Blade’s SACP job secure

2009-12-10 09:18

The future of the South African Communist Party (SACP) boss appears

to be secure after the party’s bigwigs stressed that the special national

congress taking place in Limpopo would not result in any leadership


Speaking at a media briefing in Polokwane yesterday on the eve of

the party’s four-day conference, SACP national organiser Solly Mapaila made it

clear that the general secretary’s position currently occupied by Blade Nzimande

was not up for grabs.

“This is not an elective conference,” he said.

The majority of SACP branches had not proposed that the meeting

should elect a new leadership, said Mapaila.

He said such a proposal was supposed to have been made before the

conference started, and so far none had been received.

This puts paid to any attempt by a faction within the party that

wanted to unseat Nzimande.

They had argued that Nzimande’s dual roles – as both party general

secretary and higher education minister – would weaken the SACP as his position

in the party is supposed to be a full-time one.

They wanted the SACP chief to choose between the two positions,

arguing that the party’s constitution could not be amended to suit one


However, Nzimande downplayed the debate on his position, saying

there were other leaders in the tripartite alliance holding more than one


“I do not really understand what the issue is here,” said Nzimande,

adding that the debate should not have been personal and vulgar.

He added that those who raised the matter were “wrong and


Nzimande insisted that “many leaders in the alliance hold many

positions and play various roles and this applies to me”.

For the next four days, the party will discuss the role of its

deployees in government, economic transformation and rural development, among


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