JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP) has blamed the Gupta family, an ethnic Indian business family whose members are naturalised South African citizens, for the current instability in the country’s Tripartite Alliance.
(Eds note: The wealthy Gupta family is accused of exercising undue influence over some leading South African politicians, including President Jacob Zuma, in a saga which has come to be termed “State capture” in this country).
The SACP, at its 14th National Congress which ended at Boksburg, near here, last week, had resolved to campaign for a reconfigured Tripartite Alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to ensure that all partners are treated equally.
The ANC had previously sidelined the party and only finds it useful during election campaigns, said SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande, who is also the Minister for Higher Education and Training, at the close of the national congress on Saturday.
The Alliance has big difficulties at the moment. One of the things that is bedevilling relations in the alliance is this relations with the Guptas,” said Nzimande.
“As the SACP we can’t stand this. We think it’s outrageous, it’s embarrassing, it’s humiliating that an Indian immigrant family can come and control our resources in the manner they are doing.
“That has caused huge strains. That is why we lost confidence in the president, amongst other things.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK