No, the South African Communist Party (SACP) has never kept quiet from the first day President Zuma decided to tango with Indian-South African out-of-favour wealthy family, the Guptas.
“As the SACP we have expressed our displeasure about the president’s friendship with this family. We think it actually risks compromising him and his own integrity, it risks tarnishing the image of the ANC and tarnishing the image of the government,” said SACP leader and Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande.
Therefore, it will be of great benefit to the president if he should distance himself and sever any form of relationship with the family that will be detrimental to the country for “his own sake”.
“We would like the president, as I’ve said, to distance himself from this for his own sake. We are not saying this in patronizing ways because we care about our own alliance, about our own leadership,” minister Blade Nzimande opined.
He said he deemed the landing of the Gupta’s private plane at the Waterkloof Air Force Base as the worst thing the family did to the rainbow nation and a direct attack on the sovereignty of the country.
“For me personally and for the SACP, the landing at the Waterkloof was the worst thing, that was a direct attack on our sovereignty and what we had fought for as the people of this country.
I felt like our sovereignty was being torn apart. Like a sacred agreement being torn apart. What kind of behaviour is this?” SACP leader wailed.
The minister, who spoke during an interview with a local daily slammed the ANC for dumping ‘state capture’ allegations in a hurry without tackling it effectively and considerably.
“… we think that it was premature for the ANC to try and close this but in any case, for us as the SACP, the ANC is not an investigating organisation, it doesn’t have power to protect people who may feel to be protected if they are to actually speak the truth that they want to speak.”
We’ll recall that after receiving only one written complaint on the alleged state capture by the Guptas, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe dramatically shut down investigations into the allegations.
Minister Blade Nzimande, who treated a variety of issues affecting the country and the communist party disclosed that the ANC must find a new way to take care of leadership change, else if it continues to have leadership elections, it risks imploding as a political party.
Recently, allegations emerged that, in the ruling party’s camp, a group of premiers, known as the ‘premier league’, are trying to influence next year’s ANC leadership election.