The leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) should start dealing with factionalism by dismantling the so-called premier league, South African Communist Party (SACP) deputy secretary Solly Mapaila said on Friday.
No member within the tripartite alliance wanted to be in alliance with a faction, he said.
“The SACP wants principled unity, not unity with factions … no matter how strong a faction can be … we can never enter into an alliance with it. That is why we call on the alliance to deal with factions and, for instance, dismantle the faction called the premier league,” said Mapaila.
“At least that faction is known, and they have never denied it. So why is the leadership unable to confront this faction and dismantle it?”
The “premier league” is a group led by the premiers of the Free State, North West and Mpumalanga, who are also staunch supporters of President Jacob Zuma.
Mapaila said people within the alliance and who controlled the factions did not want anyone to differ with them. Dissent was crushed and people threatened with removal from their positions.
“Provinces are turned into spaza shops, that is not how our movement works. Some suggest that particular comrades be fired because they do not have confidence in the president [Zuma] – that should never arise.”
– African News Agency (ANA)