eThekwini SACP threatens to pull out of ANC election campaign

2016-05-31 21:33
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Durban – The South African Communist Party in the eThekwini region is threatening to pull out of the ANC's local government election campaign, because it is not satisfied with the candidate nomination lists.

It has also hit back at comments, purportedly made by deputy chairperson of the ANC and newly appointed premier, Willies Mchunu, at a rally at the weekend.

The SACP’s Magwaza Maphalala District [eThekwini] executive committee met at the weekend to discuss the latest political developments in the province.

It said that Mchunu had allegedly told a gathering at Moses Mabhida Stadium's People's Park that people must accept the results of the nomination processes and not challenge them.

The party said in a statement that it respected Mchunu as a central committee member of the SACP deployed in Moses Mabhida in KwaZulu-Natal.

"Among other things that comrade Willies mentioned was that he was retiring from politics and comrade Zandile Gumede, the current ANC regional chairperson’s faction, recalled him into politics.

"To us this is a payback period to the faction. In essence, he simply meant that he owes his current political existence to Zandile’s faction."

The SACP said that, at some point, Mchunu criticised the notion of speaking about challenges facing alliance partners in the public domain.

"We listened to him, thinking about his wisdom as a cadre of our movement with unquestionable credentials. But little did we know that Willies will quickly practice exactly what he was criticising.

"In fact, it is now difficult for us as in the SACP to have trust on the ANC processes if its senior leaders are publicly endorsing fraudulent outcomes which are still under scrutiny as per submission of objections from our branches."

The SACP said it would not accept candidates who were nominated fraudulently against the people's will.

"We would like to put it on record, in our district, that it will be very difficult for the SACP to campaign for the imposed candidates in eThekwini region until all the hot spot areas like Folweni Township, Umbumbulu and Umlazi are attended to. All the ward disputes are dealt with fairly and honestly, all those who have violated the list process guidelines are dealt with and all those who topped the list during the ward conferences be retained.

"We also want the ANC to listen to the masses and learn from them, for the political killings to be dealt with and those who are committing these crimes [to be] brought to book together with their masters."

The party intended suspending its participation from Branch Election Teams in all wards and Local Election Teams within the district.

"We are also requesting the PEC of the SACP to temporarily suspend our participation in Regional Election Team and the Regional List Committee because we view the whole process as a farce, pending the resolution on the above concerns."

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