The South African Communist Party's decision to contest elections independently gives the party an opportunity to bring socialist policies to the fore. But indications are the decision is nothing more than a political threat to its alliance partner.
South Africa is in a technical recession, unemployment figures are at record highs and the inequality gap is far from closing. Meanwhile, small groups are fighting for the country’s wealth, with no intention of bringing the masses along.
The battle for the soul of the ANC is in the open and two distinctive groups have emerged, contradicting each other in public. Given the obvious divide, at which point can we can we refer to the governing party as the African National Congresses?
After the recent NEC meeting, few are under the impression that all is well within the ANC. While the party’s official statement would have you believe that the highest decision-making body is getting things done, indications are that the governing party has stalled.