CELEBRATIONS: President Jacob Zuma with KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize, left, and SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande greet the crowd as they arrive for the SACP’s 90 anniversary. Picture: PHUMLANI THABETHE
The SACP, a strong ally of the ANC and Cosatu, yesterday tore into the leadership of the ANC Youth League, and stopped short of calling its leader Julius Malema a “tendrepreneur” who must be flushed out of the ANC.
Malema is alleged to have opened a trust fund where businessmen are said to have paid millions of rands to secure lucrative government tenders.
Addressing thousands of SACP supporters at the 90th anniversary of the SACP, general-secretary Blade Nzimande told thousands of SACP supporters that there were tenderpreuners who wanted to use the ANC to gain access to state tenders, and urged President Jacob Zuma to sniff them out.
Zuma attended the anniversary, held at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban.
“In exile the president (Zuma) had a role to sniff and kick out apartheid spies. Now we ask him to use the same skills to sniff and out the tenderpreuners who want to use this organisation to gain and secure their ill-gotten wealth. He must sniff them out so that we can kick them out of the ANC,” said Nzimande.
“The tenderpreneurs hate the communist because we expose them for plundering the state and stealing from the working class and the poor,” he said.
Nzimande, a sworn enemy of the Youth League, said the SACP would not allow the ANC to be run by the ANCYL and its tenderpreuner “friends”.
The SACP leader said that they would be not told by the Youth League who to put in government or not.
Cosatu’s general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, earlier reiterated his oft-repeated call that if the workers and the poor were not careful the ANC would be taken over by “tenderpreneurs”.
He said in the past people underwent political training before they became SACP members and “today this political education was sorely needed in the tripartite alliance of ANC, Cosatu and the SACP”.
Meanwhile the league’s national executive committee (NEC) closed ranks around the issue of Malema’s finances when it met in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, at the weekend.
Malema said after the NEC meeting that it was “nobody’s business” whether he had benefited from the Ratanang Family Trust. He denied ever taking bribes. He could account for every cent in his bank accounts.
“I live within my means. I can explain every cent that comes into my account. The life I live, I can afford it,” said Malema in reference to questions about how he afforded his lavish lifestyle on a R25000 monthly salary from the ANC.
The City Press has quoted an unnamed businessman saying that he personally paid R200000 into Malema’s trust account to secure a tender in Limpopo.
It emerged yesterday that Malema allegedly paid R2m in cash for the R3.6m house he has demolished in Sandton. He is now building a new house reportedly worth R16m. – Additional reporting by Sapa