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The South African Communist Party (SACP) holds its 14th party congress this week, at which it will discuss whether to break away from the ANC-led tripartite alliance and contest elections on its own. The fractured state of the ANC and allegations of state capture have induced serious discussions in the left axis of the alliance about the possibility of the SACP contesting for state power on its own. This is not the first time the party has considered such a proposal. The discussion was first initiated in 2005, when it was confronted with what it termed the "1996 class project" under former president Thabo Mbeki, the aftermath of which was the communist party siding with Jacob Zuma. Second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila on Sunday confirmed that this was still on the agenda for the congress and would be discussed in conjunction with the reconfiguration of the alliance. He said the reconfiguration of the alliance was an important aspect of the debate. Some provinces had already...

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