Shun Vavi and Jim, SACP members told

2015-07-08 19:03
(City Press)

(City Press)

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Johannesburg - SACP members should shun defectors such as Numsa's Irvin Jim and former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and defend the tripartite alliance, SACP chairperson Senzeni Zokwana said on Wednesday.

"Those who lead this clique of Vavi and Jim... they speak of 9 unions when only two are still with them. They want to believe that they still have a following," Zokwana said.

He was speaking at the opening of the SACP's four-day special national congress held at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus.

Zokwana called on delegates to put the two men in their place.

"It is us who must tell the truth, it is us who must shame them, it is us who must defend the party. We must defend Cosatu, we should defend the ANC so that this alliance is stronger."

He said "fake communists" within the party should be exposed and those who still supported Jim and Vavi should leave the alliance.

The congress, which had 917 registered delegates, ends on Saturday.

Various topics are being discussed, including the rebuilding of Cosatu, building a women's movement within the party, the mobilisation of the youth to the party and to the ANC's Youth League, as well as dealing with the party's own internal problems.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to address the congress on Thursday on behalf of the ruling party and President Jacob Zuma, and who is attending a Brics summit in Russia.

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