Tripartite alliance partner, South African Communist Party (SACP), says it strongly supports the African National Congress's (ANC) call for radical transformation first made in 2012, but says it 'has been given a very shallow meaning and context'.
SACP first deputy secretary, Jeremy Cronin, says the ANC has been very quiet about how they would bring about radical economic transformation until recent factional battles within the party.
Coming from these factional quarters, what is meant by radical transformation is basically advancing the narrow interests of the black elites.— Jeremy Cronin, SACP first deputy secretary
We are saying we need to be careful that under the mask of radicalism what is really being advanced are the narrow interests of a small black elites that is politically connected to families like the Gupta family. There is an apparent African radicalism, but it's not really about the majority of black South Africans.— Jeremy Cronin, SACP first deputy secretary
We think it populists, and its driving narrow black elite interests.— Jeremy Cronin, SACP first deputy secretary
There is a lot of hypocrisy, and its quite clear that opportunists are attacking the banks but for their own purposes.— Jeremy Cronin, SACP first deputy secretary
SACP also said the appointment and swearing of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe was ill-advised and clumsily-handled.
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