Dis­grun­tled left­ists look set to stage Cope-style break­away from SACP

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SIBU­SISO NGALWA

A GROUP of left­ists, in­clud­ing in­flu­en­tial for­mer SA Com­mu­nist Party of­fi­cials, purged af­ter clash­ing with higher ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter and party gen­eral sec­re­tary Blade Nz­i­mande, are plan­ning to launch what could be the birth of a new left-ori­en­tated po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

In much the way Cope founders served “di­vorce pa­pers” on the ANC, the brains be­hind the ven­ture say the rul­ing party’s prom­ise of a bet­ter life has not ma­te­ri­alised.

Un­der the ban­ner of the Con­fer­ence of the Demo­cratic Left, the group­ing con­sists of for­mer Young Com­mu­nist leader Maz­ibuko Jara, com­mu­nity leader Trevor Ng­wane and for­mer SACP Gaut­eng sec­re­tary Vish­was Sat­gar.

But Jara yes­ter­day de­nied they wanted to launch a new party, al­though he did not rule it out.

“Whether a po­lit­i­cal party emerges out of this, no one knows,” he said.

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