SACP discusses state capture, alliance partnership

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The South African Communist Party (SACP)’s second day of congress was dominated by state capture and the alliance partnership on Tuesday.

SACP chairman Senzeni Zokwana accused the Gupta family of soiling the image of the African National Congress. The Gupta family is accused of influencing the appointment of government officials and influencing the state owned enterprise leadership into corrupt deals.

Zokwana, who is also the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister, said the Guptas should be stopped in their tracks in corrupting business and politicians in the country.

“We cannot allow the country to be influenced by one family. If they are business people, they must behave as such and stop dragging the African National Congress (ANC) through the mud. They must leave the ANC alone,” he said.

The Gupta tried to influence the leadership outcome of the National Union of Mine workers (NUM) since 2012, and the interference by the Gutpa in the ANC have weakened the alliance, he said. The ANC is in alliance with SACP and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

“It is whether comrades are going to say we are going to go our own way and leave the ANC with those comrades who are still fighting to change the ANC. But our challenge now is to build a strong Cosatu because without a strong Cosatu workers will be vulnerable,” said Zokwana.

There has been calls from SACP members to contest elections on its own. The party noted that there is a cloud hanging over ANC whether it is capable of winning the 2019 elections with factionalism affected the party.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said some ruling party members do not understand the ANC is in serious problems, saying his party has been fighting corporate capture and will continue to do so.

The congress started on Monday and will end on Saturday. SACP will discuss the country’s economic situation and other issues affecting the country and elect new leadership. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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