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Nzimande: ANC conference in December vital, likely to determine its future

The SACP’s Blade Nzimande says the days of the ANC treating other alliance partners as junior must be over.

FILE: Blade Nzimande at the SACP’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg. Picture: Twitter/@SACP1921

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP) says the revolution is too important for the African National Congress (ANC) to remain the centre of power in the alliance and taking decisions on issues of legislature, policy, governance and deployments on its own.

The Communist Party concluded its national congress on Saturday where it resolved to contest future elections.

The SACP’s Blade Nzimande says the days of the ANC treating other alliance partners as a junior must be over.

“Counter revolution must be carried out through the state including legislation, policy, regulation programmes and who must be deployed where must be a collective alliance responsibility.”

He concedes that the ANC’s elective conference later this year will be important for the SACP, meaning it may or may not affect their decision to either contest the 2019 elections or not.

“The ANC conference in December is very important because it’s likely to determine the future of the ANC itself, which in fact may have an impact in terms of the trajectory of the country. But as we say, we have not waited for that conference.”

He says their decision to contest elections is not a threat to the ANC.

Meanwhile, the SACP says its decision to contest elections while being part of the ANC led alliance is not a contradiction, with the communist party suggesting it may contest elections and then go into a coalition with the ANC.

Nzimande explains why contesting elections while still, part of the ANC-led alliance is not a contradiction.

“It happens in many parts of the world that allied formations contest [elections] independently and decide to come together after elections.”

He says while the SACP will consult with its allies, it’s not seeking their permission.

“We are not only going to be consulting allies, we are also going to consult wider than that – a whole range other progressive forces that we may share the same orientation and the interests.”

The communist party seems to be putting a condition that it will stop its plans to contest elections separately if the ANC led alliance is reconfirmed for the alliance to be a strategic centre of power; something that may strip the governing party of its powers to take final and sometimes unilateral decisions on governance.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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