anc wants unity talks with sacp

PARTY LINE: SACP's Blade Nzimande addressing ANC supporters at the party's 98th
anniversary celebrations at the weekend. Pic: VATHISWA RUSELO. 10/01/2010. © Sowetan
PARTY LINE: SACP's Blade Nzimande addressing ANC supporters at the party's 98th anniversary celebrations at the weekend. Pic: VATHISWA RUSELO. 10/01/2010. © Sowetan

THE ANC's top brass has called for "bilaterals" with the SA Communist Party to discuss ways to end power struggles and public spats involving leaders of the ruling tripartite alliance.

THE ANC's top brass has called for "bilaterals" with the SA Communist Party to discuss ways to end power struggles and public spats involving leaders of the ruling tripartite alliance.

The ruling party's national working committee (NWC) met yesterday at the ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, to discuss ways to improve unity in the organisation following the public humiliation of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema and an ANC delegation at the SACP special congress at Turfloop in Limpopo last December.

ANC spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said the NWC would "propose a date for bilaterals with the SACP" but that this would be discussed further by the party's national executive committee.

"Last year we promised that the NWC would discuss the issue after the January 8 statement and then schedule bilaterals with the party (SACP)."

Party veteran and Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale has been charged with investigating the events that led to Malema being booed by SACP delegates.

Malema blamed SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande and party chairperson Gwede Mantashe of failing to protect him against vitriolic attacks from SACP delegates who accused the youth league's firebrand of being a mouthpiece for the capitalist elite in the ANC.

Meanwhile, Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini has warned that power struggles were threatening to delay the alliance from implementing the ANC manifesto's objectives.

He also told Sowetan it would not be productive for the parties - ANC, SA Communist Party - and Cosatu, to meet "every time one person insults the other person".

"From our side, as Cosatu, we would like to . get back to implementing the programme of the alliance.

"The alliance meeting of November last year was supposed to have come up with a programme of action but a number of things were not resolved.

"We agreed to set up a task team to look at how the economic cluster will function and how the economy as a whole recovers from the recession."

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