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'There may be violence if SACP contests elections'

A report presented by the SACP's former deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin says there may be violence if the communist party contests elections.

Jeremy Cronin. Picture: @SACP1921/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party's (SACP) report on state power has made several concessions including the possibility of increased political violence should the party contests elections.

The Communist Party is holding its national congress in Boksburg where it’s looking at how to approach a possible split in the African National Congress (ANC) after December.

The report presented by the SACP's former deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin says there may be violence if the communist party contests elections.

“In the last period, there have been something like 23 assassinations of comrades.”

And then there is a possibility of an ANC faction that the SACP doesn't support winning the party’s elective conference in December.

“What happens if the premier league slate wins, through hook or crook? Is there perhaps a massive split in the ANC?”

But what would stop the SACP from leaving the alliance?

“Unless there is an immediate establishment of a judicial commission and early persecutions of the worst offences exposed by emails and many other things.”

He says leaving the alliance may also deepen Cosatu.

This report will guide delegates as they prepare to hold commissions to debate the issue of contesting state power.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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