SACP to contest 21 wards in Free State by-elections

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has confirmed that is candidates will contest in all 21 wards of the Metsimaholo Local Municipality by-election in the Free State in November.

Solly Mapaila, SACP’s first deputy general secretary says that while they have always been connected to the African National Congress (ANC), this will be done under their own banner.

Mapaila says that Metsimaholo local municipality is a peculiar case as was dissolved in July following disagreements between coalition partners. Mapaila says their decision was based on presentations from the comrades in the area.

We felt like if we don't participate in this particular election, the ANC is not guaranteed to win. That is why the community asked the SACP to take part in this election.

Solly Mapaila, SACP’s first deputy general secretary

The reason they are doing this as the SACP is because the ANC has not followed appropriate processes in their selection of candidates, according to Mapaila.

He adds this was rejected by some members of the ANC and the community as a whole.

We felt that if we used this particular platform, it will be the same. It will be like we are criticising the platform, but not doing anything about it.

Solly Mapaila, SACP’s first deputy general secretary

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