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SACP Eastern Cape condemns ANC factionalism, agrees Zuma must go

MAY 15, 2017
SACP Eastern Cape condemns ANC factionalism, agrees Zuma must go

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Eastern Cape held its ordinary Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) plenary session over the weekend at the Calgary Conference Centre in East London.

According to SACP Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson, Siyabonga Mdodi, the PEC plenary session was held for the leadership of the party to assess the strengths, weaknesses and the advances of the working class here at home and abroad, and to critically assess socio-economic conditions of the working class here at home and abroad.

ANC factionalism

Mdodi said that the PEC plenary session noted with great concern the growing power of factions over the ANC.

"We are concerned of the evidence of a reckless, parasitic networks within government and within the ANC that operates outside of any collective discipline of either cabinet, or the ANC’s National Executive Committee and other constitutional structures," he described.

"What is more, this network appears to enjoy the support, tacit or otherwise, of President Jacob Zuma himself.

"We reaffirm the position of the SACP that President Jacob Zuma should step down as the President of the Republic of South Africa. This he should do for both his sake and that of the people of South Africa.

"We will be having actions to mobilise the people in realising the resignation of President Jacob Zuma and to defend the sovereignty of our country."

Re-appointment of Brian Molefe: 

According to Mdodi, the PEC meeting condemned the reappointment of Brian Molefe to the power utility, Eskom.

"We view the reappointment of the tainted Brian Molefe as tantamount to spitting in the face of the people who voted for this government.

"It is our firm view that this re-appointment of Brian Molefe to Eskom by the board of directors of the power utility proves that the ANC is no longer the centre, but the centre has moved to the Saxonworld," he said.

"The ANC is left lamenting on the strategic appointment of the CEO of the parastatal by the Gupta family that has been given the leadership of our country by President Jacob Zuma.

"They smuggled Brian Molefe in parliament with a dirty plan of him becoming a Finance Minister to drive a nuclear deal that our country neither needs nor can afford. He is now smuggled back to the power utility as the ‘stuurboy’ of the Guptas to continue stealing on their behalf." 

Mdodi said that the ANC cannot lead the condemnation of the re-appointment of the Gupta ‘stuurboy’, Brian Molefe to Eskom.

"It is the ANC that controversially deployed Brian Molefe in parliament under a cloud following the release of the Public Protector's report into State Capture late last year," he added.

"The ANC did so even though “None of the observations against Mr. Molefe, so significant at the time, have been conclusively set aside and Mr. Molefe's own commitment to fully clear his name is still pending.”as the ANC statement correctly points out.

"We are calling for a decisive action from the ANC to reverse the unexplainable re-appointment of Brian Molefe. It is in this context that we once more re-assert the call, originally made by the SACP, for a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the corporate state capture." 

On the up-coming ANC elective conferences

Mdodi said that the SACP as the vanguard party of the South African working class, they are deeply interested in the outcomes of the content and form of all these conferences including those of the ANC.

"Whilst we respect each other’s independence and right to discuss its programs and decide on its leadership, it is our deepest interest as the SACP that such outcomes are in favour of the working class.

"We are of the firm view that the coming congresses of the party and those of the ANC should be used as platform to advance, deepen and defend the National Democratic Revolution," he described.

"It is important for our ally, the African National Congress to use the coming Provincial and ultimately National conference as a critical platform for the genuine thorough going self-correction.

"As the SACP, we refuse to be compelled to make choices of individuals or factions. It is our view that those who want to lead the movement and the people must demonstrate both in content and form that they are committed to serve the people and the ANC that is bias towards the working class and act as a disciplined force of the left, as the working class is the core constituency of the ANC.

"We would like to see the ANC leadership post the conference that is more focused on uniting the ANC, the movement and the people and to serving the people than self-enrichment."

Mdodi said that the party is of the firm view that the ANC that is at the hands of factions cannot serve the interests of the people or those of the ANC led movement.

"We see now, not in the future how the so called Premier League faction has racked havoc in our movement and key state institutions with utter disdain for the people and our movement," he said.

"The PEC mandated the Provincial Officials to engage our allies and the veterans of the movement in the province with the aim of building the unity of the African National Congress prior and post its provincial conference. A unified ANC is better placed to deliver on the needs and aspirations of the people, a divided ANC can only serve to reverse the gains of the movement and derail the National Democratic Revolution." 

