ANC cannot expect partners to back wrongdoing, says Blade Nzimande
It is unjustifiable to expect the ANC’s alliance partners to rally behind wrongdoing and the failure to hold those committing wrongdoing accountable‚ SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said on Sunday.
Addressing the main rally of the SACP’s Red October Campaign 2017-18 in Clermont‚ Durban‚ Nzimande said it was also unfair to expect alliance partners to support decisions on which they were not consulted — and more so in the case of factional‚ divisive and wrong decisions.
The best way to honour the democratic legacy of the late ANC president OR Tambo and his revolutionary contribution to the struggle‚ was to reconfigure the alliance in accordance with democratic principles, Nzimande said.
"The manner in which the alliance functions will not be able to hold together the unity of its components and historical support base‚" he warned.
"It is unprincipled‚ for instance‚ to expect alliance partners to campaign for the ANC to win elections only for the ANC alone — or worse, for an individual or faction — to make decisions."
The strength of the alliance lay in internal democracy and in building democratic people’s power.
"Unilateralism and authoritarianism are the antithesis of the alliance and will destroy it. The importance of consensus-seeking consultation cannot be overemphasised.
"Similarly‚ the alliance must be visible both in the content of the decisions made, and in the people selected and deployed to implement those legislative and policy decisions.
"The alliance must be visible in monitoring implementation‚ performance assessment and holding accountable those deployed in the state … we must be seen working together‚" Nzimande said.