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Nzimande: Some agents have been rewarded for spying on alliance

Nzimande spent a portion of his Red October speech on Sunday speaking about the state of politics in the country and the party’s fallout with African National Congress.

FILE: SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande. Picture: Twitter/@SACP1921

DURBAN - South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary Blade Nzimande says that there are agents who have been rewarded with posts overseas for spying on alliance leaders.

Nzimande spent a portion of his Red October speech on Sunday speaking about the state of politics in the country and the party’s fallout with African National Congress (ANC).

The former Higher Education Minister has also urged all South Africans to read Jacques Pauw’s book, saying it details their longstanding assertions that intelligence services are being abused to eliminate political opponents.

Nzimande says that it’s clear that the ANC-led government views the alliance partners as the enemy.

“You can’t use intelligence against your own alliance. We know we’re being listened to. Some people have been rewarded. Now they have become ambassadors because they have achieved some of their tasks here of listening to the leadership of the party and listening to the leadership of Cosatu.”

Meanwhile, the SACP’s warned the ANC of dire consequences should its members be shunned from top government posts following the conference.

NZIMANDE TAKES SWIPE AT ZUMA

Nzimande also used Red October Centenary celebrations to take a swipe at President Jacob Zuma, saying he behaves as if the communists weren’t part of him ascending to power.

Speaking in IsiZulu, Nzimande called on communist party members to grow the SACP because they cannot campaign for the ANC forever.

The general secretary said that there’s a history of a breakdown in relations that can be traced back as far as during former president Nelson Mandela’s tenure.

Nzimande lashed out at the ANC and President Zuma in particular, saying his continued failure to consult before making crucial decisions like his recent Cabinet reshuffle show that he has no respect for the alliance partners.

The former higher education minister also claims State Security Agencies continue to be used to spy on SACP leaders adding that this means the ANC-led government has declared them as “the enemy”.