Western Cape SACP rebukes Zuma and 'declining' ANC

2017-07-02 18:05
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Cape Town - The Western Cape branch of the SACP on Sunday continued its outspoken criticism of alliance partner, the ANC, calling for President Jacob Zuma’s removal and warning that the ruling party was set to self-destruct. 

"The ANC is on a dangerous declining path which will degenerate and destroy the movement," said the Western Cape’s SA Communist Party in a media statement issued following its provincial council.

It reiterated its call for Zuma to exit his position.

"The council noted that whilst removing Zuma will not solve our problems, keeping him there is exacerbating our problems hence his removal would serve as a strong step towards self-correction."

Furthermore, the SACP’s provincial division added that recent occurrences with the ANC provincial executive council (PEC) "represent...symptoms of a deeper crisis".

The party condemned what is described as "divisive tendencies" at the ANC’s recently aborted provincial policy conference.  It also alleged that meetings were "held in the dark of night to the exclusion of other PEC members".

On Sunday, the City Press newspaper reported that the ANC’s national executive committee would intervene after the PEC had dissolved the leadership of the party’s Cape Town metropole – the Dullah Omar region.

Earlier in June, a PEC meeting was disrupted by certain party members. The tensions in the provincial structures are alleged to be due to different factions supporting either Cyril Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next ANC president.

The ruling party needed to "combat factionalism", as well as "enforce discipline", said the SACP’s Western Cape branch.

The provincial unit said that its party would "provide leadership of the progressive forces, against the decadence in the ANC".

The council had, therefore, reaffirmed that it wanted the party to discuss "an electoral route".

Also read: ANC MPs who vote against the party on motion of no confidence are suicide bombers - Mbalula

The party also lambasted the Democratic Alliance for various issues – especially those affecting the province.

It alleged that when it came to the DA’s response to protests in Hout Bay by residents of an informal settlement who had suffered fire damage, compared to how it helped fire victims in Knysna. “There is even stratification of support to Knysna victims in terms of economic status.”

The party also congratulated Parliament on its investigations into various state-owned entities. It said that it was ready to make representations to portfolio committees.

The 14th SACP National Congress will be held on July 10 – 15th in Boksburg.

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