Mantashe lambasts the SACP

The South African Communist Party should refrain from claiming "cheap victories for the decisions of the ANC", ruling party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

The South African Communist Party should refrain from claiming "cheap victories for the decisions of the ANC", ruling party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has said.

The party could learn a lot from communists such as Dan Tloome, Joe Slovo and Chris Hani, SACP national chairman Mantashe said while delivering the Dan Tloome Memorial Lecture yesterday. He praised them for their open-mindedness and constructive engagement with the broader movement before launching into an attack on the current SACP leadership.

"The lesson for communists is that they should play a constructive role in engaging the ANC. They must not howl, they should rather engage off the limelight of TV cameras. They should not claim cheap victories for the decisions of the ANC. I have a sense that there is also an element ... wherein communists cannot look beyond themselves and cannot recognise talent outside of itself in the broader movement."- Sapa

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