Blade: SA professors are anti-ANC

The SACP general secretary was addressing the party's Special National Congress.

Delegates at the SACP Special National Congress, taking at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on 08 July, 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande said South Africa's professors are anti-ANC and he has called on members of the Tripartite Alliance to balance the scales.

On Wednesday, Nzimande addressed the SACP's Special National Congress and spoke about a regime change agenda within the country's NGOs.

His comments about the academia were made after the University of Johannesburg's vice chancellor congratulated the SACP for ideological consciousness.

Nzimande said South Africa's academia has not transformed.

"There are very few professors who are sympathetic to the movement, it's unheard-of. It's in the nature of the university for professors to be sympathetic to different kinds of ideological, but it's like largely anti-ANC. We've hostile lecture rooms."

Nzimande said it's up to black students to complete their PhDs and enter the field.

"Eight-three percent of professors in South Africa are white. YCA, PYA, please Sasco, continue to do your master and PhDs, we want cadres of the movement as lecturers and professors.

He insisted his comments were not made as the minister but rather as an SACP official.

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".

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

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.