Nzimande calls on youth wing to ensure EFF dies

Blade Nzimande says SACP’s youth wing must work towards making sure the EFF dies as a political party.

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

JOHANNESBURG - South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande says the party's youth wing must work towards making sure the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) dies as a political organisation.

Nzimande made the remarks on the last day of the SACP's special national congress in Soweto.

The congress is taking place at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto over four days.

He opened the congress on Tuesday with an attack on expelled Congress South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and National Union of Metalworkers South Africa.

The SACP general secretary has warned that factions in the tripartite alliance will leave partners vulnerable collapse.

He says the unity and success of the party will leave others including the EFF to become stressed.

"This congress has been so successful such that it causes people who are not here stress."

'ANC SQUABBLING HAS LED TO SACP'S GROWTH'

Political analyst, Somadoda Fikeni, said a struggle within the African National Congress (ANC) has contributed to a rise in membership in the SACP.

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 communist party also admitted the reason for its sharp growth is due to discontent with the ANC.

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