The African National Congress (ANC) has on Tuesday, suppressed the rift going on between them and the South African communist Party (SACP).
The ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Super Zuma cleared the differences by saying that their relationship “has stood the test of time” and that hence forth, issues pertaining party differences would no longer be made public.
“We don’t want to engage publicly on issues that are related to our alliance partners”, Zuma said as he presented the outcome of the party’s recent provincial executive committee meeting at a press conference in Durban.
We could recall that SACP accused its alliance party – ANC of disrupting a meeting at Turfloop near the provincial capital of Polokwane on Saturday which was meant to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the death of struggle hero Joe Slovo as well as the Right to Learn campaign.
According to them, the ANC invited a group of “drunk thugs” who invaded the place singing anti SACP songs. The party also went further to say that the main objective of these anti-SACP attacks is to scuttle the unity of the ANC-SACP alliance and disrupt the National Democratic Revolution and the struggle for socialism”.
Meanwhile, the SACP’s provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said few days back that the party would be withdrawing their support for the ANC candidate nomination processes for the upcoming local government elections. It also accused the ANC of “gate keeping” and preventing their members from becoming members. But the tension between the allies heightened after an SACP member Philip Dlamini was gunned down at an SACP meeting last month.
However, Zuma said that in the current meetings between the two parties, differences will be properly looked into and possibly resolved. He regarded that as the “correct platform” for any issues between the two parties to be discussed. He pointed out that the relationship between the ANC and the SACP has stood the test of time, and emphasized that the ANC will not be “drawn into a public spat.”
Speaking on the forthcoming election, Zuma said that the party is making progress towards party candidate nominations in most of its regions in the province.