Nzimande: SACP to contest under reconfigured alliance or go solo, form coalition

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.

Read: SACP considering a reconfiguration of the alliance rather than breakaway

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.

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

Also read: Ntshalintshali: Cosatu to finalise strike bid against state capture

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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