Cosatu to debate SACP’s decision to contest future polls independently

The communist party resolved at the end of its national congress in July to go it alone at future elections, which may include the 2019 general polls.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it will debate the South African Communist Party (SACP)’s move to contest elections alone when its central executive committee meets this month.

But the labour federation says a final decision on whether it may leave the African National Congress (ANC)-led alliance with the SACP, will only be taken at a national congress next year.

The communist party resolved at the end of its national congress in July to go it alone at future elections, which may include the 2019 general polls.

After the SACP resolved to contest elections, it made it clear it needs Cosatu’s support, with Blade Nzimande saying the party can’t make the mistake of going to the polls without the firm backing of the federation’s workers.

Both the organisations will meet soon and the SACP is expected to try to persuade Cosatu leaders to support its resolution.

Cosatu’s Solly Phetoe says while the central executive committee will debate the issue before the end of this month, it doesn’t have the power to make any final decision.

“Only Treasury can change or support the decision to contest or not as a congress.”

That congress is expected to be held in September 2018.

But Eyewitness News understands the federation hasn’t ruled out calling a special congress before that date to make a decision.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)