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There would be no winners if the South African Communist Party (SACP) decided to sever ties with the ANC and contested elections on its own, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on Monday. From Tuesday, the SACP is due to hold its 14th party congress, at which members will discuss whether the party should do what it has contemplated many times before — breaking away from the ANC-led tripartite alliance, which also includes the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). The fractured state of the ANC and allegations of state capture have induced serious discussions in the alliance about the possibility of the SACP contesting for state power on its own. The SACP has gone as far as saying President Jacob Zuma must step down. Zuma has not been invited to address the congress this week. Cosatu has also barred Zuma from speaking at its events.

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