Speaking at the SACP’s 92nd anniversary celebrations at Tlokwe Stadium, Nzimande condemned those ANC members “who collu-ded with the DA” to remove an ANC mayor.
“We are holding our 92nd anniversary in Tlokwe where we see the ANC’s electoral victory in the 2011 local government elections is being threatened by an opportunistic element that is betraying the ANC.
“It is important that the ANC itself must act with speed to attend to problems, including suspected corruption, involving its own cadres. But no matter what grievance any ANC cadre may have, this can’t be translated to the betrayal of the ANC,” he said.
Nzimande fired off a stern warning to Cosatu. “The SACP doesn’t want a labour federation that’s afraid of speaking the truth to government or anybody else. “We want a labour movement that goes well beyond the petty-bourgeois, hyper-critical, NGO ambition of just speaking the truth to government from the side-lines.”
But Nzimande said SACP wouldn’t meddle in the internal affairs of Cosatu. “The SACP is not backing any personalities or factions within Cosatu. Yes, there are thousands of SACP members, many of them leaders, within the trade movement. They are there in their own right.
“Those in leadership positions in unions are there because as communists they have won the trust of the workers. They have been deployed from the outside.”
Nzimande described calls for the SACP to contest the next general election as hypocritical.
“They want to weaken the ANC and turn the SACP into another United Democratic Movement, Congress of the People or Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
“Therefore today’s call for the SACP to stand alone in elections, often accompanied by attempts to goad Cosatu to position itself as anti-ANC, is a continuation of the same apartheid strategy in post-1994 conditions,” he said.
Earlier Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini blasted the EFF, DA, Agang and Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu), saying they want to be an alternative to the ANC government.
“We know the agenda of EFF, DA, Agang and Amcu and we know where they come from.”