SACP takes war to Ermelo, targets Premier League

The South African Communist Party has taken its war against the Premier League to Mpumalanga’s Ermelo…

At a community meeting at the Ermelo community hall under the theme ‘When Corruption Becomes A Culture What Should Be Done”, SACP provincial deputy secretary Mandla Tibane said as communists they have “a special interest in who leads the ANC in 2017 but definitely we don’t want to be led by the Premier League”.

“There is no person who is going to tell us that because it is an ANC congress as SACP we should not say anything, we have interests in that conference as an alliance and we don’t want to be led by the Premier League because when we are led by the Premier League we are led by the Gupta,” said Tibane to a thunderous applause from community and SACP members.

The SACP is believed to be behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the party’s number one job while the Premier League, led by Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza, North West’s Supra Mahumapelo as well as Free State’s Ace Magashule, wants AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be the President of the party and be deputised by Mabuza.

Tibane said they were not prepared to be led by capitalists who loot state owned enterprises because it was clear this group would not “advantage the struggle of the working class and the poor”.

He said on leaving the ANC to contest state power in 2019 they would not be like the EFF.

“When we leave the ANC we are not going to be influenced by anger and personal hatreds of ANC individuals but we are going to sit on the table with the ANC and tell them ‘you see, this is the reason why we are leaving you’ and then we leave,” he said, provoking further applause.

The community meeting was supposed to be addressed by firebrand communist leader Bonakale Majuba but Majuba didn’t come and instead chose to send Tibane, his deputy.

Tibane said the fight against corruption has caused many SACP members in the province to be unemployed as they were not deployed in government and their safety threatened by the actions of “certain tsotsis” who wanted to steal from government coffers.

But he said themselves as communists are not scared of death because they do not die many times like cowards.

“Maybe death is nice, who knows? Why must we be scared of death? Maybe there’s socialism after death, so why must we be scared of confronting corruption?” Tibane said.

He said it was irritating that people who were cookers during the struggle against apartheid were now insulting the veterans of the movement and “thinking that they are better.”

Referring to MKMVA chairman Kebby Maphatsoe as ‘Mr Knorox’, Tibane said it was true that Maphatsoe got shot while he was running away from the struggle where he was a cooker and didn’t differ from those who arrived in the country in 1994 because “they were scared of death”.

“If our fight against corruption means that we won’t get deployment, let that deployment go to hell. You cannot patronise us,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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