SACP denies DA-backing claims

2011-05-04 12:47

The Northern Cape’s SA Communist Party (SACP) branch today distanced itself from claims that the party was supporting the DA in the May 18 municipal elections.

The SACP had never proclaimed support for any Democratic Alliance candidate, provincial secretary Norman Shushu said today.

“We believe that the Democratic Alliance and its surrogate structures are an extension of monopoly white capital that has no interest of serving the interests of the working class and poor of our country,” he said in statement.

Business Day reported today that the provincial SACP leadership and its youth wing, the Young Communist League, were supporting the DA in Britstown, and demanding the ANC remove its unpopular candidate Lionel Nyl from the party list.

SACP executive member Booi Welkom was quoted as saying: “We love the ANC but unfortunately the local, regional and provincial leadership has failed us. We are now forced to vote for the Democratic Alliance to protest against this candidate.”

Welkom was reportedly one of five potential ANC candidates, but the party opted for Nyl, a councillor for the past 10 years.

According to Shushu there was no record of either Booi or Xolile Oliphant being SACP executive committee members. Business Day quoted Oliphant calling on the ANC to disband the party’s leadership in Britstown.

Said Sushu: “We have communicated to our district leadership in the Joe Slovo district [De Aar area] to investigate the matters and report these impersonations to both the Independent Electoral Commission and the police.”

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