ANC alliance finally dislodged president gone wrong - SACP

2018-02-15 08:21


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Cape Town - Former President Jacob Zuma’s resignation was not a "willing stepping-down", only a "protracted struggle from within the ANC and its alliance [which] has finally dislodged this president gone wrong", the South African Communist Party (SACP) has said.

It was proud of the role it had played from within the alliance and the ANC caucus, the SACP said in a statement, saying the "belated resignation" was something that "should have happened a long time ago".

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"The levels of parasitic looting of public resources that have occurred under [outgoing] president Zuma’s watch, the firing of ministers who have stood in his way, the erosion of the hard-won rule of law, the perversion of key state institutions notably in the criminal justice system, the manipulation of the public broadcaster, and the auctioning off of our national sovereignty in the pursuit of private accumulation have caused huge damage to our country," it said.

"Going forward, we must be under no illusions that the struggle against corporate capture of the state, and against the looting of public resources, has ended. Today an important breakthrough has been achieved."

Zuma’s resignation "must now become a bridge-head for pursuing further action", the SACP added.

"The momentum of self-correction from within the ANC and state must be sustained and accelerated. Never again must we allow an individual, whatever their struggle credentials, to stand above organisational discipline, collective leadership and the democratic rule of law.

"One of the critical tasks South Africans need to complete as we move forward, is that of intensifying the battle to dismantle parallel state mechanisms, including rogue intelligence units and associated parasitic networks. Rogue intelligence is more likely going to be used to try and tarnish the image of sections of the leadership of our movement and civil society."

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