Rifts tearing tripartite alliance apart

THE rift between the ANC and its alliance partners is now worse than during the era of Thabo Mbeki.

THE rift between the ANC and its alliance partners is now worse than during the era of Thabo Mbeki.

The communists, inspired by Blade Nzimande and Buti Manamela, booed ANC representatives Tony Yengeni, Billy Masethla and Julius Malema.

The post-Polokwane honeymoon is over. ANC nationalists are now the focus of the Left. Jacob Zuma has failed the Left by not acceding to their demands like the Basic Income Grant, nationalisation of the land, mines and banks.

Zuma also gave Trevor Manuel the Planning Commission. The ANC also rejected unionisation of the soldiers.

At Eskom, Zuma sided with Jacob Maroga when Cosatu and the SACP supported Bobby Godsell. The ANC, like Cope, supports the regulation rather than the abolition of labour brokers.

The rift between Malema and Gwede Mantashe continues. Malema supports Fikile Mbalula to replace Mantashe in 2012. Nomvula Mokonyane has questioned the dual role of Mantashe as secretary-general of the ANC and chairperson of the SACP.

Mantashe'd failure to protect Malema from Nzimande's hooligans will widen the rift in the alliance. Zuma is building an expensive home at Inkandla, while Nzimande has bought a R1,1m car. Both dislike Mbeki.

That Nzimande has pushed the SACP to change the constitution to suit him is similar to the ANC Bloemfontein conference that changed the ANC constitution to suit Zuma.

The question remains, why did Zuma out of the blue say Malema was presidential material soon after the ANCYL president lambasted Nzimande as a "fake communist'?

Beryl Steenkamp, Underberg

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