National 19.5.2017 01:24 pm

SACP imbizo kicks off

SACP  members sing at University of Johannesburg, Soweto, 10 July 2015,  on the last day of Congress Rules and Alliance Summit Declaration to the SACP 3rd Special Congress which begun on the 7th - 11 July 2015. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

SACP members sing at University of Johannesburg, Soweto, 10 July 2015, on the last day of Congress Rules and Alliance Summit Declaration to the SACP 3rd Special Congress which begun on the 7th - 11 July 2015. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The party said the imbizo would be attended by alliance partners and ‘a wide range of social formations representing different sectors’.

Member of the tripartite alliance, the SA Communist Party (SACP), which has been a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma and has called on him to step down is holding its national imbizo from Friday to discuss the problems facing South Africa.

The party said the imbizo would be attended by alliance partners and “a wide range of social formations representing different sectors”.

“The national imbizo will serve as a platform for participants to share their perspectives on what constitutes our country’s problems and on the way forward, with a commitment to solving the symptoms and root causes of the problems facing the South African society,” the party said in a statement.

SACP leaders have been vocal in criticising Zuma’s leadership and his ties to the controversial Gupta family. The party has accused the family of seeking to turn the country into a “semicolonial playground”.

SACP leaders such as secretary Blade Nzimande, deputy chairperson Thulas Nxesi and deputy secretary Jeremy Cronin, who are members of Zuma’s executive, however, survived the chop during Zuma’s highly criticised Cabinet reshuffle in March, despite their call for him to resign.

The imbizo ends on Saturday.

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