SACP Leaders Threatened: The Communist Party has raised alarm about being threatened by the State Security Agency (SSA).
Like Jacques Pauw (the investigative journalist who wrote The President’s Keepers), the communist party said it has suffered the abuse of intelligence services in the country.
While speaking during SACP Red October rally in Durban on Sunday, the party’s general secretary Blade Nzimande said it is wrong to use the SSA against ANC allies as intelligence agencies are only used against enemies.
Nzimande said: “You can’t use intelligence against your own allies. We know we are being listened to. Some people are rewarded now as ambassadors because they have achieved their task of listening to the leadership of the party, listening to the leadership of Cosatu, which means we have been declared as an enemy through this action.”
“Some of us have been threatened with jail because we talk a lot. Even if you arrest Nzimande, you will never arrest the SACP.”
Blade, who was recently axed by President Zuma as Higher Education and Training Minister, also urged the crowd to buy and read The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw because it contained half of what the communist party has been preaching.
“We want to officially say as the SACP, go buy and read that book by Jacques Pauw, because half of the things he says are things we have been saying as the SACP, including the abuse of our intelligence services,” he added.
Ever since he was fired as a member of Zuma’s cabinet, former Minister Blade Nzimande has renewed and intensified his call for the President to step down as ANC president.
The SACP and Cosatu, along with the South African Civic Organisation (Sanco), have been in an alliance with the ANC since 1994.
However, the relationship between the organisations collapsed after Zuma’s shady activities were all bared in former Public Protector’s Thuli Madonsela’s state capture report.
Though the communist party and Cosatu played influential roles in Zuma’s bid for the presidency in 2009 and in 2014, both organizations have openly condemned his style of leadership.
Not only did they ban President Zuma from addressing them, they have also thrown their weight behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed him next month – leaving out Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and four other presidential aspirants.