ANC slams SACP statement on demanding Zuma recall

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JOHANNESBURG - The ANC lashed out at its alliance party, the South African Communist Party (SACP), on Wednesday, saying the ruling party would not be dictated to. 

It came after the SACP criticised the ANC after ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the ruling party would discipline party MPs who publicly confirmed they would vote with opposition parties in the August 8 motion of no confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma.

The SACP called on the ANC to focus on the real problem and recall Zuma while rejecting a “witch-hunt against” MPs.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said that the SACP statement was “extremely ill-advised” and “gravely unfortunate”.

“The ANC respects the right of all alliance partners to hold independent views which may differ from ours on various matters. This respect, which we expect to be reciprocal, demands that on points of divergence there is thoroughgoing engagement and where necessary an agreement to disagree,” Kodwa said.

“The ANC is not a structure of the SACP and as such shall not be dictated to, via media releases, by the SACP. As leader of the alliance, we have consistently created platforms for robust engagement; each party has had ample opportunity to present their viewpoints and seek to influence one another in our thinking.”

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He said the issues raised by the SACP had been exhaustively debated and said that it was “extremely undemocratic and arrogant for the SACP to believe its view must now be decreed.”

The ANC reject with contempt the notion that acting against ill-discipline of the worst order in its ranks is factionalism and the ruling party would not allow the complete collapse of political and organisational discipline in the fear of being perceived as being factional, Kodwa said.

“While we appreciate the SACP’s position on matters relating to ANC President, Comrade Jacob Zuma, the ANC is under no obligation to act merely on the instructions of the SACP,” he said.

“The road to socialism cannot be paved with venom and obsessive politics on personalities. The ANC remains confident that the SACP will appreciate the recent National Policy Conference’s injunction to never tolerate ill-discipline within our ranks and at all times, not to delay to take appropriate action to restore party discipline.”

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The SACP said the ANC’s witch-hunt against MPs was a “myopic campaign clothed in the name of discipline” and was nothing but a “factionally-charged agenda”.

About 26 MPs voted with the opposition, and three of them will now be disciplined.

The SACP slammed that ANC for not acting against state capture. 

“Revolutionary discipline is consistent. It would have long ago decisively acted against the rot of corporate capture of the state and sections of our movement and its leaders. Revolutionary discipline would have long ago acted without fear, favour or prejudice against corruption,” the SACP said in a statement.

 

“It would have long ago acted against deployed office bearers, including President Zuma for making decisions without consultation. Such poorly considered decisions, taken in violation of the democratic, revolutionary discipline of our movement, plunged our country into a financial crisis.

“Our country has lost a massive amount of capital due to widespread governance decay and syphoning of public money through illicit tenders and tender practices, corruption and maladministration.”

The SACP said that South Africa was plunged into recession; the cost of borrowing has shot sky-high; national debt has become worse; and inequality, unemployment and poverty remain persistently high.

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The party called for Zuma to resign and if he failed to do so, the party called on the ANC to recall him and hold Zuma accountable.

“The recall of the President alone will not solve the many systemic and structural problems facing our movement and country, but it will go a long way in building the basis for solving the problems associated with his failed leadership,” the SACP said.