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Nzimande warns against tripartite alliance factions

Blade Nzimande says fractures in the tripartite alliance will leave the partners vulnerable to collapse.

The SACP's Blade Nzimande, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe and Senzeni Zokwana, also of the SACP. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande has warned that a fracture in the tripartite alliance would leave each of the partners vulnerable to collapse, or what he called "corporate capture".

The general secretary was speaking at the party's special national congress taking place at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto over four days.

He said some union leaders had been compromised by their reliance on multinational companies for income and this phenomenon was known as 'corporate capture'.

Delegates at the SACP special national congress at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus on 8 July, 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

Nzimande said this could take over the entire movement if the alliance broke up.

"Those of our comrades within the ANC who think they can do without Cosatu and the SACP are dreaming. They want to hand over this country to corporate capital."

He also pleaded with delegates to consider the current political climate when advancing views.

"Those who think that any one component of the alliance can go on its own under the current conditions are mistaken."

The Mpumlanga delegation looks set to propose that the SACP contests elections, but their support seems to be dwindling.