Nzimande warns on lack of open debate
By Nomavenda Mathiane, Business Day (Johannesburg),
31 January 2000
Johannesburg - The dearth of open debate within the tripartite
alliance could result in the creation of patronage and the
perpetuation of careerism, says SA Communist Party (SACP)
secretary-general Blade Nzimande.
He accused some of his comrades of supporting privatisation because
they had vested interests in the schemes.
Nzimande referred to them as comrades "who think with their
stomachs rather than their heads".
He was speaking at the weekend memorial service for SACP leader Joe
Slovo, who died in January 1995.
Nzimande said he had to raise these issues because the country was
faced with the erosion of values and morality.
There were fewer voices talking about the eradication of poverty,
which was a threat to democracy. The voices of the poor were not being
"I simply wanted to remind people that Joe Slovo was bold to raise
critical issues, that he believed in fostering internal debate within
the organisation," said Nzimande.
He said the SACP would support Cosatu's forthcoming mass action
because the call was against job losses. "The party theme for 2001
is to build peoples' power for eradication of poverty. We will
mobilise our people towards this goal."