SACP calls for more recognition

2018-10-26 06:01
PHOTOS: siphelele nketoSACP members at the official launch of the Thembisile Hani District.

PHOTOS: siphelele nketoSACP members at the official launch of the Thembisile Hani District.

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THE South African Communist Party (SACP) has vowed to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) during next year’s general elections, however, the party has yet to decide about the 2021 local government elections, depending on whether the ANC recognises its support or not.

The SACP KwaZulu-Natal provincial chairperson, James Nxumalo, confirmed that the party will not contest the elections independently at next year’s elections, instead it will campaign for the ANC to win the elections.

He said the elections are too soon for the party to contest independently.

The relationship between the ANC and the SACP dwindled before the 2016 local government elections and as a result, some SACP branches wanted to contest the elections alone but they were stopped by the national leadership.

At the official launch of the Thembisile Hani District branch at Shayamoya Sport Field in Kokstad recently, speakers attacked the ANC for excluding the SACP when making decisions.

“We put the ANC in power, but when it is time to make decisions we [SACP] are excluded. Some ANC leaders are killing the party by making mistakes and giving opposition parties power to take control,” said Nxumalo at the event, adding that ANC members are killing the party by fighting for positions.

“At the 2021 local government elections, the SACP will take a decision to contest elections independently and the decision will be based on how the ANC treats the SACP,” he said. He called for members of the SACP to continue building branches for the benefit of the party.

Ntuseng Duma from the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) in Harry Gwala, also pointed fingers at the ANC, saying the ANC is surviving because of efforts by the ANCWL and the youth league (ANCYL).

The Thembisile Hani District was established after Greater Kokstad, Umzimkhulu and Ixopo District merged in January 27, 2018.

Thembisile Hani District secretary Ntlahla Zungu said members of the SACP must work hard to better the lives of poor people and follow in the footsteps of their leader, Chris Hani.

He said SACP members must fight corruption in municipalities and government departments, fight for better working conditions for employees, crime and the abuse of children and women.

He added: “We are tired of supporting the ANC when it is time for elections, when after the elections we are not recognised.”

At the event, the South African National Civic Organisation called for the end of political killings in KZN.

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