'SACP not worried about being left out of ANC NEC'

The South African Communist Party (SACP) was left out of the NEC at the recent 54th ANC Elective Conference held at Nasrec, Johannesburg in December.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary of the SACP, Themba Mthembu says if the two organisations decide to operate outside the alliance it will weaken both of them.

He says the organisation is not worried about its members not being included in the NEC.

We as the communists, we would like to contribute to the upliftment of our people particularly to the programme of government to be biased to the working class.

Themba Mthembu, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary of the SACP

We appreciate seeing ourselves participating in the executives.

Themba Mthembu, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary of the SACP

SACP leaders became very vocal in the calling of President Jacob Zuma to step down as head of state.

During the cabinet reshuffle, general secretary of the SACP Blade Nzimande was also removed as Minister of Higher Education.

Former president of the ANC, Jacob Zuma previously complained about the SACP being too involved in the ANC politics and want to dictate how it runs the party and who it elects, suggest The Midday Report's Clement Manyathela.

Mthembu says it is unfortunate that there is that kind of thinking.

The ANC always considers itself to be the leader of society and the SACP is part of the society.

Themba Mthembu, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary of the SACP

Society will always have an interest of who is leading the ANC. So yes we do have interest on who is leading the ANC and the person's view about the working class.

Themba Mthembu, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary of the SACP

Mtembu says they will continue to engage the ANC on the concerns that have been outlined.

We will be patient and engage the ANC because we strongly believe it will be in the interest of both organisations to find each other.

Themba Mthembu, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Secretary of the SACP

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