South African Communist Party will now contest elections on its own.
On Saturday, the Party reaffirmed a 2007 congress decision to contest for state power‚ with its 1‚819 delegates successfully pushing for the move.
However‚ the party will not immediately break away from the ANC or the tripartite alliance.
It will argue for a reconfigured alliance — that all members of the alliance be treated equally and make governance decisions together.
In its declaration‚ the party’s Gen Sec. Blade Nzimande said it “remains committed to strengthening and consolidating our ANC alliance“‚ adding that “this will require a significantly reconfigured alliance“.
The SACP‚ however‚ expressed doubts about the ANC’s ability to undertake a process of renewal.
Nzimande said the ANC-led alliance currently was dysfunctional and would have to be reformed.
“The alliance mode of operation is incapable of holding the alliance together. We want to engage as equals‚ not as an extension of any of our allied forces‚” he said.