Vavi warns against being subordinate to ANC

2009-12-11 14:04


COSATU boss Zwelinzima Vavi has warned the SA Communist Party

leadership against the dangers of being surbordinate to the ANC.

Speaking at the SACP congress on Friday Vavi asked the congress to

“decide on the best formula to address the leadership question” saying the

liberation movement had not been built “by skirting difficult and controversial


The congress is expected to discuss constitutional amendments that

will allow secretary Blade Nzimande to keep his position as SACP general

secretary while he continues to serve as higher education minister.

SACP chairperson Gwede Mantashe has already proposed that two

full-time secretaries be appointed to help run the party.

The proposals are expected to come up for discussion during the

course of the congress.

“As we engage in this debate we need to balance between two

extremes. One extreme is to completely miss the opportunity now presented by the

post-Polokwane (ANC elective conference) moment through some undefined militant


“We do not struggle so that others can be our rulers. We more than

ever before are presented an opportunity to deploy our leaders to key levels of

power so that they can be in the forefront of the transformation project.

cannot abstain from this challenge nor can we afford to subcontract it to


“But there is another extreme that I hope you will be alive to its

dangers. We cannot afford the risk of subordinating the party to the ANC. We

need a careful mechanism to ensure that the SACP has leaders that spend adequate

time in the party building programmes,” Vavi said.

The left in the tripartite alliance has recently come under attack

from leaders who fear a communist takeover of the ANC.

Vavi urged the delegates to channel their energies towards

preserving unity in the tripartite alliance, saying it would be “folly to

abandon the ANC when we are confronted by these imminent contradictions”.

“Leaving the ANC because we are upset by some problematic

pronouncements from a minority is a betrayal of (the) masses who voted for

change,” he said

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