Mbeki suppressed debates on ANC policies, says Cronin

SACP's Jeremy Cronin says former president Thabo Mbeki was bent on suppressing debates in the NEC regarding ANC policies.

702 and CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to SACP deputy secretary general, Jeremy Cronin, regarding the contentious issue.

Listen to the conversation below:

In essence what I apologised for was having spoken out of committee. I certainly didn't apologise for telling falsehoods.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy general secretary

I woke up on Sunday morning to find my name splashed all over the Sunday Times about a whole manufactured story about terrible things I had supposedly said about the ANC.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy general secretary

According to Cronin, the Mbeki reign introduced the "Zanufication" of the ANC, a period where South Africa suffered "a terrible Aids denialism policy and errors on the Zimbabwe issue."

This was clearly an attempt to influence the outcome of the SACP congress. It backfired because I ended up getting overwhelming support, that obviously didn't please Mbeki and the circle around him.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy general secretary

Clearly, he's someone who holds deep grudges and doesn't let them go. In this letter, he's denying that he's a bully and that he holds grudges.

Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy general secretary

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