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Mashilo: SACP engagement with ANC off to good start

The SACP is due to hold a conference in July amid claims that members will vote to leave the tripartite alliance.

FILE: SACP members gather for their party conference. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP) says that it's meeting with the African National Congress (ANC) to resolve their difference has started well and that if it continues like this, it could resolve many of the problems in their relationship.

The two parties started their meeting on Monday but will continue the meeting over the weekend.

The SACP is due to hold a conference in July amid claims that members will vote to leave the alliance and demand the party contests elections on its own.

This meeting comes as the SACP has been growing highly critical of several decisions taken by the ANC in government and the behaviour of some of its ministers.

Over the weekend, the communist party’s second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila told the _City Press _newspaper he believed a decision by members to leave the alliance in July was a done deal.

But the party's Alex Mashilo says this meeting has started well and has the potential to improve the situation.

If the SACP were to leave the alliance it could lead to a huge shake-up of South African politics in the 2019 elections.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)