Sowetan

Nzimande retains his position, while Mapaila moves up the ranks as 1st deputy

- By By Ngwako Modjadji and Natasha Marrian

The SACP will today debate the ANC succession battle and whether to contest the 2019 general elections alone.

It is understood the debate around the ANC succession will be raised in commission­s and two proposals will be raised at the party’s national congress in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.

The first is whether to remain mum on the succession question, but work on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign behind the scenes.

The second is to come out publicly in his support and divert its debate on state power pending the outcome of the December ANC succession race.

Meanwhile, Blade Nzimande was nominated unopposed as the general-secretary at the national congress yesterday.

Solly Mapaila moved up the ranks to replace first deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin who announced on Monday that he would step down.

It is understood that attempts to convince Cronin to remain in his post were unsuccessf­ul.

Zenzeni Zokwana and Joy Moloi-Moropa were also nominated for national chairman and treasurer, respective­ly.

Chris Matlhaku was nominated unopposed for the second deputy general secretary position.

SACP deputy national chairman Thulas Nxesi was also elected unopposed.

Yesterday, Young Communist League (YCL) national secretary Mluleki Dlelanga called on the SACP to move away from the ANC.

“The ANC of today is a party that exercises state power in the interests of a dominant bourgeoise and not in the interest of the working class,” Dlelanga said.

“The current conjecture requires a new alliance of progressiv­e revolution­ary classes that can be mobilised in support of [the] NDR [national democratic revolution] and socialism.”

Dlelanga said the YCL wanted to engage the congress on the state and future of the alliance.

“Currently, the alliance is experienci­ng moments of regress and turbulence,” he said.

Dlelanga accused some of the ruling party leaders of being “arrogant” and not valuing the unity of the African National Congress-led alliance.

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Young Communist League secretary Mluleki Dlelanga

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