The Gauteng leadership of the South African Communist Party (SACP) yesterday defended Blade Nzimande, the party’s national secretary-general, following a barrage of verbal attacks by his detractors within the tripartite alliance.
Provincial secretary-general Jacob Mamabolo described the criticisms and verbal attacks as a personal vendetta against Nzimande. He was addressing a media briefing intended to present the SACP’s resolutions adopted at its recent 10th congress.
“It is unprincipled to attack Nzimande for the decisions of the SACP,” Mamabolo said. “Those people who have issues with Nzimande must know that their issues are unpatriotic.”
Mamabolo said the movement dismissed any insinuations from the public that linked Nzimande with Gauteng’s e-tolling system.
Nzimande, who is also the Minister of Higher Education and Training, has been under pressure from all sections of the tripartite alliance to relinquish his position as secretary-general of the SACP. Cosatu has also raised a red flag over Nzimande’s involvement in government, saying the SACP needed its general secretary fulltime.
According to Mamabolo, the congress also rejected “attempts” by the South African banking and financial system to plunge the working class into massive debt by introducing unsecured loans.
He cautioned against desperate credit loans that might undermine the Credit Act, and the gains of the SACP’s financial sector campaign.
“This has a potential to ignite a deeper crisis in the financial sector and cause a contagion in the entire national economy,” Mamabolo said. “We call on the banking sector to refrain from granting further loans (to) the already indebted working class (which had) no income, jobs or assets.”
The congress supported the SACP’s decision of its 12th national congress to ensure that the communists were at the centre of all sites – especially connected to government – that could have a positive bearing on the lives of the working class.
It also appreciated the SACP’s work to build the revolutionary world communist movement that would consolidate their forces and increase the mobilisation of the working class to overthrow imperialism and monopoly capital.