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'SACP involvement in govt. is necessary'

Blade Nzimande has denied his involvement in government will hamper him from being critical of the state.

FILE:Blade Nzimande has denied his involvement in government will hamper him from being critical of the state. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) says criticising the appointment of its top leaders to serve in the government is disingenuous.

The SACP on Sunday discussed results of last month's elections and the priorities president Jacob Zuma's administration should focus on.

Its leader, Blade Nzimande, has denied his involvement in government will hamper him from being critical of the state.

"We'll always reject the idea that in order to be truly independent we must criticise the ANC and the government. We reject that. It's not a new thing, it's an old apartheid thing. The second thing which we're rejecting is that if you are in government you are a selling out. This is our own government, we fought for it."

Meanwhile, the SACP has called on the government to convene a multi-stakeholder mining indaba that will resolve the socio economic challenges plaguing the platinum belt.

Thousands of mineworkers affiliated to union Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike for over four months demanding a R12,500 entry level salary.

Talks have stalled several times, prompting the government to form a task team to try and resolve the impasse.

SACP's Ndzimande says while the strike must be resolved, the inherent danger is that any settlement will focus on remuneration rather than transformational issues in the mining industry.

"To add insult to the injury the senior management have been paying themselves huge and insensitive salaries. On the agenda of this mining indaba must also be a role for contract labour in mining and a range of social and economic problems impacting upon many mining communities."