Nz­i­mande is­sues call for unity

‘Al­liance should learn from Cope’s mis­takes’

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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.

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