SA Communist Party (SACP) boss Blade Nzimande has lashed out at leaders of the ANC who he said wanted to flush the party from the tripartite alliance.
He said the leaders were gambling with the unity of the party. Nzimande claimed that a faction within the ANC wanted to sideline the party and labour federation Cosatu. Addressing an SACP provincial congress in Polokwane, Limpopo, yesterday, Nzimande said there was a plan to create distrust between the ANC and the SACP.
“They are saying let’s try and get things to be okay at the moment because we are going into local government elections.” Nzimande added once the local government elections were over, communists had to be purged and co-opted.
“They think that these are the last elections in South Africa. They think there will be no elections in future, and they will be able to run and win elections on their own. They are cheating themselves.”
His remarks may be interpreted as an indirect swipe at President Jacob Zuma supporters, who want Nzimande to be removed as minister of higher education.
“That the ANC-led alliance is still in power after 22 years is an important victory. We dare not to take it for granted. Those gambling with the unity of our movement need to be put in their place.” – firstname.lastname@example.org