SACP downplays reports of division in N West ANC

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The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the North West has downplayed reports that the African National Congress (ANC) in the province is divided.

The SACP says some ANC members in the province are ill-disciplined and as a result harming the image of the party, the party made these comments while reacting to the ANC NEC’s commitment to attend to challenges the party is facing in the North West.

The Interim Provincial Committee of the ANC has suspended the membership of Premier Job Mokgoro and four other members of the provincial legislature and instructed troikas of some municipalities to resign from their positions.

SACP provincial chairperson Smuts Matshe’s views have sparked criticism from some party members.

Matshe says, “The challenges of the North West are often misrepresented to suggest that there’s no unity, when in actual fact, the problem in some instances relates more with misconduct on the part of some members of the ANC. The statements that are being made on social media by some of the ANC members against their own organisation, but also against their own leaders, leaves much to be desired.”

In the video below, the North West ANC briefs media on Premier Mokgoro’s membership suspension

Political analyst Andre Duvenhage has warned that this week is likely to see deeper divisions in the ANC and has attributed this to issues with former President Jacob Zuma’s refusal to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s court appearance.

Magashule and seven others are charged in connection with a R255 million asbestos eradication tender in the Free State.

He is facing charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Duvenhage says the issues will also affect the party’s unity in the North West where Zuma and Magashule enjoy popular support.

He says, “The ANC has reached a point, where it cannot take decisions about itself anymore. and I think with Jacob Zuma and the dynamics about him and Friday’s court appearance of Ace Magashule, is going to fuel the conflicts and we are going to see its impact on the province as well.