The South African Communist Party (SACP) has reiterated that it will not contest the 2019 national elections outside the ANC-led tripartite alliance.

The party’s highest decision making body meets this weekend in Johannesburg – the first time this year.

The meeting ends on Sunday and will discuss among other things the implications of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascendancy to power.

“Part of the reconfigured component of the party programme going forward and respect of elections, we must take the along the class with us and part of the class is Cosatu which organized detachment of the working class in South Africa. So we have to have that discussion with Cosatu. Cosatu has a particular resolution and we are going to engage them on that. As i say some of the meetings were planned for this period but have been upset as a result of the very dynamic and fluid conditions that are taking place in our country,” says SACP Second Deputy General Secretary Chris Matlhako.

The SACP says it will be discussing the new political changes in the country at its first Central Committee meeting for 2018.

Last year the SACP took a decision to contest the by-elections in the Metsimaholo Municipality, but the party is adamant that it will not contest the 2019 national elections outside the alliance.