Blade rips tender cut

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande says the identities of companies tendering for contracts should be made public to monitor those politicians who enrich themselves using state funds.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande says the identities of companies tendering for contracts should be made public to monitor those politicians who enrich themselves using state funds.

Nzimande told guests at the 15th commemoration of former SACP leader Joe Slovo's death yesterday at Avalon Cemetery, Soweto, that "tenderpreneurs" should be known to the public.

"The companies and people applying for tenders must be made public so that members of the public will have an opportunity to comment.

"They must know the tenderpreneurs."

In his attack on a "new class of bourgeoisie" within government, Nzimande made it clear at the SACP's first gathering of the year that he was continuing a war of words that left some in the tripartite alliance bruised at the end of last year.

The ANC was not represented at the event.

Nzimande warned that the new class of bourgeoisie, which he said had manifested itself in the form of black economic empowerment, was a threat to democracy.

He then urged party members to go out in big numbers to help grow the organisation to fight other threats - such as the mushrooming malls in the townships.

"I have heard people singing SACP songs at Nafcoc meetings. These are people who have been retrenched and have opened spaza shops and taverns. They cannot survive because malls are taking their business."

Turning to Slovo, Nzimande said the former leader would have been proud of the SACP's Red October campaign which had raised the organisation's membership to almost 100000.

Nzimande said the party's target was to have 500000 members in five years.

Slovo's widow, Helena Dolny, said he would have been disappointed by current media reports of politicians misusing public money for their own personal gain.

Joe Slovo became democratic South Africa's first minister of housing in 1994.

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