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ANC, SACP pals again in KZN

19 February 2016 - 03:03 By Nathi Olifant

The ANC and its alliance partners in KwaZulu-Natal have kissed and made up. Faced with escalating internal strife, the parties yesterday sought to give their fraught relationship another chance and pledged to clamp down on "rogue elements" besetting the parties.The briefing was addressed by the alliance secretariat, which included ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma, SACP provincial secretary Themba Mthembu, Cosatu provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize and SA National Civic Organisation secretary Richard Hlophe.The briefing came just a month after two people were killed in Inchanga, outside Durban, an incident that heightened political tension between the ANC and SACP.Four days later, the SACP, following a visit by general secretary Blade Nzimande to Inchanga to calm the situation, said it was withdrawing from all local government election candidate selections.However, the party said yesterday it was reconsidering its decision as the parties were poised to meet on the list processes.The SACP also revealed that the alliance had been hijacked and infiltrated by business people who pumped in money and sometimes decided on who got elected to positions of power, at the "exclusion of good cadres" of the alliance.Among the rogue elements were those who "booed and insulted" leaders at public gatherings, in the media and on social media, individuals accused of buying votes, and people who exerted business influence on the party and caused local government squabbles.The secretariat said the alliance political council held a meeting on Monday to "remind ourselves of the political housekeeping practices".On the issue of "dirty money", Zuma said: "We agreed that our internal processes should and will never be influenced by the use of money from businesses."We debated at length about the increasing corporate capture of our fraternal organisations."For the first time alliance partners conceded they were happy with the outcome of the provincial and regional conferences, but stressed that the results had not sat well with the membership.The alliance also warded off suggestions of a provincial cabinet reshuffle, saying it was "not on the cards". "However, if it happens we do not want to be taken by surprise," said Mthembu...

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