SACP has began its special national congress with discussions centering on whether the party is ready to contest the next general elections and if its leaders should be allowed to serve in Cabinet.
The congress is aimed at reviewing the implementation of resolutions taken since the SACP’s national congress two years ago.
“Congress will pay attention to the reality prevailing at the current moment. Unemployment has risen, poverty and inequality remain entrenched,” he said.
Mashilo said the decision taken by the congress two years ago to contest future elections, would also come under focus.
“The resolution called for the reconfiguration of the alliance and the SACP to lead a process to establish a popular left front. What the special national congress will do is to assess progress in the implementation of that resolution,” he said.
SACP leaders appear so keen to remain in that alliance that they dubbed the theme of their national congress “Unity in the Movement”.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said they chose that theme to preach unity within the SACP which must “contribute to unity within the ANC” which is riven by factional battles.
Nzimande added that his leadership had several meetings with the ANC top six to discuss burning issues within the alliance.
The SACP has committed itself to intensifying its campaign against state capture and corruption but warned their efforts should not be “hijacked by neoliberalism”.