As the South African Communist Party (SACP) intensify effort to break out from its alliance with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) its members are beginning to eye some of their leaders who they believe could efficiently lead as President.
The SACP had its leadership elections in Boksburg on Wednesday night at its 14th National Congress where treasurer-general Joyce Moloi-Moropa retained her position and national chairperson Senzeni Zokwana also remains in his position.
There, the likes of the party’s treasurer-general Joyce Moloi-Moropa retained her position and national chairperson Senzeni Zokwana also remains in his position.
The election period also brought into limelight the people’s view of who would be able to the party and, perhaps South Africa should in case the party decides to break its alliance with the ANC.
At the rise of this question, the majority of the SACP members believed the party’s general secretary Blade Nzimande stands a better chance to lead the party considering his political experience.
The SACP first deputy general secretary General Solly Mapaila said while defending Nzimande’s re-election as has defended leader of the Communist Party, that he’s still young and has the strength to lead the organization.
“He’s still relatively a young comrade and he can contribute immensely. Brilliant and communist intellectual, that’s also respected internationally. You don’t just take away that kind of strategic space and throw it away.”
Blade Nzimande who has been Minister for Higher Education and Training since 2009, was elected unopposed as general secretary at the SACP’s 14th National Congress in Boksburg.
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Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana retained his position as national chairperson and former MP Joyce Moloi-Moropa was elected treasurer-general.
“It’s an honour to be elected by the Communist Party for this position but beyond that can we wait for a proper press briefing.”
Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged party alliance not to turn their back at the ruling party.
Speaking at the SACP National Congress in Boksburg, Ramaphosa pleaded with the SACP not to leave the ANC at the time it needs it most. went the deepest he has ever gone in terms of State Capture and ANC officials’ involvement. After asking the crowd if they should remain quiet on such issues, Ramaphosa issued a call to action.
He went further to note his concerns over issues raised by the party as their reasons for deciding to leave. He said assured them that the issue of state capture will be dealt with and those linked to controversial Gupta will be brought to book.
“When things are spewing up in our national discourse‚ we cannot turn a blind eye to these revelations nor can we keep quiet. We cannot keep quiet. We cannot under the weight of ever more disclosures become numb to what is happening in this country‚”
“We now know‚ without any shred of uncertainty‚ that billions of rand of public resources have been diverted into the pockets of a few. We also know taxpayers of this country also paid for a lavish wedding that took place in Sun City (North West) and we also know that these were resources that rightfully belonged to the people of South Africa,” he said.
He Promised that those funds stolen will be recovered and used to improve people’s welfare. Those funds would have made a huge difference in terms of building schools, houses and roads, Ramaphosa said.