraud­u­lent out­comes which are still un­der scru­tiny as per sub­mis­sion of ob­jec­tions from our branches.”

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