SACP: Our alliance with ANC needs radical review

Nzimande says the SACP is of the view that should its alliance with the ANC continue it would need a radical review.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande addressing the YCLSA at its 3rd National Council in Soweto. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP) said while for many decades the African National Congress (ANC) was a space for broad democratic ways of functioning recently things have eroded drastically and have made way for a reckless, conservative populism within the ruling party.

General Secretary of the SACP Blade Nzimande was speaking at a briefing yesterday after the party held its annual augmented central committee.

Nzimande addressed a wide variety of issues from what he calls gupterisation, to Parliament’s inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and other state owned entities and the legacy of Fidel Castro.

He said his party needs to focus on building a popular working class led movement in preparation for increased leadership roles in the national democratic revolution.

The SACP will engage with its alliance partners, as well as a range of other progressive formations.”

Nzimande said the SACP is of the view that should its alliance with the ANC continue it would need a radical review.

“If the SACP is not part of the ANC-led alliance, who would it ally with?”

He said if the ANC did not unite and become rooted in the masses again it would not be able to lead the national democratic revolution.

“The SACP will convene a national imbizo to bring together mass democratic forces to discuss challenges facing our country.”

Nzimade said the focus on who will be the next president should shift rather to the criteria which made for effective leadership.

“To give hope to the majority poor working class.”

The general secretary also noted that factionalism was a big problem within the ruling party.

The communist party said it remains committed to working and assisting its trade union ally Congress of South African Trade Unions.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)