SACP to demand total ban on labour brokers
The SA Communist Party is expected to call for a ban on labour brokers at its congress.
Delegates said the congress, to be held in KwaZulu-Natal from tomorrow, must produce a strong resolution on labour brokers.
Some delegates said the slow pace of the moves against labour broking might be linked to certain ANC members benefiting from it.
Another issue expected to dominate the discussions is the role of Communist Party members in the government and how effective they are in influencing the government.
Early in the year, trade union federation Cosatu called on SACP secretary-general Blade Nzimande to resign from President Jacob Zuma's cabinet in order to strengthen the organisation. Cosatu's call is expected to be rejected.
The Communist Party is also expected to discuss how it will expand its membership in the next five years.
The party has called for an independent SACP with its own identity and distinct programmes.
"We seek to strengthen the independence and organisational capacity of the SACP within the context of a strategic national democratic alliance. There's absolutely no contradiction in building an independent SACP and being part of an alliance," says an SACP document.
"Tens of thousands of South African communists have taken up the challenges of governance as cabinet ministers, members of provincial legislatures, provincial executives, mayors and councillors, as officials and workers throughout the public service.
"The SACP expects all of its members to conduct themselves as exemplary communists in these many deployments in the state," the document continues.
The document stresses that local government still needs to be fixed in order for equal services to be provided to all South Africans and not just whites.
The transformation of the economy will be one of the other main topics at the national conference, together with the issue of doing away with labour brokers.
The document calls for numerous interventions by the government on economic transformation.
In the discussion document, titled South Africa's Road to Socialism, calls are made to revisit the concept of black economic empowerment, because it has resulted in high levels of debt amongst some of the beneficiaries through borrowing to buy shares.
The vulnerability and the unsustainability of black economic empowerment as an economic transformation model, said the SACP, was exposed by the global financial crisis.