JOHANNESBURG, The South African Communist Party (SACP) in KwaZulu-Natal Province has expressed disappointment over the exclusion of its top-ranking members from the 80-member National Executive Committee (NEC), the top decision-making structure of the ruling African National Congress.
The 80-member committee, which was announced in the early hours of Thursday morning at the end of the 54th national elective conference of the ANC here did not include any SACP member. In the past, senior SACP members were virtually guaranteed seats on the NEC, but this time they were snubbed, including SACP Secretary-General Blade Nzimande, the former Minister of Higher Education, who was dismissed from the Cavinet by President Jacob Zuma in October.
The SACP openly rallied behind Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency. It even called on President Jacob Zuma to step down as president of the country.
The SACP, along with the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), are partners of the ANC in the Tripartite Alliance which was set up during the struggle to end apartheid rule and SACP and Cosatu members have contested in South Africa's elections under the ANC banner.
Kwa-Zulu-Natal SACP Chairperson Themba Mthembu, who is also a member of the KZN provincial government, said: Many resolutions taken (at the ANC conference) were revolutionary and progressive. However, we are disappointed that many leaders of the Communist Party were excluded from the NEC of the ANC.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK