Blade does a U-turn on contesting the elections in 2019

Blade does a U-turn on contesting the elections in 2019

- Blade Nzimande is having second thoughts on contesting the 20198 general elections separately from the ANC

- The SACP resolved to contest the elections last year during their elective conference

- Contesting the elections would cause havoc and possibly a split warned Nzimande

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South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande has admitted that he is having doubts on the wisdom of competing in next year's general elections.

After the SACP had a falling out with the ANC under Jacob Zuma the SACP vowed to contest the elections separately from the ANC. learned that Nzimande warned that contesting the elections would cause havoc in the party and might even result in a split according to

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Nzimande made these comments during the SACP Gauteng Congress on Friday. He also used the opportunity to admit that contesting the elections would leave the workers under their alliance partner Cosatu behind.

“Let’s face it, were we to contest elections separately outside of the alliance, we must know we are not going to move with everybody who is inside the party, okay. What would that mean? I don’t know."

He said that the party could risk embarrassment if they did not have the support of all the workers. He stressed that he is not changing the resolution to contest but warning about the implications if the party would do so.

Cosatu will be discussing the matter during its congress in September.

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Nzimande asked that the members of the SACP but the party first and work towards unity and should not allow the resolution to cause division within the movement.

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