SACP defends its new Cabinet ministers

SACP leaders have been widely criticised for accepting top government positions.

FILE IMAGE: Leaders of the party say they met this weekend to discuss the results of the past elections and issues the current administration should prioritise. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party ( SACP) has defended the appointment of most of its leaders in Cabinet positions and other high level government jobs saying criticising the appointments is disingenuous.

SACP leaders have been widely criticised for accepting top government positions which saying it could affect the way they hold government accountable for its shortfalls.

The communist party briefed the media in Braamfontein this afternoon on the outcome of its three day central committee meeting on the 2014 general elections.

Leaders of the party say they met this weekend to discuss the results of the past elections and issues the current administration should prioritise.

The SACP says President Jacob Zuma's second term should focus on radical policies that will transform the economy and create jobs mostly for young people.

The party says poverty eradication, reducing inequality and creating jobs should become the hallmarks of Zuma's administration.

It says the appointment of its members in Cabinet positions is a vote of confidence in the communist party.

SACP leader Blade Nzimande has denied the appointments will hamper party members from holding the government accountable.