SACP: Poverty must be remedied

2012-07-07 20:15

The SACP says it is going into a “historic” congress on Wednesday satisfied that President Jacob Zuma is dealing with the needs of South Africa’s people.

In an interview with City Press, Solly Mapaila, head of the SACP general secretary’s office, said the Richards Bay congress would be backed by more members than ever – 160 000.

This was up from the 51 000 members five years ago, Mapaila claimed. The congress will be attended by 2 300 delegates.

Delegates will discuss ways to make its members more “accountable” to the party, Mapaila said on Friday.

Mapaila said poverty needed to be dealt with.

“The majority of people would not say they fought for democracy, to be poor and unemployed. They fought for the reverse,” he said.

Mapaila said “capitalism was South Africa’s problem”.

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