We won't engage in public spat with SACP, says KZN ANC

2016-02-02 17:43

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Durban – The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday said it would not engage in a public spat with its alliance partner, the SACP.

Tensions between the two have been simmering, with SACP supporters reportedly booing the ruling party's Sipho Gcabashe at a funeral in Inchanga at the weekend.

Cracks began to surface when Phillip Dlamini, 68, and another person were shot dead during an SACP meeting at a sports ground last week.

The ANC Youth League on Monday called for the resignation of SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

The call came after the SACP in the province announced last week that it had withdrawn all of its members from local government election processes that were under way and suspended any participation until there was national political intervention after the two people were killed.

Speaking about the outcomes of a provincial executive committee lekgotla held on January 30, ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma on Tuesday called for all structures of the tripartite alliance to close ranks in order to continue building a democratic society.

Zuma would not be drawn to discuss the problems the party was having with its alliance partner.

"The ANC has noted the statements attributed to the South African Communist Party in our province, which reflect concerns relating to some of the work towards our local government elections."

Zuma said the relationship between the ANC and the SACP had stood the test of time and that the current "challenges" would be resolved in an amicable and "comradely" spirit.

"As the leader of the alliance, the ANC refuses to be drawn into a public spat which can only serve to harm the image and the integrity of the revolutionary alliance."

Zuma said the ANC valued the alliances it had with the SACP, Cosatu and Sanco.

"We are committed to having an open, frank and comradely discussion to confront and resolve whatever issues arise from our work."

He said the ANC had held a secretariat meeting with the SACP last Thursday, where it discussed issues concerning the SACP.

"We are preparing for another meeting and we will come back to you when we have discussed everything internally."

Zuma said the ANC and the SACP would be able to find common ground.

"Obviously there will be difficulties along the way, but we are confident that we will find each other and that the issues identified will be resolved."

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