SACP: Disagreements on Zuma's future caused disputes in alliance

The SACP's Solly Mapaila warned against what he calls the parasite bourgeoisie.

First Deputy General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Solly Mapaila. Picture: @SACP1921

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) has conceded that disagreements on President Jacob Zuma's future have caused ructions in the alliance.

The SACP's Solly Mapaila delivered the state of the organisational report in Boksburg at the party’s 14th congress.

Mapaila warned against what he called the parasite bourgeoisie.

“They use some of our own comrades to create a narrow Africanist perception of our movement. We must defeat that.”

The SACP says its congress has reaffirmed its call on President Zuma to step down, warning if he doesn't the country's problems will only worsen.

Mapaila said, “Today we affirm our position that we call on President Jacob Zuma to step down as the president of the republic.”

He says for the organisation to come to the decision to call on Zuma to step down was one that took a lot of thought and engagement.

He, however, adds that should Zuma not step down, the problems currently faced will become worse.

Meanwhile, the SACP has announced that Blade Nzimande has been re-elected unopposed as general secretary with no objections.

Speaking to Eyewitness News on the sidelines of the conference, ANC stalwart Frank Chikane said the SACP has done well in highlighting the issues at hand. He believes the ANC policy conference lacked that kind of openness.

During his opening address at the ANC's policy conference, President Jacob Zuma lashed out at the party's stalwarts who had raised concerns about the state of the ANC under his leadership.

He described their behaviour as "funny," saying the veterans think they have power.

Chikane said SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande's address was well received considering Zuma’s opening at the policy conference which left some stalwarts feeling insulted.

“I think the president knows where he is. That was the most unfortunate things you could have ever done to the movement and people who have made sacrifices in the struggle.”

Additional reporting by Masa Kekana.