ANC factionalism hampering alliance in Buffalo City: SACP

JANUARY 18, 2016

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Buffalo City Municipality says it is concerned by "by the deteriorating state of the alliance relations in the district and region since the recent ANC Regional Conference".

This comes after the SACP convened its district council meeting on Sunday at the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) office in East London.

In a statement, the party said that the meeting adopted a local government election programme of action "in our commitment to campaign for the overwhelming victory of the African National Congress (ANC) in the forthcoming local government elections".

"The ANC remains the movement of the people rooted within the people in its pursuance of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR)," said Boyce Melitafa, SACP Buffalo City District Secretary.

However, the SACP in the district is "not only concerned but angered by the candidate nomination processes, which are not alliance inclusive as envisaged in the ANC guidelines", he added.

"The nomination processes have been highjacked by thorough going factionalists for deployment of their lootist troops.

"It is in this context that the party resolved not to campaign for imposed candidates, thieves and people facing fraud and corruption challenges in the courts of law," Melitafa said.

"To this end the SACP will work with other alliance components in organising public meetings in all wards as that is not happening at the moment. This we will do in defence of the ANC and the people in general against the corporate capture."

He went on to say that the "factionalist and unilateralist posture of the ANC in the region has made it difficult for the alliance to work as a coherent force.

"There has been a serious gate keeping and purging a descending voice in the region, it is in this context that as the party “we do not condone or condemn the structure formed by concerned group in the region, we understand their frustrations”. The ANC regional leadership behaves as though there was no National Alliance Summit and the ANC National General Council (NGC) which resolved against such tendencies."

Melitafa also said that the ANC in the district has been "for a period of time focused all its negatives energies on the municipality as its source of self-enrichment" - and thereby neglected its responsibility of leading the movement and society at large.

"The latter has led to the relative collapse of good governance in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM) wherein corruption is the order of the day. There has been a consistent programme of looting state resources to fund factions within the movement.

"There has also been a consistent programme of purging all SACP, COSATU and SANCO activists, the programme led in the main by the Nelson Mandela Fraud Scandal accused, both within and outside the municipality," he said.