The South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande has repeated statements that party leaders phones are being bugged and insists the 'apartheid style' tactic is unacceptable.
Delivering the SACP's message of support at Cosatu's central committee meeting in Pretoria on Monday, Nzimandee made a comparison between former president Thabo Mbeki and President Jacob Zuma.
He insists the president is making the same mistakes Mbeki made.
Speaking to Xolani Gwala, Nzimande says the communist party has never supported individuals but the alliance overall.
We were very hopeful and we knew what were the things we did not like in the style of leadership of President Mbeki and we put a lot of hope that the new leadership elected at Polokwane would correct that.— Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary
We won't keep quiet because as the SACP we were never supporting an individual, we were actually supporting a leadership that would emerge and actually address some of the things that were going wrong which is an alliance that was not functioning properly, which was not being adequately consulted and so on. If we keep quiet it is going to kill our country and our alliance.— Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary
It is totally unacceptable that we are being bugged and listened to as the apartheid regime used to do to us as communists before 1994, and then we are having people who are coming from the ranks of our own government actually doing the same thing to us.— Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary
At Monday's gathering Nzimande said threats are being lodged against party members.
We have to make sure that we don't go back to the past that we have had, For instance we are concerned with the killings that are happening in KZN at the moment and we don't seem to be arresting anybody arising out of that.— Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary
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