SOUTH AFRICA: COMMUNIST PARTY REITERATES CALL FOR ZUMA TO RESIGN

DURBAN, South African Communist Party (SACP) Secretary General Blade Nzimande has reiterated that the party believes that President Jacob Zuma must resign from his position.

Nzimade was speaking at Curries Fountain Sports Ground in Durban at an event celebrating the life of Chris Hani.

Nzimande says it was not easy for the SACP and Cosatu to take the decision for Zuma to resign, but it’s for the benefit of the country and unity among the affiliates.

SACP members from areas around Durban gathered at Curries Fountain Sports ground in Durban to commemorate the 24th anniversary of Chris Hani’s death.

Talk of unity and division among the ANC’s affiliates dominated the gathering.

Young Communist League Deputy National Secretary Isaac Luthuli did not mince his words and emphasised that the time had come for the SACP to contest the 2019 election independently.

“Since in 2017 we are still singing the same song, and we don’t want this song to be a theory anymore. In 2017, the party will be going to its congress and we want that congress to take a sober decision that the SACP must contest election in 2019.”

“We are not saying this because we are hungry for popularity. We are not samaritan revolutionaries. In our own view, there is no radical transformation in their tongue but there is radical looting.”

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan also joined the gathering and called on SACP members to go to the grass roots and explain what state capture is.

“We still have to develop our discipline. The SACP has a long history of organising our people at door-to-door and let’s go back to them and explain to them what is state capture; what is corruption; how do tenderising takes place and how do we build a better democracy.”

Nzimande and his Deputy Solly Mapaile had to calm SACP members who disrupted a speech by KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Community Safety Mxolisi Kaunda.

He was representing the ANC, but the crowd started singing when Kaunda was asked to address them.

“We never struggled so that this beautiful country of ours and hand it over to an Indian family-the Gupta family”

Nzimande, however, reiterated that SACP believes that President Jacob Zuma must resign from his position.

“Our danger facing us is the weakening of our movement because of factionalism and the alliance is unable to cohere and to lead. It is because of some of these things that SACP and Cosatu have reached … the very decision that the president must step down as part of finding the solution. It is not a nice thing, but it is necessary to say it.”

Nzimande also called on Cosatu and the SACP to make sure they fight against state capture allegedly by the controversial Gupta family.

“Today, there was blood split in this country, especially in this province. We never struggled so that this beautiful country of ours and hand it over to an Indian family-the Gupta family. Comrade, we must stand up and fight against this because our country is being sold. This Gupta family is playing a very toxic role.”

Nzimande asked that the Gupta’s citizenship in the country be revoked and for the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry into the issue of state capture.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK