By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The South Africa Communist Party (SACP) have indicated that they will be temporarily suspending their members who may be charged with corruption or serious crime in a court of law.
This is the African National Congress (ANC) has announced the outcomes of the National Executive Committee (NEC) on fighting corruption.
“To support the ANC, the SACP will continue its discipline to do the same, to take the same action against any member of the Party who may be charged with corruption or serious crime in a court of law,” said SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo.
According to the SACP, the decisions taken by the ANC will reflect leadership by example, in fighting corruption.
“The SACP is firmly behind the ANC, and calls upon all members in our broad movement to rally behind the ANC’s constitutional imperative to fight corruption, to protect and ensure that every rand and cent in public revenue is spent to look after the needs of the people.”
Meanwhile, the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that during the step-aside period those who are temporarily suspended may not occupy any executive office or other position of responsibility in the legislative to which they belong.
“The NEC furthermore instructed the Officials to advise the Secretary General to apologise publicly to ANC structures and members within a set timeframe. If he fails to do so, the ANC will institute disciplinary procedures in accordance with the ANC constitution,” said Ramaphosa.
According to the SACP, harmony of ‘revolutionary purpose’ is important towards the goals of their shared Alliance strategy. The SACP have also indicated that they still support the organisational reunification of Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) veterans.
“The ANC and the SACP built the MK jointly on the foundation of the armed struggle networks that had already been created by the SACP, as President Nelson Mandela says in his book, Long Walk to Freedom. The SACP will take part in the organisational reunification of MK veterans, ensuring that it is based on verified, real MK veterans, and the true values of the MK,” said Mashilo.