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Tripartite alliance mum on political infighting

The SACP says for reasons of protocol his party won't comment on any claims.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) say they cannot comment on newspaper reports that a leaked alliance summit paper claims dirty money is being used to fight political battles in the ANC.

It's been claimed that "the state of the alliance document" also says that the four organisations are in denial about their weaknesses and don't act to resolve internal disputes.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo says for reasons of protocol his party won't comment on these claims.

"We are not able to comment on a leaked paper and we can't confirm or deny whether such information could be coming from a paper we had at the alliance."

The ruling party and Cosatu also say they won't speak.

But it does appear that ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe, Cosatu acting General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande have all been fairly brutal in saying the alliance is in denial in believing their weaknesses can be wished away.