The SA Communist Party (SACP) in KZN attributed the decline in ANC support in the recent municipal elections to corruption and infighting.
The SACP, which held a press conference in Durban on Wednesday following its provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting, blamed the ANC’s poor performance at the polls mainly on the following:
“The failure to meet the minimum service delivery needs and demands of communities, bordering on neglect — for instance the basic needs of a faltering water supply, unreliable electricity supply, inconsistent waste collections and lengthy unattended sewage spillage.
“Political infightings largely informed by factionalism, nepotism, cronyism, primitive and personal financial accumulation and counter-productive and disruptive inter-political organisational rivalry,” said the communist party in a statement.
It also highlighted corruption, maladministration and gross inefficiencies in governance, and deteriorating socio- economic conditions in communities.
The party further said that despite the ANC’s poor performance, the impact would have been less severe had the coalition agreement between the ruling party and the IFP held.
“The SACP in Moses Mabhida is so disappointed and concerned by the sudden outbreak of political bickering between the IFP and the ANC, leading to the collapse of what was regarded as a matured and people-centered co-operative agreement.
“The ANC and the IFP are two organisations that are largely followed by large numbers of the working-class population. The party therefore calls upon these organisations to put the interests of the people first above anything else,” it said.
The communists also expressed a concerns about coalitions in hung municipalities.
“Coalitions and political party agreements are very ... unstable and they undermine service delivery and cause instability, hence service delivery is not guaranteed.”