Growing political tensions make it difficult for a decision to be made - Brown

The South African Communist Party (SACP) will use this week's political bureau meeting to effectively decide how to further address factions within the tripartite alliance as well as what it says is the African National Congress' declining moral standing.

The party has raised concern over recent reports on the Gupta family's link to MPs and President Jacob Zuma, as well as threats lodged at some it's comrades over recent months.

On Monday, SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande said people within the alliance were threatening fellow members saying that they 'didn’t train for nothing as MKs'.

On the same day, EFF leader Julius Malema warned about the safety of SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila, claiming Zuma is 'worried about him'.

In April the SACP said Mapaila was the target of an assassination at Chris Hani’s memorial.

Political analyst Karima Brown speaks on this and other issues pertaining to apparent tensions in the alliance.

The temperature is not just hotting up on the political front, it is also hotting up on issues around security and the potential use of security organs against senior members of the alliance and this doesn't bode well for the way in which the ANC tries top pretend there is an ability to create unity.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

If security issues are beginning to dominate the physical safety of individual leaders in the alliance becomes an issue, then the environment is entirely toxic and makes it difficult for mature leadership to be portrayed and for decisions to be taken.

Karima Brown, Political analyst

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