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SACP has flexed its power - Cronin

Jeremy Cronin spoke about the SACP's clout ahead of the party's conference on Wednesday.

SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin addresses the SACP conference at the University of Zululand. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN.
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Politics

KWAZULU-NATAL - The deputy general-secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Jeremy Cronin on Wednesday said, the fact the Transport ministry will not start more e-tolling projects is evidence of the party's power in government.

Cronin was deputy Transport minister during the e-tolling saga.

He spoke ahead of the SACP’s conference which starts on Thursday in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cronin believes the SACP has flexed its power on various issues.

“There are always battles around these things. My prediction is that we’re not going to see further elaboration on e-tolling.”

He emphasised that the African National Congress (ANC) needs to approach policy conferences with care.

“It’s to get the balance right between what a branch member could even be expected to know versus the kind of details that you require for some kind of policy.”

He said such conferences are vulnerable to what he calls “demagogic capture”.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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