The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng has suspended five district executive members of the party who were allegedly involved in what the party called Tshwane factional fights.
Though the communist party leadership refused to identify the leaders, it said the party took the disciplinary action because they brought the party to disrepute by taking part in the unrest.
SACP Gauteng Provincial Secretary, Jacob Mamabola said, “Serving on the executive committee is taken very seriously and therefore they should have refrained from anything that would link them with such activities.
It is for that reason that with respect to these particular members we suspended them with immediate effect. They will receive suspension letters from tomorrow…this will be followed by internal disciplinary processes.”
The party noted that the recent wave of violence that brought about the Tshwane factional fights was a continuation of the divisions and factionalism traceable to events that occurred in 2011.
“This was when the structures of the ANC held parallel regional conferences with each electing its own leadership. To our knowledge the root cause and effects of this strange phenomenon of two parallel regional conferences were never thoroughly attended to,” it said in a statement on Sunday.
No fewer than five people died last week after violent protests erupted in parts of Tshwane. The protest was sparked off by the nomination of Thoko Didiza as ANC Tshwane mayoral candidate.
In the course of the Tshwane factional fights, most residents insisted and demanded the re-election of current Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa as the province’s mayor.
Following the violence, the Democratic Alliance accused the ANC of paying little or no attention to the welfare of the masses in Twshane. This was in response to report that police were told to protect minister’s homes in the city, national key points in the capital and Union Buildings.
Ahead of the election, a new intelligent report believes violence sparked by the ANC’s nominations process in Twshane could place free and fair elections at risk.