SACP congress to focus on state capture, ANC alliance

The SACP will use its six-day conference to discuss the fragile state of the ANC-led tripartite alliance and how it can be reconfigured.

FILE: An SACP flag flies during a protest. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP)’s congress is set to start in Johannesburg on Monday morning where discussions are expected to centre on state capture and the party's rocky relationship with the African National Congress (ANC).

The Communist Party has been critical of the governing party and its President Jacob Zuma repeatedly calling on him to step down.

The SACP will use its six-day conference to discuss the fragile state of the ANC-led tripartite alliance and how it can be reconfigured.

Spokesperson Alex Mashilo says: “The South African Council of Churches will be given an opportunity to present its report on state capture. Academics who also reproduced their report will also be given an opportunity to present that report.”

But the Mpumalanga SACP and the young communist league will likely lobby delegates to push for the party to contest elections outside of the alliance

“There will be a report to be tabled on the relationship of the SACP to state power. The Congress is going to take a final resolution.”

Many of the SACP’s leaders including general secretary Blade Nzimande are expected to retain their positions.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)