Speaking in his capacity as Secretary General of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Dr Blade Nzimande sat down with Eusebius McKaiser to discuss several issues pertaining to South Africa's political landscape from 1994 to today as well as the his party's relationship with alliance partner, the African National Congress (ANC).
Nzimande says the SACP, in retrospect, has noticed that there are serious problems that are facing South Africa. He says some of these problems identified, are highly unequal societies, the ANC's relationship with the state as well as state power.
Oliver Tambo sometime in the 80's speaking in Angola said something very fundamental, he said, we may think it is difficult now that we are fighting to remove an oppressive regime but wait until we are in power and things may be even more difficult.— Dr Blade Nzimande, Secretary General, SACP
Nzimande adds that with the good that came with being in power, there was some bad accompanying it. which cannot be dismissed.
The deputy president put it in one word which is very accurate; "money" and access to resources and how then that begins to impact on the organisation. We should have focused more on that.— Dr Blade Nzimande, Secretary General, SACP
Speaking of faction in the governing party, Nzimande says these were already at play during former President Nelson Mandela's tenure. He also comments on the Gupta family and state capture saying this is a matter that should not be taken lightly because it poses an immediate threat to what struggle liberators fought for. Nzimande questions why radical action is yet to be taken.
Why are we not taking radical action about the Gupta's when there is so much evidence. We for instance, as the SACP were calling for a judicial commission of inquiry and to all state capture.— Dr Blade Nzimande, Secretary General , SACP
Nzimande further says the SACP stands by its decision that President Jacob Zuma should step down.
Listen to the full interview below where Dr. Nzimande shares why he feels personally disappointed with President Zuma: