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SACP’s Nzimande warns members not to be swayed by DA

South African Communist Party (SACP) Secretary General, Blade Nzimande has urged party members not to be swayed by the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) desperate attempt to win votes by claiming former President Nelson Mandela.

Nzimande was addressing the SACP’s 95th anniversary at the Lilian Ngoyi Sport Centre in Port Elizabeth.

Scores of SACP members braved a cold and rainy Port Elizabeth weather to attend the SACP anniversary.

Nzimande unpacked his party’s long history with the ruling party. He says they were in the trenches together with the African National Congress (ANC). 

He condemned the DA for using the late former President Nelson Mandela in their campaigns.

“We refuse to allow reactionaries like the DA to expropriate and white wash out memory of uTata uNelson Rholihlahla Mandela. Yes Madiba rightly belongs to all South Africans and to all of humanity, but Madiba is not a tradable commodity, a Madiba stripped off his revolutionary history.” 

The historical issue of economic exclusion was also raised.

“One of the biggest challenges is that about half of our people are excluded from the benefits of economic growth and are excluded from progressing in life by the structure of our society and the structure of our economy. Excluded people need a voice, they need a champion and to be organised so that their interest can also be met,” says Finance Minister Pravin Gordan. 

Enthusiastic party supporters praised the SACP for its involvement in the struggle.

With few days to go before the polls open, political parties are putting in maximum effort to attract votes, including special votes.

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