‘Address crisis in the ruling alliance’

2015-06-28 06:15

The current weaknesses in the ANC alliance could mark the beginning of the end for the governing party’s rule, according to the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco).

Speaking ahead of the alliance summit involving the ANC, Cosatu, the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the civic organisation, Sanco national spokesperson Godfrey Nkosi said the allies needed to acknowledge that there was a “crisis”.

“We are at our weakest level as the alliance; we have never been this weak. If we are not careful and honest and make proper introspections, this will be the beginning of the end of the alliance and the ANC as a ruling party,” said Nkosi.

Unity is topping the agenda of the summit that’s taking place this weekend. The gathering is aimed at dealing with issues facing the governing alliance, including the implosion of Cosatu, and the growing challenge from opposition parties ahead of next year’s municipal elections.

Among the issues Sanco believes need fixing is the unequal relationship of the ANC with its allies. Nkosi said it was Sanco’s view that the other allies had made a mistake by making the ANC the leader of the alliance, thus making them junior partners.

“We’re not happy and the mistake we made was to say the ANC was the leader of the alliance. It was correct before we came into power, but now the ANC should be part of the alliance and avoid the present situation where we have it as a player and referee at the same time,” said Nkosi.

He added that a “clear distinction” needed to be made between the ANC and the state.

“We do not want a situation where the government does something wrong and the ANC protects it. We don’t want to see the ANC going to Parliament to defend government; we must leave it to government to defend itself,” he added.

The SACP’s Solly Mapaila said the party would want the summit to tackle what he called the ANC’s failure to assert its power in running the state.

This included Parliament, where the ANC was being overshadowed by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

He said government’s state-owned enterprises were sitting on huge resources that were not being used to benefit its agenda.

Mapaila lamented the fact that board members of state-run institutions were using their positions to improperly enrich themselves while not fulfilling their fiduciary duties. He cited the collapse of the Post Office while its board was in place.

Mapaila said the SACP was tired of talking about job creation while little appeared to be happening.

The SACP would propose to the summit that the defence force be used as a tool to train young people.

“They can train young people in engineering, pilots and other critical aspects of defence such as technology,” said Mapaila.

The communists would also emphasise the country’s industrialisation strategy. The party would also insist that Eskom be kept in state hands and its role in the provision of power strengthened.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said unity would be the dominant subject at the alliance summit.

“We’re talking about unity and the strengthening of the alliance,” he said.
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