Zweli Mkhize: SACP break with alliance would be disaster

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says issues between the alliance partners must be addressed and there is no need to break away.

FILE: ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize applauds during the final plenary on 5 July 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress (ANC) treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize says that it would be a disaster if the South African Communist Party (SACP) turns its back on its alliance partners by breaking away.

The SACP’s 14th Congress has started in Johannesburg on Monday where discussions are expected to centre on state capture, the party’s rocky relationship with the ANC and the election of leaders.

Mkhize says that issues between the alliance partners must be addressed and there is no need to break away.

With state capture high on the agenda, Mkhize says alliance partners don’t need to agree on everything all the time.

It is the first time that the SACP is considering breaking away from the alliance after resolving that President Jacob Zuma must step down.

Meanwhile, the ANC's Military Veterans Association says thta it will boycott the SACP's Congress this week because it is unhappy with the position the party has taken on President Zuma.

But MKMVA president Kebby MaphatsWe says the association is unhappy with the SACP and won't be attending the congress.

"Why we're not attending the congress was not an easy position to arrive at but because of the position the SACP has taken of calling for the president to step down, we don't think that it is in the spirit of building the alliance, because the ANC is the leader of the alliance."