The South African Communist Party (SACP) on Thursday rejected “propaganda by information peddlers” purporting that the party met with African National Congress (ANC) leadership to beg President Jacob Zuma to reinstate Blade Nzimande to the Cabinet.
Last month Zuma reshuffled his Cabinet, which saw SACP leader Nzimande axed as Higher Education and Training Minister.
“The SACP wishes to put on record that it has never begged President Zuma to reinstate Nzimande and that it will never do so. What the SACP has done, and correctly so, is to reject President Zuma’s factional reshufflings of the Cabinet – one in March and another in October,” said the SACP in a statement.
The party said its Central Committee’s finding of increasing authoritarianism displayed by Zuma, including merely informing the alliance as well as the ANC of major decisions when he should have consulted, reflects the acts of a desperate man increasingly resorting to desperate manoeuvres.
“We all, constituting our collective national liberation movement, fought for the achievement of democracy in our country and against colonialism and apartheid,” said the SACP.
The SACP further reiterated its 14th congress resolution that the manner in which the alliance was currently functioning was not sustainable and that the only way in which the alliance could survive and fulfil its historical mission was if it was reconfigured.
“It is completely unfair and unprincipled for a single alliance partner or its leaders, and worse for a single individual leader or a faction, to monopolise decision-making riding on and exploiting our hard-won democratic gains and shared national democratic revolution,” said the SACP.