SACP leadership told to promote peace

2018-02-09 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoAddressing the SACP elective congress is SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

PHOTO: siphelele nketoAddressing the SACP elective congress is SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu.

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NEW leaders of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Harry Gwala District were told to maintain peace in Umzimkhulu at an elective congress held in Clydesdale Hall last Saturday.

Ntlantla Zungu, former SACP Greater Umzimkhulu secretary, was elected district secretary and Vuyiswa Qakaza, the former SACP Greater Kokstad co-ordinator, was elected deputy secretary.

Other elected people include Xolani Stemela as chairperson, Nontuthuko Zulu as treasurer and Zoliswa Nyide as deputy chairperson. The congress also elected 20 executive committee members.

Speaking at the congress, SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu called on the new leadership to build unity and refrain from forming factions because that will destroy the party.

“SACP members need to be politically educated in order to know what to do for the party. We want members who will actively participate in dialogues and fight for poor people,” said Mthembu.

He said Umzimkhulu was once a peaceful area that has now has turned violent after a number of politicians were gunned down last year. He called on members of the party to promote unity. “People also need to speak about development and promote social cohesion. Umzimkhulu is an agricultural area and people need to benefit,” added Mthembu.

Umzimkhulu Young Communist League deputy chairperson Chuma Mdazuka said the country is facing crushing poverty and unemployment and the SACP needs to address that with government.

“Many young people have been turned away at tertiary institutions because there is a lack of space and this is not right because they are hungry for education,” said Mdazuka.

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