SACP 14th National Congress

Mdodi said that the SACP in the province will go to the SACP 14th National Congress as "more united and coherent in what must be the form and the content".

"We will go to the national congress to advance some of the policy propositions of the party with the deep interest of the working class.

"The SACP is not a Marxist-Leninist NGO but a party of power and influence. It is in this context that the SACP in the province is of the firm view that the SACP must contest state power through a ballot in 2019 as part of building the capacity, elements and the momentum of socialism," he said.

"The decision to contest the state power should not be taken for the SACP or its leadership but for the working class. It is in this context, the SACP in the province will convene imbizo to have a discussion on our policy proposals with all the progressive social forces. 

"The PEC agreed that in order to prepare for power, the party must strengthen its organisational capacity and a manifesto that contain socio-economic policy positions that outline what the party represent and the kind of a socialist South Africa we seeking to build should be developed."

Joint programme with COSATU

Mdodi said that the PEC plenary session noted with regret the establishment of the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) "as it does not help in unifying the workers but further divides them".

"We will work with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) in reaching out to all the workers as part of realising the founding principle of COSATU of One Country, One Federation," he said.

"The SACP in the province will roll out a mass action working with COSATU as the left axis in the alliance and working class formations."

He said that the SACP Eastern Cape programme will, amongst other issues, be anchored on campaigning for:

  • Comprehensive social security
  • For the meaningful implementation of the national health insurance for the benefit of the working class in the province and the country.
  • For the meaningful support of the Magwa and Majola tea estates.
  • Against privatisation and outsourcing in the municipalities and the government departments.
  • To fight against casualisation, labour brokering and the ongoing stratification of the working class.  
  • To lead a campaign against corruption and crime.
  • To convene a joint jobs summit.
  • Land and agrarian reform for food security amongst other things.
  • Pickets every last Friday of the month in support of the Post Office as the preferred service provider for social grants at the end of the current contract with CPS.

On Matatiele

"The Provincial Executive Committee rejects the political bargaining by the ANC national leadership using the people of Matatiele to sustain power on Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality," described Mdodi.

"The decision by the ANC National Leadership to donate Matatiele to Kwazulu Natal so as to keep Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is part of the ongoing arrogance and recklessness by the ANC, as the decision is taken without engaging the people, without considering the impact of the decision to the people of Matatiele and without considering the impact of that decision in the province as a whole.

"This arrogantly taken decision will have an impact on the budget allocation to the province which will further impact on the development of the Eastern Cape."

He said that the Eastern Cape has been less developed owing to the colonial spatial planning, which sought to keep the province as the reservoir of cheap labour.

"As we speak, between 2012 and 2016, the province has lost R10 Billion in its budget allocation due to the migration of people to other provinces.  

"As the SACP, we will convene imbizos with the people of Matatiele to engage them on the matter. We will be in the forefront of mobilising the people of Matatiele to reject this controversially taken decision as there should be nothing about them without them. They must not to be used to maintain the power for the elite," Mdodi said.

Presentation of the South African Post Office:

Mdodi said that the PEC plenary session received and discussed a presentation from the management of the South African Post Office.

"The presentation served to give the leadership of our party a clear picture of the state of the South African Post Office as the State-Owned Enterprise," he said.

"After an elaborate discussion on the matter guided by the presentation and our understanding of the issues in the institution, we are of the firm view that the government of the people led by the African National Congress (ANC) should move with speed in establishment of the Post Bank as the state bank.

"The government should instruct the Post Office to establish a database of social grant beneficiaries for readiness towards distribution of social grants through the South African Post Office."

Mdodi said that it is disheartening that a government institution should approach the court of law to convince the very same government that it is capable of distributing social grants.

"Our government should also increase the budgetary support to the South African Post Office for it to increase its capacity. 

"The financial and human resource support to postal service will help in the struggle to transform and diversify the financial sector as dominated by the four big banks in our country," he said.

"The PEC called for the re-nationalisation of Telkom as important instrument to support the roll-out of telecommunications network and broadband to ensure internet access in deep rural areas of our province."