SACP URGES PARTNER ANC TO MEND THE TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE

JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP) says if the newly elected National Executive Committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) ignores calls to reconfigure the Tripartite Alliance and deal with the issue of State Capture, it risks losing the 2019 elections.

The two parties, along with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country’s leading labour federation, are the three members of the Tripartite Alliance, a partnership during the days of the anti-apartheid struggle before the country achieved majority rule.

On Saturday, the SACP commemorated 23 years since the passing of its former leader, Joe Slovo, in Johannesburg. Last month, President Jacob Zuma applied for leave to appeal a Constitutional Court ruling that he could not appoint the judge to head the commission of inquiry into State Capture, the phrase used to refer to the exercise of undue influence of leaders of the State by outside parties.

SACP General-Secretary Blade Nzimande called on Zuma to stop appealing court rulings. This appeal by the president compromises the integrity of the African National Congress. Why is the president appealing this thing, because it’s clear he is conflicted? You can’t appoint a commission to investigate yourself. It’s a very clear principle.

Meanwhile, Cosatu repeated its calls for President Zuma to step down. The federation’s secretary-general, Bheki Ntshalintshali, reiterated the call during an event to mark the 23rd anniversary of the passing of Communist Party leader Joe Slovo in Soweto.

He called on the ANC to pay special attention to the two centers of power which have been created following Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC president last month.

Ntshalintshali’s comment cames after ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe on Friday dismissed any notion of the governing party recalling President Zuma as head of state. This followed reports that fresh attempts were underway to remove Zuma from office.

Weaknesses of the last two three years have been a personification of politics. We must talk to ANC and as we analyze the ANC there is nothing called a no-go area. And I want comrades to disabuse themselves from abusing Zuma for their own purpose because it is dangerous for the movement, it hurts comrade Zuma, said Mantashe.

Speaking at a wreath-laying ceremony in Wattville, east of Johannesburg, for late ANC president Oliver Tambo. Mantashe also called on the governing party’s newly elected Top Six leadership to work together and unite the party. Three of the new Top Six elected last month, including Mantashe, were perceived as supporters of new ANC president Ramaphosa and the other three as backers of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who Rampahosa edged out in the race for the top party post.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK