NOT ONLY have the left won a bay in President Jacob Zuma's new government but its members in the tripartite alliance now seem to be flexing their muscles and sending warning signals to the ruling ANC.
Recently the SACP in the Western Cape called for the disbanding of the ANC provincial executive committee, blaming it for delivering the province to the DA.
On Monday the party warned that it would recall members who are ministers in Zuma's cabinet if the government wanted them to implement policies in sharp contrast with those of the SACP.
The SACP and Cosatu have a record number of ministers and deputy minister's in Zuma's cabinet. A recall of SACP and Cosatu members would paralyse the cabinet and destabilise some provincial legislatures.
Yesterday the SACP joined a call by the Young Communist League that the government should ban labour brokers. The call is setting the two parties on a collision course with the ANC. The ruling party has indicated that labour brokers will not be banned but regulated.
"They must be banned outright. They are not part of the solution to unemployment in this country," YCL Western Cape provincial leader Motlatsi Tubatse said yesterday.
SACP spokesperson Malesela Maleka said his party supported the Young Communist League.
"Labour brokers must be banned. They represent a modern form of slavery," Maleka said.
Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana promised communities before the elections that the ANC would "ban labour brokers" if elected.
But after the general elections ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe told Sowetan that Mdladlana was not authorised to promise people that the party would ban labour brokers because "the [ANC] manifesto does not talk about banning labour brokers".
The powerful National Union of Metalworkers is also unhappy that the ANC has backtracked on Mdladlana's promises to ban labour brokers and says its "priority will be to see that the new political administration outlaws and bans labour brokers".