SACP members urged to join ANC

2012-07-12 19:15

Kwadlangwezwa - Outgoing SA Communist Party chairperson Gwede Mantashe on Thursday urged members to join the African National Congress.

"Our ability to influence and advance our agenda will be determined by our immersion in the structures and programmes of our alliance partners," he told the SACP elective conference near Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal.

"The reality facing the party today... is that of communists who are not even members of the ANC."

Mantashe said there were several SACP members at national level who held top positions in the ANC and Cabinet.

But there was a lack of "cross-pollination" between the two parties at a provincial level, with the exception of the Eastern Cape.

Mantashe said his decision to step down as chairperson of the party was not newsworthy.

"This [decision] is born of practical consideration that one is doing a disservice to the party by being an absentee chairperson."

Earlier, axed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni featured in songs sung at the start of the conference.

"Malema hates this party but we don't care, Yengeni hates this party but we don't care [asinandaba uMalema uyayizonda le party, asinanda uYengeni uyayizonda le party]", delegates sang.

Yengeni is a member of the national executive committee of the African National Congress. He lost his position of chief whip after accepting a discount on a luxury car during the tendering process for the country's arms deal.

At the time, he was a member of a Parliamentary committee reporting on the arms deal. Yengeni went to prison in 2006, and was released on parole after serving six months of his sentence.

Malema was expelled as president of the ANC Youth League in April.

In another song, some delegates advised him: "Malema don't be in a hurry to fight in a war, because it kills [Malema ungayijahi impi ngoba iyabulala]."

A song in support of President Jacob Zuma was also sung.

"The enemy is near but MK is ready to fight for Msholozi [izinja zilele kufokhona emzini kaMsholozo kodwa amagerilla abuyile]."

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-12 19:20

    Right. That's all we need, more communists in government. Just when I thought it could not get worse.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-12 20:16

      who is the enemy

      Christelle - 2012-07-12 20:20

      My goodness these people are confused. They say that capitalism and inperialism is the enemy. They are their own worst enemy. Sjoe, I have heard of turning in the direction the wind blows, but these guys take the cake.

      makenawn - 2012-07-12 20:41

      How do you become an active member of two political parties.NO back bone for ANC

      rowen.loretz - 2012-07-12 20:59

      I would urge them to have a dump on the ANC flag rather

      sterling.ferguson.5 - 2012-07-13 16:51

      He means all fifty members in the SACP.

  • Chikane - 2012-07-12 19:26

    Mantashe and Nzimande are wolfs in ship's fluffy fur:they are capitalists yet they think they are communists, they shy away from nationalising strategic minerals and talk about banks? This imperialists, they are Zuma's puppets. Mangaung we come with Malema fronting.Beware!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-12 19:28

    Hilarious, voting for a party whose values and doctrines you don't support or uphold. Only in the ANC!

  • nomavo1 - 2012-07-12 19:31

    Uwo! Stupid songs shame,

  • wendy.schneider3 - 2012-07-12 19:37

    your just plain stupid

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-12 19:58

      Do you lot just stand there and make up a song out of thin air? Is this your greatest achievement in a party that is so corrupt and useless it has leedas like this idiot? Man, this country is stuffed!!

  • lownabester - 2012-07-12 19:40

    Gwede why not join the DA, Thats a real party, we dont play around.

      shimeAschendorf - 2012-07-12 20:17

      He must stay with the ANC,we the DA don't want him

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-07-12 19:53

    Ag man who cares abt SACP ther r nothing without ANC,they looser just like their youth league saying yes to everything the ruling party says.wht kind of communist r this?they looser of a worse kind just like this rapist Zuma.

  • frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-12 20:01

    Yeah, exactly what we need....cross-pollination from one putrid carcass to the blue-ass flies taking all that rot with them!

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-12 20:05

    Looks like Gwede and Blade have a popular following at News24

      shimeAschendorf - 2012-07-12 20:21

      No boltonbarry,they don't,those two idiots are the results our country is in this mess,I bet he is promised a position after managing,Gwede the deputy president of the ANC!i bet come the election ANC is going to lose big time.

  • jmasha3 - 2012-07-12 20:08

    SACP members urged to ride a Gravy train.\South African confused Party\.What's their policies?How many members Mantashe?

  • Adil Smit - 2012-07-12 20:19

    How many members in the SAVP?

  • stanton.clarke - 2012-07-12 20:21

    SACP members, join or vote for any political party YOU WANT. Dont let someone else encourage you to support what they think is right.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-12 20:22

    Isnt this unethical. its called double dipping or even triple dipping. Cosatu member, Communist member & ANC member. My vote counts three times.

      Sean Wasserman - 2012-07-12 21:04

      If it is on a ballot paper it is called a spoiled vote ;)

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-07-12 20:28

    The Communists hardly exist in the rest of the world...why do the SACP hang onto out dated ideals...this country has enough problems...we don't need commies to complicate matters even further.

      jack.mcgurkin - 2012-07-13 07:45

      Hardly exists in the world? Are you walking around with blinkers on?

  • raul.curado.1 - 2012-07-12 20:35

    Comies Parties all around the world have already died. Even in China and Cuba!It is obvious why you are clinging to the ANC-just to survive. You should make part of the primitive history and not to the actual history. None of you have any idea how the economy works and you probably dont know the difference between production and growth.

  • duma.nkabinde - 2012-07-12 20:46

    Eishh!! comrades too much singing!

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-07-12 21:04

    So the SACP and the ANC are going to "cross pollinate". Does that mean that they are going to screw each other then?

  • des.cider - 2012-07-12 21:07

    Communism is no longer a threat in most of this world; it has been, and is being eradicated as much as fresh homegrown vegetables are replaced by genetically modified foodstuff. If we can tolerate GM politics in the short time, it will die a natural death also. No need to worry...

  • danielstrike.phele - 2012-07-12 21:45

    The situation has changed. The Party used to rally membership from the ANC, today is another way around. Check the principles of the Communist in general throughout the world. It seams this one is totally different.

  • JumboVanrenen - 2012-07-12 22:10

    Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemi-parasitic plants. These plants grow attached to and penetrating within the branches of a tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they absorb nutrients from the host plant......

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-12 23:35

    And the communist infiltration continues into ANC party.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-13 07:24

    The best communist is a true capitalist at heart.

  • Neil - 2012-07-13 10:18

    Hey gwede. Why don't you and your other commies actually become a political party and stand for elections on your own? No, really. Then you would have a real seat in parliament and a real voice and people would take you seriously, instead of the yapping lap dog of the anc that you are. Oh, I forgot. Communism has failed across the whole world. Everyone knows that and so nobody would vote for you and you'd have to give up your capitalist car, capitalist houses and expensive capitalist lifestyle and then have to get a real job. But not from me. I wouldn't even trust you to wash my dog.

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-07-13 11:03

    What are the solutions to ALL these OUTCRIES...? News24 should rather employ professional shrinks as this has turned to be a psychological treatment centre! Crying out is fine! But Solutions ladies and gentlemen. If ALL these comments came from progressive and developmental minds, the gov would probably tread carefully or at least say NOT as bad as they are doing. What is happening NOW does not help me, you or even NEWS24 nor the country.... I CRY for the Godly-given potential this country has to be a United South Africa!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-13 12:12

    Cross-pollination. Now I know what's the matter with these uppity ANC people.

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