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‘ANC faces problem of people buying top leadership positions’

Nzimande has called on workers in the NUM and other organisations to defend the ANC’s dignity.

FILE: Top SACP leaders Senzeni Zokwana and Blade Nzimande as well as ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande says the African National Congress (ANC) faces a problem where people are buying their way to top leadership positions ahead of the local government elections.

Nzimande was addressing delegates at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) central committee meeting in Centurion.

He says while the ANC is not the only party facing this problem, workers must do what they can to prevent it from being harmed by factionalism.

The SACP leader has called on workers in the NUM and other organisations to defend the ANC's dignity.

"Our revolutionary organisation… we must defend it from factionalism, we must defend it from this money politics."

He says workers should speak up where they see things going wrong as speaking up doesn't mean they love the ruling party less.

"We are raising problems because we want those problems to be corrected. We're not raising them to entertain the media."

He has encouraged those gathered at the committee meeting to ensure they cast their votes on 3 August.