No Confidence debate – SACP sums up ANC MPs’ dilemma

The South African Communist Party (SACP)

CAPE TOWN — With enough conjecture about tomorrow’s No Confidence Vote to collapse a sound cloud of deafening rhetorical thunder, I found an SAFM interview – which put Solly Mapaila, the SACP’s Second Deputy General Secretary, on the ANC MP-voter spot – highly instructive. Mapaila says that SACP members sitting in parliament on an ANC ticket will have to vote along ANC party lines – even though his party has repeatedly called for Zuma’s head and a stop to the rampant corruption. They’re against the corruption, not the ANC, he stresses. His members in parliament are faced with a ‘conundrum,’ he explains. This sympathy, while sure to draw derision from those supporting a return to more ethical governance, is echoed by at least one openly Yes-voting ANC member, the erudite Makhosi Khoza. She reminds us of the magnitude of what ANC MPs are being asked to do. Immediately recall and sacking means having to find other income to feed their families and pay school fees. As tens of thousands of pro and anti-Zuma supporters descend on parliament for today’s decision on a Secret or Open vote – and again tomorrow when it’s taken, has no-one thought of creatively setting up a ‘severance package’ fund for ANC MP’s? Morally-inspired rhetoric and symbolic marches alone obviously won’t cut it. – Chris Bateman

By Amanda Khoza, News24

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma on Sunday had strong words for the South African Communist Party, accusing them of defending white monopoly capital.

“They cannot disown it (the ANC) today. Why do they say that there is no white monopoly capital in South Africa today? Do you have friends there?” Zuma asked in isiZulu at the unveiling of the Harry Gwala statue in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday.

The SACP has been calling for Zuma to resign, saying he was no longer fit to be president.

The party, which has threatened to split from the alliance, has been putting pressure on the ANC to vote Zuma out of power.

On Worker’s Day, the party refused to be addressed by Zuma and they have said they do not want to be addressed by Zuma at any of the SACP gatherings.

On Monday, National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete is expected to announce whether or not the motion of no confidence vote scheduled for Tuesday will be by secret ballot.

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On Sunday, Zuma made no mention of the motion of no confidence, nor did he hit back at his detractors.

Harry Gwala was a disciplined member of the SACP.

“In the beginning we did not have the alliance, the ANC was on its own. Gwala knew that the alliance was fought for.

“You see us, that were educated by Harry Gwala, nothing can derail us…It does not matter how much the ANC angers you.

“If your politics is half full, then you will go around organising other members. If it is full you will be like Jesus and say, ‘They do not know that they are doing’.”

Jacob Zuma, Baleke Mbete and Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president, center, arrive at parliament to deliver the annual state-of-the-nation address in Cape Town on Feb. 12, 2015. Photographer: Halden Krog/Bloomberg 

He asked the gathering what it meant when a person owned more than 50% of businesses in a small area.

“They are monopolists.”

In the beginning the ANC was well thought out, it was the communists that thought it out, said Zuma.

“The ANC is the only answer to people in South Africa.”


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