SOUTH African Communist Party (SACP) deputy leader Solly Mapaila marked the party’s 96th anniversary on Saturday with his fiercest attack yet on the ANC government.
In a speech in Cape Town almost entirely devoted to bashing corruption-plagued President Jacob Zuma, Mr Mapaila said: “The revolution has been plunged into a worse crisis” since the first democratic elections in 1994, and warned the ANC might would lose its majority in the 2019 general election “without a successful turnaround strategy.”
He accused the ANC of “lies” in claiming it had held meetings of the tripartite alliance with the SACP and union federation Cosatu since the party first openly called for Mr Zuma to resign or be sacked in March.
“Lies and arrogance will liquidate the ANC and destroy the alliance,” he blasted.
The SACP accused Mr Zuma of failing to consult the alliance over the March 31 cabinet reshuffle that saw finance minister Pravin Gordhan sacked. International finance ratings agencies cut South Africa’s credit status to “junk” in response.
“Zuma’s reckless decisionmaking… without consultation with the alliance… has delivered our country, on a silver platter, to a junk status,” Mr Mapaila said.
On Thursday Mr Zuma opened the Brics international bloc’s New Development Bank African regional centre in Johnannesburg.
On Friday the ANC hailed Mr Zuma’s opening of the Brics international bloc’s New Development Bank African regional centre in Johnannesburg.
“For too long the developing countries of the Global South have found themselves beholden and indebted to international financial institutions,” it said.