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ANC accuses SACP of contesting local govt elections in the EC

The African National Congress (ANC) has accused the South African Communist Party (SACP) of registering members to contest the local government elections in Alfred Nzo municipality in the Eastern Cape.

This is despite a standing decision by the SACP to back the ANC during elections.

Tension has been rising between the SACP and ANC especially in the run up to finalising candidates list for the local government elections.

Tensions have been most expressed in KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga where the process was marred by violence and politically linked deaths.

The SACP has also warned the ANC that it will be punished by communities for failing to investigate the alleged state capture by the Gupta family.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says they will meet the party at the ballot box.

“It is not our business. We will meet them at the ballot box, it is a strange position as it was raised in 2006 and was defeated. I think die-hards want to test it, if it works it may become an issue that becomes a hot one in the party.”

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