SACP gamble on Zuma in 2007 has backfired - political analyst

The South African Communist Party's (SACP) 14th Congress started in Johannesburg on Monday.

The Congress has seen continued talks of the SACP considering breaking away from the alliance after resolving that President Jacob Zuma must step down.

Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, a political analyst based at Unisa says the pressure has been building for the SACP to stand alone for some time now.

Perhaps statistically, even if they decide to stand alone they could then come back and say we'll still be prepared to bring our numbers to form a government or even a coalition government for bargaining purposes.

Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, a political analyst based at Unisa

Fikeni says the SACP took a political gamble when they joined forces to elect President Zuma based on the assumption that he was going to support their agenda and have an affinity for the working because of his humble background.

That particular gamble led to all sorts of challenges within the SACP leading to Mangaung where hope for significant changes resided with some leaders in the communist party, adds Fikeni.

Read: SACP conference to decide whether it will split from ANC

The belief was once that the alliance partnership would be revived and be in a better state compared to Thabo Mbeki's tenure.

Dr. Somadoda Fikeni, a political analyst based at Unisa

Fikeni says the SACP has tough battles to fight but is unlikely to face a political death. Enticing the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to support its cause, may boost their strength as a party.

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