South African Communist Party (SACP) General-Secretary Blade Nzimande called on the tripartite alliance to fight factionalism and tribalism. Nzimande was paying tribute to the late Limpopo Agriculture MEC Joyce Mashamba.

Mashamba died last week after a long illness. She will be laid to rest at Mudavula village outside Malamulele.

Nzimande says the African National Congress (ANC) must unite itself and the alliance partners. “We must fight factionalism in all our organisations, unless we deepen that I am afraid we are fast reaching a point of no return. Many countries have gone down because of ethnic and tribal wars but the ANC is not going to be able to do that if it is unable to unite itself, to unite the alliance and unite everybody.”

Nzimande has described the late Mashamba as a frank and honest leader. Mashamba was Agriculture and Rural Development MEC in Limpopo at the time of her death.

She died at the age of 67 due to a kidney-related illness. Nzimande has thanked those who took care of Mashamba in her last days.

“Let’s take this opportunity to thank comrade Bafana Sithole and all the others who have been looking after Joyce and family in her difficult times. We also do need to be as frank and honest as she used to be about all the issues that are facing us in the country and also admit to our mistakes because the first way of correcting a mistake is to acknowledge that we have made mistakes, no revolution does not have a mistake.”

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