Speaking after a meeting of its central committee over the weekend, the South African Communist Party says many South Africans are tired of being taken for granted by the ANC.
The SACP believes that the decline in support for the ANC in the recent local government elections had sent a powerful message to the ANC and its alliance partners.
“Growing numbers of South Africans are tired of being taken for granted. They believe that ANC formal structures are increasingly inward looking‚ pre-occupied with factional battles and money politics. They believe that the conduct of ANC politicians is often arrogant and aloof.
“There are tens of thousands of loyal ANC supporters and many veterans who are excluded from branch structures by gate-keepers and fraudulent abuse of membership data‚” the SACP said. “The imposition of unpopular ANC candidates‚ in defiance of the ANC’s own guidelines‚ was another major weakness.”
It also added that all South Africans were deeply concerned about corruption, especially around the ruling party and its members.
“Many correctly appreciate major service delivery advances over the past two decades. However‚ they increasingly tell us that it is not material issues alone‚ but a prevailing view that our liberation movement has lost its moral compass.”
The SACP central committee expressed disappointment at the statement issued by the ANC following its recent national executive committee meeting.
“It is not that the statement did not touch generally on many of the challenges and internal weaknesses confronting the ANC. But ever since the early 2000s‚ successive ANC National Conferences and ANC-led Alliance Summits have raised the same themes – growing social distance from our mass base‚ gate-keeping‚ factionalism‚ slate-based campaigning with winner-takes-all outcomes‚ personality-based politics without any ideological foundation‚ financial politics‚ and corruption.
“What the great majority of South Africans are hoping for is a clear sign of willingness to act decisively against these morbid symptoms‚” the SACP said.