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Event at Mayibuye Centre expected to attract between 1 500 to 2 000 people

Blade Nzimande. File picture

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande is expected to address the party’s 96th anniversary rally that will be held at the Mayibuye Centre in Galeshewe on August 6.

SACP spokesperson Patrick Bosiane said yesterday that the invited guest speakers from the tripartite alliance partners included Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, Young Communist League of SA (YCLSA) national secretary Mluleki Dlelanga, a still to be decided national executive member from the ANC and a representative from the South African National Civics Organisation.

“We are aiming for a crowd of between 1 500 to 2 000 people to attend the event. Transport will be provided from all districts in the Northern Cape including Pixley ka seme, John Taolo Gaetsewe, Phokwane, Dikgatlong and Magareng sub-regions,” said Bosiane.

“The newly elected central committee of the SACP will also attend the event, where the annual year plan will be adopted.”

He added that the SACP central executive committee would meet in December to discuss the approach that would be taken to contest the 2019 national general elections.

“While Cosatu has expressed its support to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as its presidential candidate, the SACP will engage with Cosatu in considering an alliance or coalition.

“The working class make up the majority of the voters.

“The SACP will maintain its alliance with the ANC, although it differs in various aspects such as policies and the insourcing of basic services such as security and cleaning to government departments.”

Bosiane indicated that the party would need to re-organise the alliance before it entered the election campaign.

“The SACP is not distancing itself from the tripartite alliance and is focused on strengthening ties and will remain part of the ANC.”

The SACP has spoken out against state capture, corruption and the Gupta’s influence over state enterprises, where it criticised the ANC for losing the moral high ground.