SACP hits back at Manuel

Thulas Nxesi has questioned Trevor Manuel's agenda in writing a scathing opinion piece on the SACP.

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) has hit back at former finance minister Trevor Manuel and his latest opinion piece questioning the relevance of the party in modern day South Africa.

Over the weekend, Manuel wrote in the City Press newspaper that the SACP failed to discuss core issues facing the working class at its special congress last week.

Thulas Nxesi told Congress of South African Trade Union's Special National Congress that Manuel was part of the tripartite alliance for 30 years and failed to raise these concerns.

He then questioned Manuel's agenda in writing the piece.

"During that time not once did he raise his misgivings with the SACP and the alliance; only now does he run to the capitalist media to recycle old stories based on outdated information. This smacks of either cowardice or duplicity."