SACP in KZN distances itself from alleged national shutdown

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has distanced itself from the image widely circulated on social media calling for a national shutdown on Monday, 23 August 2021.

The digital banner titled “Shutdown by the Citizens of South Africa, Ramaphosa must fall” has an SACP logo, that of its alliance partner the governing African National Congress (ANC) and that of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA), among others.

SACP KZN secretary Themba Mthembu said on Sunday: “We must state henceforth and categorically that the use of our logo in such illicit and dangerous campaigns has been done so illegally and we wish to distance the SACP and all other progressive forces of the left from this banner and its intended and allied outcomes.”

Mthembu condemned “the misuse and abuse” of the property of political parties, adding that the SACP supports the rule of law and is against any “demagogues’ intent on diminishing and reversing the gains that the SACP has harnessed in the last hundreds years”.

“This year we are celebrating 100 years of the SACP founding and never once have we been in cahoots with anarchists in our pursuit for socialism. Our alliance with the ANC is solid and any attempts to sow division will ultimately fail,” Mthembu said.

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The SACP in KZN urged its members and those of the ANC “not to be part of destroying the solid values and ethos upon which the Tripartite Alliance is built.”.

“The SACP also urges workers to avoid being used by elements that espouses right-wing elements and posture in their nature which can only do nothing but exacerbate the current adverse conditions of poverty and unemployment.

“The SACP also takes umbrage at the insinuation by the digital banner that it wants the president of the ANC to fall. This was and is never an SACP position and posture to interfere in the affairs of its alliance partners and President [Cyril] Ramaphosa as the president of the ANC still enjoys the support of the SACP and its structures.”

Meanwhile, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala has called for calm in the wake of rumours that a national shutdown is planned for Monday.

Zikalala said the rumours are being taken seriously and law enforcement agencies have been alerted and are ready to deal with any eventuality.

The national joint operational and intelligence structure (NatJOINTS) also announced on Sunday that security forces are on high alert amid rumours of a national shutdown.

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