According to Nzimande, the SACP and Cosatu have distinct roles to play in the alliance and are handicapped from playing the leading role played by the ANC.
It was for this reason the SACP was concerned the ANC was falling off a dangerous cliff, dragging along its partners with it. The role of the SACP, he said, is to ensure the ANC is saved from committing suicide.
“You need these three to come together to drive the kind of society we need. The tripartite alliance is relevant even today because one cannot replace the other. If we go our different ways, the risks of losing all we have achieved, as far as the SACP is concerned, are much bigger.
“What is our responsibility as the SACP? Do we watch the ANC eating itself up like it is doing and celebrate, or sink with the ship? No, we will do all we can to make sure we make our own contribution to that not happening.”
Nzimande was engaging the media on the first discussion document towards the SACP congress scheduled for July. The document largely reflects on the impact of climate change across the world and SA in particular.