South African Communists to Contest Presidential Elections

SACP ready to contest elections
SACP to contest elections
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16 July, 2017

"We have resolved that, while the SACP will definitely contest elections, the exact modality in which we do so, needs to be determined by a way of concrete analysis of the concrete reality and through the process of active engagement with worker and progressive formations", the SACP's 2nd deputy general secretary Chris Mathlako said.

General secretary Blade Nzimande said the ANC-led alliance now was dysfunctional and would have to be reformed.

"[You] can't come here sing about state power, take a resolution, then go and sit back and not raise funds for the congress", said Nzimande.

SACP leaders made the announcement at the closing of the party's 14th congress, which took place throughout the week in Boksburg. "Every part cadre is a fundraiser; but please maqabane, don't take Gupta money - don't take dirty money".

Nzimande said a "roadmap" would be developed and consultations done widely, including within the tripartite alliance, on how to proceed on the elections decision.

Some delegates questioned the removal of a date, claiming that during the commissions there was a strong feeling for the SACP to contest the upcoming general elections in 2019.

Nzimande also said the alliance remained strategic, but that the "mode" in which it functioned was outdated.

"All that this resolution does is strengthen the 2007 resolution, where we gave ourselves two options: contest elections under an ANC list, or contest through separate lists with an aim of maybe setting some sort of coalition", explained Nzimande.

The SACP, a member of the ANC-led alliance along with Cosatu and Sanco, has been vocal in criticising the governing party and President Jacob Zuma's leadership, further labelling the alliance as non-existent. The special congress, planned for next year, would after receiving the report, decide on the way forward.


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