SACP amendments on agenda
THE SA Communist Party is expected to convene a special congress at which future amendments to its constitution will be brought to finality.
Having seemingly grown tired of repeatedly amending its constitution at every elective gathering, the SACP has also resolved to set up a team that will look into the kin of amendments to be made.
At the weekend the SACP amended its constitution to create the position of a second deputy general secretary.
Politburo member and head of newly re-elected general secretary Blade Nzimande's office - Solly Mapaila - was elected to this position.
Mapaila will serve full-time at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, while Nzimande and his other deputy, Jeremy Cronin, carry out their ministerial duties in President Jacob Zuma's cabinet.
In another amendment the party has made it more difficult for individuals to be nominated as leadership candidates from the floor during elective conferences.
The previous requirement was that 25% of the delegates should endorse such a nomination. This has been increased to 40%.
Nzimande said the situation arose from the fact that people were unhappy about candidates being nominated from the floor.
"Some delegates have said we should stop this thing of nominating people from the floor," he said.
The SACP has once again made calls for the re-nationalisation of former state-owned entities, chief among them Sasol, as well as the imposition of a windfall tax.
Cronin said Sasol was "keeping a big secret" about the cost of producing a single barrel of oil while selling at international prices.
Cronin claimed that Sasol produced a barrel of oil at $35 to $40 (about R280 to R320) and sold it locally at the international prices but argued that calls for a windfall tax should not be interpreted as the party being against profits.
The SACP congress has also rejected the controversial Traditional Courts Bill which is currently before Parliament.
The bill has been criticised for giving traditional leaders absolute powers and for undermining the rights of women in traditional societies.
Delegates have urged their ANC alliance partners to also reject the bill. - firstname.lastname@example.org