SACP wants discussion on economy
By William Mervin Gumede, Business Day,
29 May 2000
THE SA Communist Party (SACP) yesterday called for the opening up of
economic debate between the African National Congress (ANC) and its
As part of resolutions taken at the party's national strategy
conference held in Midrand at the weekend, the SACP felt that
discussion on economic policy was necessitated by the economic crisis
facing the country.
SACP general-secretary Blade Nzimande said worsening levels of
unemployment and massive retrenchments called for urgent
action. "Because of our disagreements around government's
macroeconomic policy (Gear), people shy away from talking about
problems facing our economy. Gear is not going to be an intro point of
the debate we are calling for," he said.
The SACP resolution comes a month after another alliance partner, the
Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), called for a meeting to discuss
tension within the alliance ahead of the local government elections.
Cosatu president Willie Madisha said yesterday that he believed that
such a meeting would take place soon and its outcome would ensure that
the alliance functioned properly.
The SACP also resolved to start a campaign to pressure banking
institutions to relax credit lending rules to ensure that as many
people as possible were able to access the facilities.
The party also expressed concern over disadvantages suffered by people
listed by credit bureaus. "This does not mean that we want our people
to be in more debt," said Nzimande.
The party also called on the Zimbabwean government to ensure that the
country's forthcoming parliamentary elections were free and fair and
that the rule of law be allowed to prevail.