SACP, Cosatu call for unity

2007-12-19 17:12

Polokwane - Jacob Zuma's victory in the ANC leadership battle should not be a signal for revenge or retribution, the party's alliance partners said on Wednesday.

"This is not a moment for triumphalism or factional revenge," SA Communist Party secretary-general Blade Nzimande said in Polokwane.

"These inclinations will simply plunge us into another cycle of inward-focused manoeuvring. Let us devote our energies to uniting around the tasks of transformation."

Nzimande was briefing reporters at the national conference of the African National Congress.

His words were echoed by Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who said Cosatu appealed to all members of the ANC and its alliance partners to accept the outcome of the democratic process.

The alliance leadership could not afford retribution or vengeance.

"This is a historic moment in our movement and our country," he said.

"We look forward to working closely together to take forward the national democratic revolution and transform the lives of all South Africans."

Vavi said the leadership's priority had to be to make South Africa's second ten years of democracy a decade for the workers and the poor.

Both the SACP and Cosatu backed Zuma in the contest for the ANC presidency.

Nzimande said the SACP believed the electoral renewal of the ANC leadership provided a platform on which to rebuild the tripartite alliance, which has come under increasing pressure in recent years.

"For too long intra-alliance relationships have been marked by recriminations and stand-offs."

He said the SACP pledged to be a loyal and reliable ally.

It was critical to reaffirm the ANC's "leading role" in developing broad strategic policy perspectives "without, of course, seeking to micro-manage government".

The conference had provided a platform for a significant renewal and advance of "our progressive movement".