SOUTH African Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande put members on guard at the weekend, telling them to prepare to contest forthcoming elections if next month’s ANC elective conference excludes Communists from leading positions.
Speaking at the party’s Red October rally in Durban, he addressed directly the threat of exclusion that some supporters of President Jacob Zuma are pushing for.
“To be honest, as the ANC, did you think we would campaign for you until Jesus comes?” he asked.
“Especially after we have suffered so much under the ANC. We are kicked out of councils because we are Communists and our names are left out of branch lists because you say we are Communists, but you expect us to campaign? No.”
Urging SACP members to start laying groundwork at branches for a possible split in the alliance, he told them: “As Communists you have a lot of work to do.
“Go and build on the ground … because, if the ANC makes a mistake in December and comes out with muddled decisions and leaders we don’t approve of, it means we will have a lot of work to do.”
He reminded Mr Zuma that it was the revolutionary alliance of ANC, SACP and trade union federation Cosatu that helped him ascend to the highest office.
“There is a man who wakes up and changes the cabinet as if he was the only one who was campaigning,” he said.
“There is no election that the ANC has campaigned for alone. We have campaigned together, so therefore we must all make decisions,” he declared.