Nzimande issues call for unity
‘Alliance should learn from Cope’s mistakes’
SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande has called for unity and the strengthening of the tripartite alliance which has been hit by divisions over recent reports that the ANC was considering hauling Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi, before a disciplinary hearing.
Addressing delegates at the sixth SACP Western Cape Congress held in Bellville yesterday, Nzimande warned that the alliance should learn from the ongoing infighting in opposition party Cope and not make a similar mistake.
“Never have I seen a political party tearing itself apart like this,” Nzimande said.
“At the time that Cope is falling apart, we should be uniting… There are people who are deliberately making problems inside the alliance. We must not allow ourselves to be provoked. We should defend unity of alliance and also its protocols,” he said
Referring to the threat by Cosatu to break the tripartite alliance if the ANC proceeds with disciplinary action against Vavi, Nzimande said “we do not handle problems in the alliance through disciplinary procedures”.
He said since the 2009 elec- tions a number of threats had emerged.
“The first is that of an emerging, white right wing trend that attempts to use our constitution and the courts to try and roll back and frustrate some of our programmes. This includes the challenging of affirmative action and a onesided fight against crime directed at white far mers, whilst being completely silent about the daily brutalities faced by many black far m workers and farm dwellers by white farmers,” he said.
He said the second threat was the exploitation of workers through casualisation and outsourcing of jobs, labour brokering, and retrenchments and the employment of vulnerable workers from the SADC region.
Another threat was a tendency to be apparently willing to sacrifice the unity of the ANC and the alliance for greed.
“Tenderpreneurship” – the collusion between business elements in the private sector with those in the public sector to corruptly capture government tenders – was one example of this “get rich quick” mentality.
Young people were most affected by exploitation of workers and were a target of tenderpreneurs, he said.
DEFEND: Blade Nzimande addresses the SACP Western Cape Provincial Congress at the Cape University of Technology campus in Bellville.