South African Communist Party (SACP) has allowed its members to openly discuss the possibility of contesting the 2019 general elections separate from the Tripartite Alliance.
Talk At Nine listeners asked SACP second deputy general secretary, Solly Mapaila, why the SACP is not joining forces with Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) to build a strong socialist organisation.
Mapaila says the EFF has not built an alternative political programme apart from nationalisation.
However, Mapaila says the SACP has made attempts to approach the EFF and Numsa.
I have asked Julius Malema. I have said to him, let's find time but on conditions. It's not a mandated position, it was personal to engage with him. We still have to find time. But we are not happy that when you meet with people there are press conferences, so we need conditions when we meet.— Solly Mapaila, SACP second deputy general secretary
SACP has alluded the fact that the programme of the national democratic revolution is not synonymous with the African National Congress.— Solly Mapaila, SACP second deputy general secretary
All other forces that can come together and pursue the project will remain significant, and if they come and embrace the project we will work with them.— Solly Mapaila, SACP second deputy general secretary
Mapaila says the priority is still to unite the ANC to maximise the capacity of building a national democratic revolution.
That's why our first price is to maximise the unity.— Solly Mapaila, SACP second deputy general secretary
EFF doesn't have political power.— Solly Mapaila, SACP second deputy general secretary
We do appreciate the fact that they have major victories. But it’s absurd to say SACP should join the EFF, I think it could be the other way around.— Solly Mapaila, SACP second deputy general secretary
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