SACP’s Jeremy Cronin: ANC alliance under strain

The Communist Party is expected to decide on its relationship with the African National Congress amid tensions with President Jacob Zuma.

FILE: Deputy Public Works Minister and SACP first deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin speaks at the Ahmed Kathrada memorial in Cape Town. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP)’s first Deputy Secretary General Jeremy Cronin says the alliance is under strain.

Cronin was speaking ahead of the party’s congress which will kick off in Boksburg on Monday.

The Communist Party is expected to decide on its relationship with the African National Congress amid tensions with President Jacob Zuma.

They have accused Zuma and his faction in the ANC of emulating Russian President Vladimir Putin’s style of authoritarian rule.

Cronin says that they will discuss the threats facing the movement.

“Clearly we’re dealing with a very divided ANC and with a president who, in our view at the party, is not capable of unifying the ANC and is therefore also playing a destructive role to bring the alliance together.”