The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng Province welcomes the overwhelming and decisive defeat of the racially polarised, right-wing opposition party, the Democratic Alliance in a motion of no confidence against Premier David Makhura.
We commend the African National Congress (ANC) Caucus in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) for its unity to defend the ANC-led government against desperate acts of revivalism by the almost defunct DA. The SACP is of the firm belief that the political basis and premise of the motion of no confidence was rendered obsolete and antiquated by the timely judgement that cleared Premier Makhura of any wrongdoing in the allegations related to procurement irregularities in the Gauteng Department of Health.
In this regard, the motion of no confidence was frivolous since it was based on a complete misunderstanding of the provisions of the country’s constitution as it relates to the roles and responsibilities of the Executive, Accounting Officers, and the conduct of officials and the oversight function of the political leadership of the Departments.
As the SACP, we believe that Premier Makhura has fully discharged his political oversight responsibilities in the most remarkable and commendable manner when directing law enforcement authorities to conduct full investigations to determine a cause of action whenever such allegations rear their ugly head. Such decisive leadership constitutes the pinnacle and profound practice in pursuit of the ideals of the ethically and morally capable developmental state. This political oversight, we believe, was exercised without fear, favour or prejudice and in the most deliberate and decisive manner.
To this end, we call on the ANC Caucus to sustain and cement the unity displayed today as the founding principle of the entire revolutionary movement at all material times to continue to discharge the historic mission of advancing, defending and deepening the National Democratic Revolution. It is only through unity that our entire revolutionary movement can deploy the organs of the democratic state to eradicate poverty, unemployment and inequalities.
In the final analysis, the fact that this frivolous motion of no confidence was led by Mr Solly Msimanga, who has a sustained blot against him relating to allegations of gender based violence, with a shameful cover-up of patriarchy, constitutes a shameful and immoral indictment on the DA itself. We therefore call on the ANC Caucus to consider taking the most appropriate and decisive action to hold Mr Msimanga fully accountable for this allegation on defeating the scourge and pandemic of gender based violence.
We urge the GPL not to look away on this serious matter. We also extend our solidarity with the victim of this act of patriarchy and male terror, who has been completely neglected and left in the lurch by the disgraceful and defunct DA.
Issued by SACP Gauteng