Alliance against being bought and bans booing

2016-02-19 11:15
Sihle Zikalala. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Sihle Zikalala. (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Business people are pumping in money to influence the leadership outcomes of the alliance partners.

The provincial ANC, SACP, Cosatu and Sanco — together making up the Political Alliance Council — yesterday said in a statement the “creeping foreign tendency of corporate capture” was compromising internal democracy and was of concern.

“We agreed that our internal processes should and will never be influenced by the use of money from businesses.

“Processes belong to the structure and members of the alliance in good standing engage politically in a democratic process about who to lead in the alliance,” said the statement.

The council agreed that the alliance secretariat should develop a document to be discussed in an alliance summit on how to stop the “infiltration of our movement by private businesses”.

Political analyst Protas Madlala said the “capitalist system has corrupted democracy”.

“Business people pump money into election campaigns to stand in a better position to get tenders afterwards.

“The phenomenon is big and is international. Even in the upcoming elections in the USA certain businesses are supporting certain individuals because of business interests,” he said.

The alliance partners in the province held their first alliance political council since the provincial ANC conference held in November last year.

Madlala said the recent alliance council was an attempt by the ANC to amend relations before the local government elections.

“It is public knowledge that there is that strained relationship within the alliance partners in the province.

“The ANC will need their partners in the upcoming local government election,” he said.

The SACP in the province had first instructed their members to withdraw their participation in the councillor candidates nomination process, and later called for the ANC to rerun the whole nomination process citing irregularities. However, yesterday the council announced that it had agreed that all alliance partners without exception will participate in all structures, processes and campaigns leading to the elections.

“The Alliance agreed that where there were existing challenges, the leadership will intervene as we all want to see the ANC achieve a resounding victory in the local government elections.”

The council also announced that it had agreed to ban booing and insulting of leaders at public gatherings and in the media including social media and any alliance platforms.

After the provincial ANC conference, alliance partners have been seen booing each other.

Not even chairperson Sihle Zikalala was spared the heckling, as he was booed at the 30th anniversary of Cosatu in Durban last year.

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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