In a bid to address numerous challenges rocking the ruling party, President Jacob Zuma had a closed-door meeting with ANC leaders and top officials from alliance partner, SACP.
The aim of the meeting which held on Monday night was to tackle the differences that exist between the ANC and SACP and also to elaborately discuss ANC’s decision to drop its investigation into the Gupta family’s dealings with the state.
SACP chairperson Alex Mashilo also confirmed that the meeting would take a look at ANC candidate lists for the forthcoming local government elections, in which the SACP allegedly didn’t reflect the wishes of the people in some regions.
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SACP second deputy secretary general Solly Mapaila told reporters that it would be unfair to engage the ANC in the meeting without SA’s number one citizen, especially since President Zuma is in close-knit relationship with the Guptas family.
He said, “we wanted [the president] to be present because we don’t want him to act on hearsay,” Mapaila said. “He is friends with the Guptas in person. We felt it’s unfair to discuss this in a meeting and he is not there.”
The bilateral meeting was postponed twice in recent weeks, first due to the ANC’s national working committee meeting being held in the Western Cape at short notice, and the second time due to President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to Iran.
Recently, the ANC was severely slammed by SACP for landing itself in a vicious circle – ranging from Nkandla’s damning judgement, state capture allegations, spy tape saga and gradual vicissitude of supports from South Africans.
The communist party also asserted that there can be no denials about the existence of corporate capture because it’s real and alive and “we will continue fighting it.” It also threatened to severe political links with the ANC if the party refuses to clear its mess.
However, ANC’s Kodwa in turn lambasted its communist partner for irresponsibly ventilating talks about state capture in public rather than tabling their complaint before the ANC behind closed doors.
The ruling party also reprimanded SACP for alleging that a particular faction in the party wields power.