The South African Communist Party (SACP) has resolved to contest the elections independently but maintain their alliance to the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) and Trade Unions federations Cosatu.
Following a week of deliberations and the re-election of Blade Nzimande to rule the party for another five years, the Communist party has resolved to contest the elections out-side of the ANC and the central committee is tasked to draw the road map.
Party Leader Blade Nzimande who ruled the party for over 19-years, today announced his party’s 14th national congress the resolution to a cheerful delegates singing “Naa Le utliwe ditaba tse monate? Hore party ya contesta?” [have you heard the good news that the party is contesting elections].
He cautioned that the party still has to engage with both member of the Tripartite alliance Cosatu and the ANC..
SACP has made the same resolution before in 2007 ahead of the ANC elective conference in Polokwane, Turfloop were President Thabo Mbeki suffered a defeat to President Jacob Zuma and the resolution were then retracted as their faction emerged victorious.
As things stands the party’s resolution is viewed as more of the precautionary measure against the former AU Chair Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma defeating Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who they are currently lobbying for to succeed President Zuma as the President of the ANC.
Some rumours and gossips already suggesting that the party is preparing to push Cyril Ramaphosa to lead their campaign in-case he fails to make in the ANC elective conference in December 2017, Johannesburg.
According to the speculations: informal discussions have begun between the SACP, trade unions and ANC veterans for the formation of an alternative movement if the ANC branches and stractures elects Dlamini-Zuma as president this December.
Majority of party structures within the ANC, including the President himself already pronounced support for Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma who is the ex-Wife of President Zuma. Womens League, Youth League and Millitary Veterans all pronounced in-favour of Dlamini-Zuma only the alliance partners pronounced support for the Deputy President but they don’t have voting powers within the ANC…
— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) 15 July 2017
Spot difference between the SACP’s 2007 & 2017 on Elections. ACTUAL MEANING is: We wait for our faction to win/lose the ANC, & then decide. pic.twitter.com/xdYkPZHtZO
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) 15 July 2017
Before you get carried away by the SACP decision to contest elections remember that this is an old resolve. They’re registered with IEC too.
— Mbhazima Shilowa (@Enghumbhini) 15 July 2017
When SACP sings
“My mother was a kitchen girl, my father was a garden boy, that’s why am a communist..”
Who was the Boss?#WhiteMonopolyCptl
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) 15 July 2017