South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Solly Mapaila has criticised President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the official opening of the ANC’s 54th National Elective Conference in Nasrec in Johannesburg.

Zuma said the tensions that have built up between the parties over the years have come to a head. He also said it was unprecedented that the SACP, as an alliance partner, has marched side by side with historical opponents of the alliance.

Mapaila said the ANC and SACP still need each other to realise their vision of a better South Africa, but that it must happen in a reconfigured alliance.

“That part was extremely pathetic because he only gave one aspect of the view. He didn’t indicate what forced the alliance to speak outside the alliance framework, when we could not meet for more than a year because he didn’t want us to meet. So, he wanted to throttle us, to finish us as independent formations; and when we began to speak, so he cried out that we are speaking outside the platforms that we have. Which platforms were not provided for? That is why the reconfiguration of the alliance is extremely important and we are committed to that process.”

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