Why ANC, SACP meeting was cancelled

2017-09-03 06:00
Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

Blade Nzimande (File, City Press)

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The consistent push by the SA Communist Party (SACP) for President Jacob Zuma to hand in his resignation was among several thorny issues that led to the last-minute cancellation of this week’s much-anticipated bilateral meeting between the ANC and its alliance member.

The reason given was that the SACP failed to convince the ANC to agree on the agenda.

However, it is suspected that the ANC did not want the meeting to go ahead while its top six were not agreed on a uniform approach.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa did not respond to inquiries by City Press.

Zuma has previously refused to meet his SACP allies because of their repeated calls for him to step down and their banning him from alliance gatherings.

But it has since emerged that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and the SACP’s first deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila met on Monday night to try to iron out points of disagreement.

SACP spokesperson Mhlekwa Nxumalo said both parties met to reprioritise items on the agenda.

He added that the meeting would reconvene in two weeks’ time. “We will ensure that the process is finalised and that we have something concrete by next Monday to ensure that the meeting sits.”

Nxumalo said that, in addition to the Zuma matter, the ANC wanted the SACP to clarify an issue its members have opined on over the past few months – namely, the reconfiguration of the tripartite alliance and what this would mean.

The SACP believes that the alliance’s way of functioning is outdated.

It is especially unhappy that the ANC, particularly Zuma, consistently fails to consult the tripartite alliance before making crucial decisions about deployments and policy shifts.

“The ANC wants to understand the SACP’s perspective on exactly what a reconfiguration of the alliance means.

“ANC officials say that we continue to call for this. They do not understand and want details,” said Nxumalo, adding that ANC officials also wanted to understand the SACP’s resolutions on contesting elections.

The meeting was cancelled an hour before it was scheduled to start at Luthuli House.

Mantashe and SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande agreed by phone to postpone the meeting because of disagreements about the agenda.

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