‘Tripartite no longer valued’

2015-11-18 11:04
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Pietermaritzburg - KZN SA Communist Party (SACP) leaders have raised concerns over strained relationships with its tripartite alliance partners in the province.

Recently tension between ANC and SACP leaders in the province have played out in the open.

The divisions started to show when the SACP declared its support for Senzo Mchunu to be re-elected as the ANC chairperson in the run up to ANC’s provincial conference.

The provincial ANC Youth League, which supported Sihle Zikalala for the provincial chairperson, exchanged a few heated arguments with the SACP in the media.

SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said it was clear that some leaders in the alliance did not value the alliance.

“This is a reckless, irresponsible divisive practice and must be stopped.

“The well-orchestrated and co-ordinated attack on our general secretary Blade Nzimande and the peddling of anti-communist sentiments in KZN is all seen as a broader well thought agenda to dislodge the Communist within the alliance and government,” he said.

University of KwaZulu-Natal political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu said the current tensions proved that former president Kgalema ­Motlanthe’s “alliance is dead” ­statement is not “so wrong”.

The SACP said it will push for the ANC to better manage transitions as the party approaches the 2017 ­national conference. “We are ­witnessing conduct and behaviour that tends to divide our organisations, the alliance, the government and the country,” said Mthembu.

“Corporate capture appears to be the greatest threat to our movement. There are people amongst us who want to steal people’s revolutionary gains from the jaws of victory and hand it over to the capitalists.”

• sabelo.nsele@witness.co.za

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