Nzimande bemoans liberal agenda
Johannesburg - There is a "liberal agenda" to unfairly criticise the liberation movement and the government, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.
"The most concerted expression of this offensive has been around the president's [Jacob Zuma] nomination of Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng to be the chief justice," he said in a statement.
"No sooner had the president made this nomination that a well co-ordinated and orchestrated campaign was launched to try and discredit Justice Mogoeng... to spite the authority of a president whose party was voted for by the overwhelming majority of our people."
Nzimande said the "campaign" was dishonest because the chief justice candidate preferred by liberals was not nominated by Zuma.
"This liberal agenda seeks to project our movement as anti-constitutional, anti the rule of law, and anti-media freedom. We are all being blamed as a movement as 'corrupt', 'racist' and 'sexist'," he said.
On Tuesday, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe criticised alliance partner, Congress of SA Trade Unions' opposition to Mogoeng's nomination.
He told the Food and Allied Workers' Union conference the "fight" about Mogoeng had nothing to do with Mogoeng.
"It is a proxy war against Zuma, the president of the ANC," said Mantashe.
Cosatu said just because they did not agree with Zuma's nomination, it did not mean it was at "war" with him.
Nzimande said the SA Communist Party agreed with Mantashe.
"The entire debate about the chief justice has little to do with the person of the chosen candidate," he said.
"[It] is part of an ongoing battle by the liberals in our society to consistently challenge and show the ANC, and particularly its president, as unable to take good decisions."