SACP will not be drawn into mud-slinging

2009-12-18 11:49

The SACP will not stoop to mudslinging, character assassination,

factionalism and narrow chauvinism with the ANC Youth League, the party has


Tripartite alliance members should focus on defending the unity of

the three bodies and on “core challenges” rather than infighting, SACP spokesman

Malesela Maleka said.

Maleka said the SACP’s call for mature engagement across the

alliance, and its unqualified support for the message delivered by President

Jacob Zuma to the SACP’s special national congress this past weekend, was being

misinterpreted in some quarters.

“At our congress, the SACP’s chairperson, general secretary and

deputy general secretary all criticised the disrespect shown to ANC NEC member,

comrade Billy Masetlha, and to the ANCYL president,” said Maleka.

“We have no intention of retracting condemnations of this


Without mentioning names, he said it was notable there had been “no

apology or even the vaguest hint of self-reflection from some other quarters.

Instead, there has been open defiance of the ANC president, with war-drums being

beaten,” he said.

After he was booed at the SACP congress, ANC Youth League president

Julius Malema said the league would go to war against the party.

Maleka said: “There has been no apology for the deliberate and

disruptive commotion at our congress, purposely staged in the full glare of TV

cameras and news reporters.

“It was a commotion designed to humiliate comrade Gwede Mantashe in

his capacity as ANC secretary-general. This is not the first time in recent

weeks that we have seen attempts to disrupt alliance meetings from exactly the

same small clique.”

The SACP rejected attempts in parts of the media to establish some

kind of “balance of misbehaviour“.

“We accept responsibility for any mistakes on our part, and we have

always immediately sought to correct them.”

He said the issue was costing the SACP and the alliance


“We know that the overwhelming majority of ANC comrades, of ANCYL

members, of alliance supporters in general and, indeed, of South Africans across

the broadest spectrum, know full well where the source of serial mudslinging,

character assassination, factionalism and narrow chauvinism lies,” he


Maleka said the alliance should defend the Freedom Charter’s


“As in the past, the SACP calls on alliance partners to implement

individual declarations of interest by all its leadership. It is imperative that

we dispel any hint or allegation of positions being adopted on the basis of

lavish personal sponsorships.”

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