SACP accuses ANC leaders of being ‘lumpen tenderpreneurs’

2013-11-26 16:04

The SA Communist Party (SACP) in Mpumalanga has fired a salvo at some ANC leaders for allegedly manipulating the electoral list process, going against communities’ preferred candidates to stand in by-elections this week, and “hatred” toward its members.

Speaking at a media conference today, SACP provincial secretary Bonakele Majuba labelled these leaders as “lumpen tenderpreneurs” and “former apartheid Stratcom-type agents”.

Majuba accused the ANC leaders of not giving ANC branches the space to decide who should make it on to the provincial and national lists during the recent list conference held in Witbank.

Branches were given lists of cadres to vote on to the lists and, as a result, senior SACP and ANC members were left off the provincial list, he said.

“The ANC is being infiltrated by these lumpen tenderpreneurs and the way the list conferences were conducted indicated a culmination of the problems within the movement,” Majuba said.

Although the list has not been released, it is now an open secret that senior SACP members including Majuba himself and treasury MEC Madala Masuku did not make the provincial list.

Also, ANC cadres who are considered to be at odds with Premier David Mabuza’s camp – such as Fish Mahlalela (legislature member) – and those who were part of this camp but have fallen out of favour, were put on to the national list where they are not guaranteed jobs in Parliament because of the competition for positions from members from all nine provinces.

ANC sources – who have seen the list – said that it reflected the divisions within the province.

Those who are no longer favourites in the Mabuza camp and were put on the national list include provincial cabinet members Candith Mashego-Dlamini (health and social development), Sibongile Manana (arts and culture), Dikeledi Mahlangu (public works) and Pinky Phosa (economic development).

MECs who have remained on the provincial list are Andries Gamede (human settlements), Vusi Shongwe (safety and security), Violet Siwela (agriculture), Reginah Mhaule (education) and Simon Skhosana (cooperative governance and traditional affairs).

Provincial ANC secretary Lucky Ndinisa said the SACP could not question the list process as they and alliance partners such as Sanco and Cosatu were part of it.

“When they say it was flawed, I don’t know what they’re talking about. The list was generated by all alliance members from the branch level and ... for lack of a better word ... this was an alliance list conference. We all participated,” Ndinisa said.

Majuba said the ANC’s rejection of candidates supported by communities was “unfortunate”.

The ANC lost a veteran politician, Joe Nkuna, who defected to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after they replaced him with another candidate even though the community had preferred him to stand as ward 21 candidate in KaNyamazane township in by-elections taking place this week.

“This behaviour is anti-ANC and will make communities hostile to the movement,” said Majuba.

Ndinisa said he would investigate the Nkuna matter but insisted that this was still an ANC process and communities were not final arbiters on who should stand as candidates.

Majuba said that these ANC leaders hated SACP members and, as a result, he claimed some have been threatened with assassinations and fired from government jobs without valid reasons.

He made an example of an SACP provincial executive member whom the ANC fired as Ehlanzeni District Municipality speaker after he was wrongfully implicated in the murder of the council chief whip, Johan Ndlovu.

A witness in the Ndlovu case alleged that Milton Morema – a former mayor of Bushbuckridge – had ordered the hit but later changed his statement and said police had coerced him into implicating the politician.

The ANC demoted Morema to an ordinary councillor and did not reinstate him when he was cleared, even though it had promised the SACP to do so.

Majuba said: “We met with the ANC and agreed that since there was no evidence against Morema, he should be reinstated. They then run away when they have to implement that decision and Morema is treated in this manner because he’s an SACP member.”

Ndinisa said the ANC reserved the right to deploy and redeploy members.

“Morema has been and ANC member so it’s not necessary for the SACP to question who’s a communist among our members. We’d like to caution them to stop raising the issue of killings as if the ANC has something to do with them,” Ndinisa said.

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