JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP), a partner of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the Tripartite Alliance, along with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has warned the that the ANC may face defeat in the 2019 national elections if strong action isn’t taken against corruption.
This was stated here by SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande, who is also the Minister of Higher Education and Training and a member of the ANC National Working Committee, at the start of the week-long SACP Congress currently underway in Boksburg, near here.
The SACP leadership had earlier announced that it had banned President Jacob Zuma, who is the ANC president, from addressing the congress. Instead, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, will address them on Wednesday.
The dire state of the country’s economy and alleged influence of the controversial Gupta family over leaders of State institutions are major issues being discussed at the SACP’s 14th national congress.
The congress entered its second day Tuesday with strong calls for an immediate end to State looting and corruption.
SACP national chairperson Senzeni Zokwana fired the first salvo as he lashed out at the ANC-led government.
We meet at the time when the President of the ANC has been advised to step down. Our main enemy … is corruption, factions, and leadership who did not listen to the structures.
Zokwana also launched a scathing attack on the Gupta family accusing it of unethical conduct.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Province ANC deputy chairperson David Makhura warned of declining confidence in the Tripartite Alliance.
We are losing moral authority as a result of being tolerant of crooks within our ranks. The SACP must be prepared to endure insults, intimidation, and threats because those who want corruption to thrive are going to fight back hard.
Nzimande used his speech to express regret at the role the SACP and he himself had played during the bruising pre-Polokwane national conference in 2007 which led to the recall of former South African President Thabo Mbeki as head of state in 2008 and triggered the formation of a breakaway party, the Congress of the People (COPE).
Nzimande says they feel betrayed by their support for President Jacob Zuma’s faction at that time. We want to say as the SACP we feel betrayed in the understanding that we had in Polokwane. Our trust has been broken and we must learn lessons. We can’t just freely give trust which when broken things go haywire. That’s how I feel.
Nzimande maintains that the collapse of key State institutions and the alleged capture of State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are negatively affecting the ANC’s electoral support base.
Much of this popular decline is related to daily revelations of embarrassing scandals involving highly-placed ANC politicians entangled with the notorious Gupta empire, including the President’s own family unfortunately.
The SACP leader believes that the proceeds of alleged State capture have been used to fuel factions within the ANC-led alliance. “What State capture is also doing is corrupting our organizations because there is mutual dependence between these parasites and factions in our movement who want to capture our organizations so that they can accumulate money to drive factions within our movement.
Amongst those who attended the SACP national congress were former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas and ANC stalwarts Sydney Mafumadi and Mavuso Msimang.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK