All has not been well with the ANC and its alliance parties SACP and COSATU as the SACP insists on leaving the mother party to contest election independently.
Not only has the South African Communist Party (SACP) decided to contest election independently, the party’s deputy general secretary, Solly Mapaila, took his very first step against Zuma when he submitted an affidavit against him to intelligence watchdog.
In his affidavit which was submitted to the inspector general of intelligence, Mapaila accused President Jacob Zuma of lying about why he fired former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.
Zuma reshuffled his cabinet at the end of March, kicking out Gordhan and his deputy Jonas. An official presidency statement at the time said the move had been prompted by a need for renewal.
According to him, Zuma told SACP and ANC officials that he had based his decision about reshuffling the cabinet on an intelligence report, only for him (Zuma) to refute the fact in court.
“I’ve noticed many lies being said by the president. That is why I can confirm now (in) public, for the first time, I have deposed an affidavit against the president with the inspector general of intelligence, because he had gone to court to refute the fact that when he was removing Pravin Gordhan and deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas that he used the intelligence report – and he had briefed us (on) that. And I couldn’t understand… how could he tell us the truth and lie to the public?” Mapaila said on Sunday night in a panel discussion broadcast on TV news channel eNCA.
Though it’s not yet clear if Mapaila’s affidavit would form part of the investigation into the intelligence report, Buzzsouthafrica gathered that both the SACP and the Democratic Alliance have reported the matter to the inspector general
“I had to take that step because I felt it was important that we must bring him to the commitment of our movement. Our movement has always been a truthful movement,” Mapaila said.
“That is why the NEC must have the courage to take the president to task and not go and necessarily debate the fact that there’s this vote of no confidence, they can’t agree, there’s this and that number.
“(They must look) into the primary principles of our movement and, I can tell you, President Zuma will fail each and every one. That is what we call corruption.”
President Jacob Zuma’s version of why he reshuffled the cabinet has long formed part of the major issue causing a dispute between the ANC and the SACP.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa had once spoken publicly about the intelligence report, which apparently accused Gordhan of being part of spearheading a conspiracy to overthrow the South African government.
Gordhan, however, referred to the intelligence report as dubious and the SACP had since then, stepped in by calling Zuma to resign.
The functions of the inspector general of intelligence are contained in the Intelligence Oversight Act of 1994 and include monitoring whether the country’s intelligence services comply with the Constitution and relevant legislation in relation to intelligence and counter-intelligence.
Meanwhile, Professor Andre Duvenhage had said that though the SACP may clamour for political independence, it would not be easy for it to contest state power independently, saying they would vigorously have to embark on campaigns, especially at grassroots level, as they are viewed as a vanguard party for the elite.
“What the SACP is saying with the latest resolution is that, should the Zuma camp retain power, they will leave the ANC-led tripartite alliance, but if Cyril Ramaphosa’s camp wins, they can still work with him. The SACP is also aware of a strong possibility that the ANC could lose power in the 2019 general elections if the Zuma camp remains in power after the elective conference in December,” He said.