'ANC squabbling has led to SACP's growth'

A political analyst says the struggles within the ruling party have led to many people seeking alternatives.

FILE: SACP top leaders, Senzeni Zokwana and Blade Nzimande as well as ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at the special national congress on 8 July 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, says a struggle within the African National Congress (ANC) has contributed to a rise in membership in the South African Communist Party (SACP).

The SACP party held a special national congress in Soweto this week to conduct an assessment of the ANC's performance in government and as leader of the Tripartite Alliance.

The party has warned its alliance partners that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s united front, are making significant headway in communities and rural areas, which were traditionally considered ANC strongholds.

The SACP also admitted the reason for its sharp growth is due to discontent with the ANC.

Fikeni says people are seeking alternatives because of their worry with the ruling party.

"The main thing that causes this growth is mainly the challenges within the ANC and the ANC structures. And you also have all kinds of weaknesses and fragmentation within the ANC, so what happens is that people look from within the alliance for alternatives."

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it fully supports the decision by SACP leaders to serve in all spheres of government and said this will also be done by the federation's leaders.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini addressed the SACP's special national congress in Soweto this week.

Dlamini told the SACP that Cosatu had been hijacked by popular leaders and the expulsion of the Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi were moves aimed at reclaiming it.