Angry YCL wants to contest elections without ANC

THE Young Communist League wants the South African Communist Party to contest local government elections independent from the ANC in provinces where the party feels marginalised.

THE Young Communist League wants the South African Communist Party to contest local government elections independent from the ANC in provinces where the party feels marginalised.

YCL chairperson David Masondo told Sowetan yesterday that members of the SACP, particularly in Free State, were treated with disrespect by the ANC.

"There is general disrespect of the SACP structures at provincial and regional levels. The ANC still treats us like an NGO. We are a political party with an interest in state power," Masondo said.

He said the good relations at national level had not filtered down to provincial structures. He cited lack of consultation and the exclusion of SACP members from decision making processes.

Masondo said a comprehensive analysis was being done to determine SACP regions and branches whose members were treated with "arrogance".

"We will put our case before the SACP's central committee during the special conference in December that we should contest elections," Masondo said.

The tension between the ANC and SACP in Free State surfaced after national elections when the ruling party reneged on an agreement to appoint SACP members into the Cabinet.

Free State Premier Ace Magashule's leadership style was attacked as revealing "a leadership style hell-bent on steering this province on a dangerous path of recurring discords, divisions and deceit".

SACP provincial secretary Phel Parkies confirmed their displeasure about the ANC's behaviour.

"We felt betrayed after the ANC refused to implement the alliance agreement to appoint our members to the Cabinet, but generally the relationship remains strong."

Parkies said should the SACP special conference resolve that party structures contest local government election, that decision would be implemented.

ANC spokesperson Teboho Sikisi said the party was not disturbed by Masondo's opinion.

"That is not new. It was raised before by the Young Communist League. Our relationship with the SACP in the province is healthy."

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