The South African Communist Party (SACP) has given the ANC an ultimatum to denounce the Guptas, give MP Brian Molefe the boot and deal with Sassa, or else the party will openly campaign for Zuma to go.
According to a report by the City Press, citing insiders from the meeting between the two parties this past week, the SACP has become frustrated with how the ANC conducts itself, mentioning that the party also needs to stop using state organs to settle political scores
It is also not a fan of recently-elected MP, Brian Molefe, for his proximity to the Gutpas, as well as his involvement with Eskom, and has called for him to be removed from Parliament, the paper said.
The City Press said that SACP second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila confirmed some of the mentioned talking points, and also expressed “concern” over the ANC’s leadership, which has failed to unite the party.
The SACP is one of the key parties in the ANC’s tripartite alliance – the other group being Cosatu – and has become increasingly vocal, standing against the ANC on many issues.
The party has been especially harsh against the Gupta family and its association with government, and has called for their citizenship to be revoked.
Cabinet ministers who are part of the SACP have also been those who have openly challenged president Jacob Zuma (most notably being finance minister Pravin Gordhan) and are said to have become targets.
Analysts believe that in any imminent cabinet reshuffle (which is expected in the coming weeks, if at all) SACP ministers will be targeted and removed, to silence the voices of dissent in Zuma’s government.
You can read the full report in the City Press for 19 March 2016.