African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Gwede Mantashe has urged alliance partners not to sloganise the idea of radical economic transformation (RET) but to embrace it as a formula to change the lives of ordinary South Africans.

He was speaking during the virtual centenary celebrations of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

The founding conference of the SACP was held on this day in Cape Town 100 years ago as the Communist Party of South Africa.

Mantashe who is also a member of the Central Committee of the SACP said radical economic transformation could only be achieved by a formidable alliance which will be able to respond to challenges facing South Africans.

The video below is the SACP Centenary:


Meanwhile, the SACP has also called on government to introduce basic income grant to fight the high rate of unemployment especially young people.

It has also welcomed the reintroduction of the R350 COVID-19 social relief grant until early next year.

This comes amid concerns about the impact of the recent looting and violence on the poor, described by President Ramaphosa and Nzimande as a failed insurrection.

KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng have suffered billions in losses from the unrest which rocked both provinces three weeks ago.

The communist party says they have been campaigning for the continuation of the social relief grant.

“There are millions of unemployed South Africans but who are willing and able to work and there are vast areas of socially needed work in our country, in our society, in our communities. Our way out of poverty, inequality and unemployment is for our government to lead a huge public employment programme,” says Nzimande.