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SACP supports Zuma for second term

Blade Nzimande has expressed great satisfaction with the ANC's governance.

SACP members gather at the University of Zululand, for their conference. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

KWAZULU NATAL - The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Thursday gave its strongest signal yet that it will support President Jacob Zuma for a second term.

The SACP said it was satisfied with the current national leadership of the African National Congress (ANC).

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande's also hinted at the party's support for Gwede Mantashe to stay on as ANC Secretary General.

The communist party is holding its conference at the University of Zululand near Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mantashe told the conference he was stepping down because no one could properly fulfill both roles.

Nnzimande was pretty clear about the party's view on the ANC's current leadership.

"We are, as the SACP, largely satisfied about the current leadership, nationally, of the ANC."

He told Mantashe they were happy to let him go.

"As communists, we will give [Mantashe] space to go and do that work [at the ANC] and hopefully for a long time to come."

Nzimande also hit out at labour brokers, NGOs, and the media.

He said the SACP wanted the state to direct the private sector.

"We must not reduce the role of the state only into being a referee."

He claimed that people who talk about tribalism within the ANC are 'tenderpreneurs'.

"They don't care about our movement. They only care about their stomachs."

Nzimande also took aim at NGOs saying, "[They] are funded in the main by foreign and imperialist donors."

But his real anger was reserved for the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

"Auckland Park [where the SABC offices are] is a shame, to make it a point that they run with the renegades as headlines every day."

He said this in criticism of how the SABC covered the expulsion of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

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