The South African Communist Party in KwaZulu-Natal has expressed disappointment over the exclusion of its top ranking members from the African National Congress National Executive Committee.
The 80-member committee was announced in the early hours of Thursday morning.
In the past senior party members were virtually guaranteed seats on the ANC NEC, but this time they were snubbed, including secretary General Blade Nzimande.
The SACP openly rallied behind Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC presidency. It even called on President Jacob Zuma to step down as president of the country.
Nzimande was axed as Higher Education minister in October.
KZN SACP Chairperson Themba Mthembu, says: “Many resolutions taken were revolutionary and progressive, however we are disappointed that many leaders of the communist party were excluded from the NEC of the ANC.”
Meanwhile it’s still unclear whether the embattled ANC PEC in KwaZulu-Natal will vacate ANC offices.
Last week the Pietermaritzburg high court ruled that the PEC remains dissolved as per the previous judgement.
Mthembu elaborates further, “Our call is to use this opportunity for the two groups to sit down and talk and smoke a peace pipe to unite the ANC and unite the people of KwaZulu-Natal. This is what everybody will like to see.”