SACP members heckle ‘parliamentary’ Nzimande

2011-08-01 00:00

THE factionalism that has caused cracks in the ANC-alliance yesterday saw defiant South African Communist Party (SACP) supporters sing in protest while SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande tried to address the party’s 90th Anniversary in Durban.

In what is believed to be a sign of protest against Nzimande accepting the post as the national government’s minister of Higher Education, the small but noisy faction sang “Asiyifuni i-agenda yasePhalamende” (We don’t want a parliamentary agenda) as Nzimande started to deliver his keynote address at the celebrations, held at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont township.

The group showed the same disrespect during the address by Young Communist League (YCL) general secretary Buti Manamela and South African Civics Organisation (Sanco) president Ruth Bhengu.

It is not clear why Bhengu was targeted, but the SACP in KZN are known to be against Manamela’s re-election during the YCL’s elective conference.

However, there were no such displays of disrespect during president Jacob Zuma’s speech nor during Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s address.

Zuma hailed the SACP’s role in the struggle for liberation and said the party is now faced with a challenge to lead a struggle for economic liberation of the poor in informal settlements and rural areas.

“As the alliance we have to be united in the fight against corruption … Lets fight corruption together and if one of us is trapped in corruption the fight against corruption must not be affected, it should continue,” Zuma said.

Nzimande called on the alliance to “expose and flush out all tenderpreneurs from the ranks of our movement.”

“There are those both within our liberation movement who are uncomfortable with the presence of a principled and activist Communist Party within the Alliance…

“They want to plunder the resources of our country; they want to steal from the working class and poor communities.

“These are the brazen tenderpreneurs and capitalist accumulators who steal the language of ordinary people in order to accumulate for themselves.

“It is their money politics that lies behind the disruptive factional politics that distracts us from taking forward the struggle for a non-racial, democratic united South Africa,” Nzimande said.

Vavi called on the SACP to intensify the fight to transform the lives of the workers and the poor and to challenge the narrow and selfish interests of rich big business elite.

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