‘Enemy is within the ruling party’ -SACP

2016-05-06 06:00
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THE hostilities and factionalism that is happening within the ruling party are causing the South African Communist Party (SACP) to worry that the party will lose certain municipalities during elections.

The local government elections take place on 3 August. Sikhumbuzo Mdlalose was addressing more than 500 people at an SACP gathering in Wasbank in Umzimkhulu on Saturday.

This was a rally of closing Freedom Month and a memorial lecture of former SACP secretary, Chris Hani. Mdalose said the ruling party has no enemy outside.

“The ruling party leaders are campaigning to be elected for another term to be in power so as to send their children to schools in America and drive nice cars and forget about poor people on the ground. Local government elections in 2011 were good because there were no factions within the ruling party,” said Mdlalose. He added that today some people are campaigning taking advantage of the splits.

“The ANC is treated like an employment entity that employs people to feed their own stomachs and then refuses to step down when their five-year term ends.”

Addressing the challenges faced by the ruling party during selection of ward candidates, Mdlalose said the SACP feels sidelined by the ruling party.

“As the alliance we should be involved at list conferences.”

He said it is sad for SACP to watch party members plotting assassinations against each other for positions.

“The ruling party should serve the purpose of former leaders including Nelson Mandela, Goven Mbeki, Chris Hani and many more. Other leaders forfeit their lives while fighting with the enemy (former government) not fighting for positions.”

Mdlalose warned the ruling party to deal with the enemy within that is destroying the party.
“If the ANC loses Ethekwini Municipality it will mean that the party has killed its self.”

He added that the red color of the communist party means that there are people who lost their lives for a democratic country.

“It’s not a fashion to wear red beret, overalls and t-shits. We (SACP) don’t understand why there is an opposition party that is using our red colors.”

The ruling party of Umzimkhulu sub-region chair, Xolani Tshazi, advised community members not to allow party leaders to impose on them during the election of ward candidates.

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