Don't use SACP to settle scores with ANC - Nzimande

2015-07-08 18:17
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Johannesburg - Those calling for the SACP to break away from its tripartite alliance and contest the elections are doing it out of frustration, General Secretary Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.

"The push about whether we should contest is out of frustration at how some of the ANC structures are treating us," Nzimande told a hall full of SA Communist Party members attending a special national congress held at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus.

"We must also engage the ANC to please contain some of your leaders who are using ANC structures to pursue anti-SACP and Cosatu policies."

He urged SACP members with scores to settle with the ANC to do some introspection.

"One of our biggest problems is the Mpumalanga branches."

Earlier this year, ANC and SACP members clashed in Mpumalanga during a meeting where former ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa was expected to give a memorial lecture on the late Mbombela council speaker, Jimmy Mohlala, and SACP stalwart, Joe Slovo.

According to the City Press the fight erupted when ANC members wearing the party’s regalia stopped the SACP from entering the KaNyamazane hall.

Many were treated at clinics and hospitals after the clash, the newspaper reported.

Nzimande also accused the media of contributing to the divisions through articles on the party and the state of the tripartite union with Cosatu and the ANC.

"Some of the people in the media are not our friends and want to divide the alliance. They want to weaken us."

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