Tenderpreneurs the new enemy

2010-09-13 00:00

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is under siege from “tenderpreneurs” and the enemies of the tripartite alliance within the ruling ANC, similar to the one he was under before the elective Polokwane conference in 2007, said SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande.

Nzimande, who is also the Minister of Higher Education, shared this during his keynote address at the provincial general council of the SACP held in Durban yesterday.

Nzimande said attacks faced by Zuma were intensifying as the national general council (NGC) of the ANC, which is scheduled for next week, draws closer.

He said the call for ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe to be replaced by former ANC Youth League president Fikile Mbalula “are just showing shots” with the actual attack aimed at Zuma.

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) had publicly called for Mantashe to be replaced by Mbalula at the 2012 ANC national conference.

“The head they want is our man from Inkandla (Zuma’s hometown).

“We as the SACP will stand by Zuma. Those that are against him must know that they are against the entire working class itself.

“The single biggest threat to our revolution and alliance unity is money, dirty money. If we leave the country to the hands of people driven by money only, history will not forgive us for doing that…

“We elected Zuma because of the quality of leadership we saw in him. He is committed to alliance unity. He is prepared to lead an ANC that is responsible to its branches…,” Nzimande said.

The SACP boss called on the ANC to intensify the struggle against what he termed “dirty money” from unscrupulous tenders.

“If we allow them (tenderpreneurs) to take over SA, they will take it to tender and sell it to the highest bidder, one big imperialist.

“As the SACP let us use the (coming) NGC to more forcefully place into the agenda the connection between narrow BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) funding and organisational challenges we are facing.

He questioned whether the SACP’s support for black economic empowerment (BEE) “particularly BEE codes that require percentage targets for capitalist ownership” were not at the heart of exposing “our movement to the material conditions” that were having a negative impact on the movement.

Meanwhile Nzimande denied reports by a Sunday newspaper that Cosatu has called on him to quit as SACP general-secretary because his position in government was “paralysing” the party.

He said the issue had been debated within the party and it was agreed how SACP leaders should relate to government affairs without compromising the organisation.

“We see no clash in our involvement with the government.

“This is no enemy government and there had always been communist (leaders) in our government,” he said.

On reports that the SACP failed to support the recent public servants’ strike because it had been “consumed by government”, Nzimande said the SACP supported the strike, but called for it to end because its continuation negatively affected the alliance.

The council was also addressed by the general-secretary of the Young Communist League, Buti Manamela.

In a thinly-veiled criticism of the ANCYL, he lambasted “people who shout slogans in the name of the working class when it suits their own personal interests”.

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