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SACP central committee to meet ahead of national congress

The SACP meets this week as its provincial officials reportedly voice discontent with the Tripartite Alliance.

FILE: The congress is due to be held in Soweto and is the first since July 2012. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The central committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP) will meet today ahead of its national congress which is expected to review the party's performance and alliances in South Africa.

The SACP meets this week as its provincial officials reportedly voice discontent with the Tripartite Alliance and the party faces consistent criticism from other leftist organisations.

The congress is due to be held in Soweto and is the first since July 2012.

The SACP's Alex Mashilo says the monopolisation of certain industries such as the financial sector will undoubtedly play a central role in this week's congress.

"The SACP has been leading a campaign on the financial sector transformation. We are now leading a campaign on media transformation and diversity."

But Mashilo says they are not blind to the current divisions within the Tripartite Alliance.

"On the review of the alliance itself, the objective is to ensure that both the party and the alliance are capable and have the capacity to respond to changing conditions."

The congress will start in Soweto tomorrow and while the party says it's committed to the African National Congress (ANC), it needs to consolidate its own support.