ANC task team harbours ‘anti-communist agenda’

2010-11-21 08:49

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in North West can’t wait to see the back of the ANC’s provincial task team, which they accuse of harbouring an anti-communist agenda.

“The outgoing premier (Maureen Modiselle) and her political handlers, including Sakkie Mofokeng (the task team’s chairperson), were openly anti-SACP,” said SACP spokesperson Kaizer Mohau.

“Their media and open political speeches were dedicated to attacking the SACP and Cosatu (the Congress of South African Trade Unions).”

The task team was put in place in August last year by the ANC’s national executive committee after the provincial executive committee, consisting mainly of ANC members aligned to former president Thabo Mbeki, was disbanded.

Communists in North West charge that the majority of the task team are spearheading the so-called 2012 project, which is designed to isolate communists and target those in positions of power in the ANC like secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Mantashe will be up against national executive committee member Fikile Mbalula for the position of ANC secretary-general in 2012.

Mbalula enjoys the backing of the ANC Youth League in his battle against Mantashe. The young lions have also been accused of wanting to drive the communists out of the ruling party.

Mohau said despite repeated attempts to engage the task team and Modiselle, they were always sidelined from the decision-making processes.

“We are certain that the task team has never acted in the interests of the movement or the people of the province,” he said.

“We believe it has always sought to undermine the alliance in the interests of political factionalism and its anti-communist agenda aimed at trying to mobilise the province towards their intentions, come the 2012 national elective conference of the ANC.”

The task team will cease to exist next month when the party elects the new provincial executive committee.

The SACP and Cosatu still maintain that the sacking of former sports MEC Grace Bothman was driven by the task team’s hatred of communist elements in the tripartite alliance.

They say Bothman, a staunch SACP member, was relieved of her duties in an unfair manner. The task team literally ran the province because Modiselle lacked leadership and took orders from the interim structure, they charge. They have thrown their weight behind the new provincial cabinet under Thandi Modise.

“The reshuffling in our understanding comes amid many major provincial problems emanating from mismanagement, corruption and political factionalism. We are certain that, given her (Modise’s) political maturity and leadership, she will help in building the ANC that we know – the ANC of Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani, Harry Gwala and many others,” said Mohau.

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