SACP ready to spilt with ANC and battle them out in 2019 elections

SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 8: SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and Jeremy Cronin during the party's 3rd special congress on July 8, 2015 at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus in Soweto, South Africa. The congress followed a tripartite alliance summit last week in which the partners attempted to resolve issues causing discord between members. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Vathiswa Ruselo)

Leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Blade Nzimande has given Zuma and his cronies a potent warning ahead of the 2019 elections.

Nzimande vowed to go head-to-head with the party at the 2019 elections, if members are overlooked for top cabinet positions during the party’s elective conference next month.

With the likely occurrence that Zuma will step aside and make way for either Cyril Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, it seems as if a cabinet reshuffle is definitely on the cards by the next presidential incumbent.

SACP could go solo for 2019 elections

The president’s recent cabinet reshuffle which saw the removal of Blade Nzimande as Minister of Education left the SACP infuriated. The SACP were instrumental in helping the ANC maintain power, but now the relationship between the two has soured dramatically.

The SACP’s backing effectively guaranteed Jacob Zuma the presidency. They were rewarded with top-level positions which reflected their influence in return. That, of which, Zuma is slowly chipping away.

Treat us better, or we’re out

Jacob Zuma has been banned from speaking at SACP events. Speaking at the party’s Red October rally in Durban, Nzimande taunted the ANC. He made it abundantly clear that any new leader who treats them like Zuma has will see the alliance torn apart, and the SACP run as an independent party at the 2019 elections.

“If the ANC makes a mistake in December and comes out with muddled decisions and leaders we don’t approve of, it means we will have a lot of work to do.”

“To be honest, as the ANC, did you think we would campaign for you until Jesus comes? Especially after we have suffered so much under the ANC? We are kicked out of council because we are communist and our names are left out of branch lists because you say we are communists. but you expect us to campaign? No.”

[Source: Mail and Guardian]


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