PROBLEMS: Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande briefs the media on a probe of  allegations of exclusionary practices at North-West University. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
Blade Nzimande. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO

THE tripartite alliance remains united and is not dead, despite detractors and enemies saying otherwise.

South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande at the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) 104th birthday celebrations at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Saturday.

There has been talk that the ANC-led alliance had lost its way and was no longer what it used to be.

Last year former president Kgalema Motlanthe said the alliance was dead and the ANC was losing supporters because it no longer had internal democracy.

However both the SACP and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) strongly disputed this.

"This year is the year of the local government elections, as the SACP we pledge to campaign tirelessly for the victory of the ANC," said Mr Nzimande.

He called on the ANC not to be, "distracted by factional politics, enemies and other detractors … Any of us who think that the time of this alliance is up is gambling with the revolution," he said.

Mr Nzimande’s statement was echoed by Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini.

"Let us stand together as the ANC-led alliance... and say to South Africans, ‘hope for tomorrow’ and realise when we work together, when we work to deal with the challenges that are confronting us on the ground, when we go," said Mr Dlamini.

He added that Cosatu would continue to support the ANC in this year’s local government elections.

"As Cosatu will stand on your left hand side, as communists (SACP) we will stand at your right-hand side and raise your right hand," Mr Dlamini told the president.

He also told the thousands of ANC supporters who sat on the grandstands in their yellow ANC T-shirts, that the ruling party could deliver a minimum wage and put an end to labour brokers.