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By unknown | Oct 13, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Anna Majavu

SA Communist Party members are challenging their leaders' view that former defence minister Mosiuoa Terror Lekota's potential new party is nothing more than a "right-wing attack from within".

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande does not have the unqualified support of his followers, it emerged last weekend.

Some members from SACP branches in Gauteng and Western Cape have asked why they had not been involved in the decision to recall former president Thabo Mbeki.

SACP members who attended Lekota's first public meeting in Langa on Saturday told Sowetan they were disgruntled because they were "not consulted on the decision to recall Mbeki".

Lekota is at present on a nationwide roadshow to canvass support for a national convention and possible breakaway party.

One SACP branch secretary claimed that ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe, who is also SACP national chairman, annoyed them further by failing to show up for a meeting in Khayelitsha on Friday.

The Western Cape ANC has been split in half since opponents of current chairman Mcebisi Skwatsha claimed they were excluded from a provincial conference last month.

At the 3000-strong Langa meeting deposed ANC leaders from three regions told Lekota that 181 branches in the province were ready to support him and that it was "time to move on". The SACP and Cosatu membership comes from communities, and when ANC branches split, so too will SACP members, they claim.

"The ANC is a nationalist party not a socialist party," they claim. "There is no contradiction in supporting one faction or another."

SACP members say that Mbeki supporters, who won almost 40 percent of the ANC vote in Polokwane, are a significant minority in working class communities.

The SACP members say that it is not correct to liken the "Lekota group" to the PAC split or Bantu Holomisa's formation of the UDM.

The members cautioned the SACP leadership to avoid labeling Lekota's new initiative as "right-wing" in case this tempts people to fulfil threats to "smash" the new party, such as the one made recently by ANC Youth League Limpopo acting provincial secretary Goodman Mitileni.

The SACP's Malesela Maleka refused to comment and would not say if the SACP would expel members who supported the possible breakaway party.


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