The South African Communist Party (SACP) has extended an olive branch to Zwelinzima Vavi and Irvin Jim, inviting their organisations to the party’s 14th national congress. The SACP was at the fore of the push against Vavi when he was Cosatu general secretary, and Jim, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) general secretary, which led to their expulsion from Cosatu in 2014. Vavi and Jim have formed the South African Federation of Trade Unions, which has nearly 700,000 members. Numsa is pushing ahead with its formation of a worker party to contest elections. Much has changed since 2014 and the SACP is moving towards the creation of a broad front to contest elections in 2019. This has wide support among ordinary delegates at the party’s gathering, which is under way in Boksburg, should the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma slate, which is aligned to President Jacob Zuma, emerge on top at the ANC’s December elective conference. The SACP wants to create a broad front that will include pr...

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