JOHANNESBURG, Minister for Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande has been re-elected unopposed as the General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), which is a partner of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in the Tripartite Alliance, along with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
The election for the top SACP leadership positions at the party’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg, near here, Wednesday yielded only one new addition to the SACP leadership, with former central committee member Chris Matlhako now taking over from Solly Mapaila as Second Deputy General Secretary of the party.
Mapaila has now been promoted to the position of the First Deputy General Secretary previously occupied by Jeremy Cronin, the Deputy Minister of Public Works. Cronin did not avail himself for another term.
Mapaila said: “The incumbent, comrade Blade Nzimande, has been doing very well as the leader of the Communist Party and he is still a young comrade, an outstanding intellectual who is respected internationally by the communist and workers movement and he still has more years he can give to the party. There was no political strategy that was designed that there is a requirement for change.
Senzeni Zokwana, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, was re-elected as SACP National Chairperson and Joyce Moloi-Moropa has been elected unopposed as National Treasurer.
Meanwhile, the SACP said its relations with the ANC were at an all-time low. The party said it called for President Jacob Zuma to step down but there had been no meeting with the governing party, despite the SACP being an Alliance partner.
Earlier, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also ANC deputy president, pleaded with the leadership of the SACP not to pull out of the ANC-led Tripartite Alliance, following the decision by the SACP to convene a special congress in 2018 to decide whether or not to contest the 2019 general election independently.
The SACP has been calling for President Zuma to step down over State capture and links with the controversial Gupta family, among other issues. Ramaphosa also called for a judicial inquiry into State capture by parties exercising undue influence over State leaders, by the Guptas or others.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK