Nzimande has sights on EFF, wants it to 'die an organisational' death

2015-07-11 22:11


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Soweto - SA Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzimande stood by his earlier statement that the Young Communist League (YCL) should take on the Economic Freedom Fighters to make sure the party ''dies''.

''They must engage them ideologically, they must engage them politically, they must engage them on the ground in terms of ensuring that the EFF dies...

''Alright, we don't mean physical death, we mean organisational death,'' he said, when asked to expand on his comments that the YCL taken them on at the SACP's Special National Congress earlier this week.

The YCL would be the more appropriate structure to take them on, because they are young.

Nzimande said the EFF came from ''our structures'', referring to EFF president Julius Malema presiding over the ANC Youth League before he was kicked out of the party.

But, he added, ''we always have factory faults, like any production process''.

The EFF took exception to Nzimande's comments earlier this week posting a statement on its website calling him ''anti-democratic, anti-intellectual and anti-educational'', and said he was promoting intolerance.

Nzimande urged the alliance partners - the SACP, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the ruling African National Congress - to get the alliance to ''function right''.

He called for meetings and a commitment to deal with the many problems at sub-national level where in some provinces there was hardly any working relationship in some regions, citing Mpumalanga as one.

''Because that's partly the reason why sometimes some of our comrades feel that we need to go it alone,'' he said, after earlier declaring that although they would provide electoral support to the ANC, they still sometimes consider contesting elections by themselves as a party.

''Because in some instances [members of alliance structures] they really feel abused by some of the leaders of the ANC who use ANC structures to pursue agendas that are at variance with the policy of the ANC with regards to the alliance.''

Presently the Congress of SA Trade Unions is dealing with the fallout of the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA and some unions who are demanding that they be readmitted.

Cosatu is holding its own Special National Congress starting on Monday, without Numsa, which tried unsuccessfully to get a court to hear why it should be allowed to attend.

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