The SA Communist Party (SACP) in Mpumalanga refused to campaign for their alliance partner, the African National Congress (ANC) over the weekend.

At a media briefing, the party hinted intentions to contest the 2019 National Election independent of the ruling party.

A once formidable partnership in trouble, ANC, SACP, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and SA National Civic Organisation’s (Sanco) relationship in Mpumalanga is crumbling. The strained relation is attributed to former Premier and now Deputy President David Mabuza and his weekend utterances.

He said that he would do his best to bring the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema back to the governing party.

The SACP accuses the provincial ANC of still operating on a factional agenda left by Mabuza.

The party refused to join ANC leaders on its election programmes over the weekend, a snub which would have far reaching consequences for the alliance partners.

The party is preparing to contest next year’s 2019 elections independent of the ANC.

SACP district secretary Bhobert Nkosi says:”In this province and this district we are building elements for contestation. We are building capacity for contestation because our route and the ANC’s route are different. We want to socialism.”

SACP, like Sanco, wants an investigation into the relationship of Mabuza and PRET SA. They also want a report into the 2015 clash between the provincial ANC and SACP in KaNyamazane released.

The SACP has also called the new Minister of Police Bheki Cele to release the report into the so called political killings.

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