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SACP will be guided by ANC on status of its members serving in Parly

The party resolved at the end of its national congress on Saturday to contest future elections, which may include the 2019 polls.

FILE: Blade Nzimande at the SACP’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg. Picture: Twitter/@SACP1921

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it will be guided by the African National Congress (ANC) on what happens to the Communist party’s members serving in Parliament.

The party resolved at the end of its national congress on Saturday to contest future elections, which may include the 2019 polls.

There are over six SACP leaders serving in Parliament on the ANC ticket through dual membership.

But now that the Communist party has resolved to contest elections separately from the ANC, such deployments in Parliament may be in question.

“First of all, the SACP does not have Members of Parliament, it’s the ANC that has got Members of Parliament amongst whom are members of the SACP.”

SACP general secretly Blade Nzimande says that the party’s members in Parliament will take their cue from the ANC which deployed them there.

“We’ll be guided by the ANC as members of the ANC, but at the same time, we’ll also listen to what the SACP says.”

The SACP is expected to start consultations with its alliance partners on its resolution to run for the polls.

At the same time, Nzimande says the decision to contest the 2019 elections will be taken after the SACP has done some ground work.

“We’ve taken these resolutions and then congress said go and work on the modality consult and engage and one milestone would be a report to the augmented central committee in late November, early December.”

He says the Communist party needs the support of Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

“As the Communist party, we can never make the mistake of wanting to contest elections, for instance, when we don’t have a very firm backing, for example, from Cosatu, the workers.”

When asked if the party has enough capacity to contest state power in 2019, Nzimande said that as the party, they will cross the bridge when they there.

CRITICISES ANC TREATMENT

The SACP says the revolution is too important for the African National Congress (ANC) to remain the centre of power in the alliance and taking decisions on issues of legislature, policy, governance and deployments on its own.

Nzimande says the days of the ANC treating other alliance partners as a junior must be over.

“Counter revolution must be carried out through the state including legislation, policy, regulation programmes and who must be deployed where must be a collective alliance responsibility.”

He concedes that the ANC’s elective conference later this year will be important for the SACP, meaning it may or may not affect their decision to either contest the 2019 elections or not.

“The ANC conference in December is very important because it’s likely to determine the future of the ANC itself, which in fact may have an impact in terms of the trajectory of the country. But as we say, we have not waited for that conference.”

He says their decision to contest elections is not a threat to the ANC.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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