JOHANNESBURG-- The South African Communist Party (SACP), a partner of South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress in the Tripartite Alliance, has accused former South African and former ANC president Jacob Zuma of dividing the party and being involved in a fight-back following his outster as president in February this year.

This was announced during the communist party's media briefing, after concluding its three-day Central Committee meeting in Braamfontein in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The ANC is still reeling from results of its 54th National Elective Conference, where divisions were clearly visible. The SACP called on Zuma to publicly distance himself from all groups which intend to destabilise the African National Congress.

Under Zuma, the Tripartite Alliance, which also includes the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the country's biggest labour federation. took a knock, forcing the SACP to decide whether or not to contest the upcoming 2019 national elections independently.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande, who serves as Transport Minister in the Cabinet formed by President Cyril Ramaphosa after succeeding Zima, said there were people who continued to do things in Zuma's name, and Zuma should condemn this.

The sentiment of the central committee is that Comrade JZ must distance himself very strongly from this. It's not enough for him to say, 'I was taught by the ANC I will never leave the ANC'. But people are continuing to do things in his name, like the formation of the political party. You need much more active distancing himself from tha ... and say, 'not in my name'.

SACP Deputy General Secretary Solly Mapaila said Zuma could not afford to keep quiet during this time. It's very clear that his voice that is quite unequivocal to distance himself from this group. It must come out much more clearly and the ANC must also come out more clearly in this regard. So that they just don't protect him because he is a former leader and continue to do wrong things and divide our movement," he said.

Divide the ANC itself, associate himself with counter revolutionaries. We will never accept to lose another general secretary just because of some sense of respecting alliance processes, because the ANC can't discipline President Zuma and this group that his working with.


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