Communist Party backs ANC in birthday message
27 July 2000
The South African Communist Party has urged its supporters to back
the African National Congress in local government elections in
November despite the party's criticism of the ANC's economic
"An overwhelming ANC victory in the 2000 local government elections
remains the most viable option to advance, consolidate and deepen
the national democratic revolution," the SACP said in a statement
on Thursday ahead of its 79th anniversary on the weekend.
"We therefore call on all communities, workers and all our people
to register an overwhelming victory for the ANC in the coming local
government elections," the party said.
Reflecting on the party's history and its alliance with the ANC,
the SACP reiterated its opposition to the government's current
programme of privatising certain state assets and services.
"The SACP argues that much greater emphasis needs to be placed on
the mobilisation and co-ordination of budgetary, parastatal and
domestic private capital for a more concerted infra-structural
development approach led by a strong national democratic state
which intervenes in the economy.
"Therefore, the SACP sees no need for downsizing, outsourcing,
privatisation and the reduction of labour standards in the public
The SACP also called for a public campaign for the transformation
of major financial institutions which it said continued to
monopolise financial resources and deny the poor access to credit.
The SACP is only slightly younger than the ANC which was founded in