Remove political thugs, says SACP

2011-03-23 00:00

THE South African Communist Party (SACP) in KwaZulu-Natal has called on the ANC in the province to protect the democratic process from political “thuggery” by removing election candidates accused of corruption and other charges.

SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu told a Durban press conference yesterday that this was part of the resolutions taken at the SACP and the Young Communist League’s (YCL) joint lekgotla this past weekend. “The party is very disappointed by massive manipulation of the nomination process by the so-called ‘grassroots’ leaders from the ANC and the alliance partners including the SACP. The party is disturbed by the inclusion of candidates who are still facing allegations of corruption, maladministration, fraud and incompetence,” Mthembu said.

Mthembu said the SACP believes this might lead to high levels of voter apathy as a result of the behaviour of some individuals in the nomination.

“It is for this reason that we call on the ANC to afford the masses the ear on their complaints about the massive manipulation.”

Mthembu said they plan to hold a meeting with the ANC to fix the flawed nominations before Friday’s deadline for the submission of party candidates’ lists.

ANC structures across the province have filed numerous complaints claiming that the process was flawed by certain leaders.

The SACP welcomed the probe into widespread allegations of corruption in the eThekwini Municipality, announced by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube. However, Mthembu said they are disturbed by the fact that it took 10 years for this corruption to be uncovered.

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