Minister for Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande has taken another swipe at the members of the ruling African National Congress for prioritizing themselves above the collective growth of every South African citizen.
The Minister who is also the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) accused the ANC top leaders of turning their backs to the cries of the people while in the bid to satisfy their selfish desires.
He said communist party won’t be silent about issues plaguing the governing party and its effect on the country.
“If the ANC wants to be the leader of the alliance, it must accept that we’ll talk about it as allies because the work it is doing is not just only for itself but it’s for all of us. It’s those who want to steal the ANC who are saying we must be quiet about what the ANC does, ” Blade Nzimande said while addressing the launch of the party’s Red October in Johannesburg at the weekend.
“The ANC cannot have its cake and eat it”, he further said as he charged the SACP branches to intensify the fight against corruption and other crimes, particularly the gender-based violence in their communities.
“If left unchecked violence in our communities, in the economy and society at large, will plunge our nation into deeper crisis. The problem includes contact crimes, carjacking, murder and attempted murder.”
The SACP has come under fire for its vocal criticism of President Jacob Zuma and his allies who have been linked to corruption and state capture. The party claimed that the continuous looting of various state-own businesses like Eskom, SAA, SABC and Petrosa were among the factors weakening the government’s capacity to project developmental agenda.
Blade Nzimande, however, criticised the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for being lackadaisical in prosecuting those implicated in the Gupta email leaks.
“The NPA is just sitting there watching state capture. They haven’t chased anybody. The Gupta emails keep being exposed and no one has ever denied them, instead most people say it’s true but let me give it context,” he said, adding that looting of public funds must be stopped at all cost.
“If you steal in these companies or you allow that they are captured, you are in fact undermining our capacity to make our country better,” he said, adding that State Capture was another form of counter-revolution.
“If we allow looting we will never have the resources to fight gender-based violence. Even the police will be so weakened that they will not be able to work with us,” Nzimande said.
Meanwhile, Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini said in agreement with the message by the SACP leader Blade Nzimande about holding the governing party accountable but added that workers had a vested interest in who gets elected by ANC members in the upcoming elective conference this December.
He said this is because it is those who will emerge in December that we are going to be looking up to, to make sure that in SA labour brokers are banned,”
“We want a leadership that will acknowledge that the alliance is the political centre and embrace the notion that alliance partners are equals. There are no junior partners, there are no senior partners in the alliance,” Dlamini said while pointing out that Cosatu would want leadership that was capable of uniting the ANC as well as the tripartite alliance.
Cosatu reiterated its wish that presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa should be allowed to lead a collective that embraces the principles that Cosatu was putting across.