The South African Communist Party (SACP) says it believes the African National Congress (ANC) still has what it takes to turn South Africa around for the better.

The SACP joined Congress of South African Trade Unions in an election campaign drive in Durban to drum up support for their alliance partner in the municipal elections.

Addressing a Cosatu shop steward council meeting at the Curries Fountain Stadium, SACP General Secretary, Blade Nzimande says while they accept that the ANC has internal problems, “the party can still improve people’s lives.”

“Yes, indeed we have come to talk to the workers that on the 1st of November they must come out in their numbers to vote for the ANC overwhelmingly. That is our stance as the SACP as well as Cosatu itself and of course to also outline why they think that the SACP is still this organisation in order to create and build a better life for all.”

‘Issues not yet resolved’

Cosatu Deputy General-Secretary, Solly Phetoe says campaigning for the African National Congress (ANC) does not mean they no longer have issues with the ANC-led government.

The ANC’s alliance partners have harshly criticised the party for not taking a tough stance against corruption and the failure of many municipalities to deliver basic services such as water and sanitation.

Addressing Cosatu’s provincial shop stewards’ council in Rustenburg, on Friday, Phetoe said: “It does not suggest that challenges that we are having with the ANC government. We are going to bury those challenges. It does not suggest that the fight we are having against the Walmart/ Massmart comrades, we are going to bury them.”

In this video dated from February, Cosatu reviewed its support for the ANC: