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SACP, Cosatu ready to face Zuma and explain exit calls

The labour federation and communist party are set to finally meet with the African National Congress on Thursday in a meeting that was meant to take place earlier this year.

FILE: (From L to R) Cosatu's Sdumo Dlamini, SACP's Blade Nzimande, KZN SANCO's Richard Hlophe & Bheki Cele at the shop stewards council in Durban. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Alliance partners, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), say that they are ready to face President Jacob Zuma and explain why they are continuing calls for him to step down.

The labour federation and communist party are set to finally meet with the African National Congress on Thursday in a meeting that was meant to take place earlier this year but was postponed by the governing party because it wanted its alliance partners to clarify their statements around the president.

This meeting between alliance partners has been branded very critical, especially because it comes at the time where the alliance is at its lowest and follows continued tensions between them.

But what will be of interest is how the top officials of the organisations will approach calls for president Jacob Zuma to step down and the president's decision to axe SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande from his Cabinet.

Cosatu and the SACP say they are ready to explain to the President why they want him to step down.

It's unclear if this meeting will resuscitate the already strained alliance and whether the ANC will be able to convince the SACP not to contest elections on its own.