SACP ECape meeting Alfred Nzo District over reports it won't support ANC in upcoming elections

APRIL 12, 2016

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that it notes with great concern the media reports about the SACP Alfred Nzo District.

"In the media reports, our Alfred District is alleged to have confirmed that it is not going to support nor campaign for the African National Congress (ANC) in the 2016 Local Government Elections but contest on its own," said Siyabonga Mdodi, SACP Provincial Spokesperson. 

"The SACP Provincial Working Committee will visit the Alfred Nzo District on the 23 – 24 April 2016 for the servicing of party structures. We will use the visit to seek clarity from our district on these concerning reports.

"We are quite aware of the challenges faced by our comrades in that district in relation to the functionality of the alliance. The challenges will be attended to, in line with the resolves of the recently held Provincial Alliance Summit. The alliance summit emphasized that."

He reminded of the Provincial Alliance Summit Declaration which said; “The summit reaffirmed the decision of the ANC PEC Lekgotla of a joint Alliance approach in attending to the identified hotspot areas. This includes joint Alliance visits to the regions where there are reports about challenges of non-functionality of the Alliance.”  

Mdodi said that the SACP in its 13th National Congress and its 3rd Special National Congress resolved to support the African National Congress in the elections.

"The SACP is a unitary organisation and therefore its lower organs are expected to carry the decisions of upper organs; that is non-negotiable. Therefore any transgression from the SACP National Congress resolutions will constitute gross violation of the SACP code of conduct and will never be tolerated," he said.

"We would like to call upon all our structures, members and supporters to work for the overwhelming victory of the ANC alliance in the upcoming local government elections. Let us not allow temporary irritations to distract us from putting our country onto the second more radical phase of the transition."