The South African Communist Party (SACP) has resolved to contest future elections, with or without its alliance partners.
SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande says the decision may or may not include running in the 2019 polls.
Nzimande explains that the party is considering one of two options: contesting with the ANC under a reconfigured alliance or contesting independently with the aim of forming a coalition.
"SACP will either contest elections under a reconfigured alliance with the #ANC or under our own independent list with a coalition in mind."— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
"We took a decision that we will contest elections, but we will consider two options, says Nzimande on #TalkAtNine.— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
"@SACP1921 is an independent political party. We have the right to contest elections in the manner we deem fit, considering our objectives."— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
He advises that the decision to contest 2019 elections will be taken after the party has done some ground work.
Nzimande says the SACP still believes in the alliance and will consult with its branches, Cosatu, the broader trade union movement and other civil society formations.
"@SACP1921 may contest elections directly, but we don't want to go it alone. We want to go it with a range of forces who share our program."— 702 (@Radio702) July 16, 2017
Irrespective of who is in power, we do need checks and balances from organised society.— Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary
He says the SACP supports the judicial commission of inquiry into state capture as well as the section 77 strike notice by Cosatu against state capture.
Nzimande has called for mass action and says the state capture inquiry is not enough on its own.
The inquiry is not enough. It will reveal the extent of the problem but will not solve it.— Blade Nzimande, SACP General Secretary
He says the SACP main objectives are to fight against unemployment, inequality, poverty and gender-based violence.
Nzimande refused to comment on the decision by SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila to take court action against President Jacob Zuma over his controversial cabinet reshuffle.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Nzimande: SACP to contest under reconfigured alliance or go solo, form coalition