Johannesburg – Members of the ANC and its alliance partners who speak out against state capture may be risking their lives, SACP second deputy general Solly Mapaila has said, adding that various party officials – himself included – had recently received death threats.
Speaking on the sidelines of the start of the SA Communist Party’s central committee meeting in Braamfontein on Friday, Mapaila said the threats had started in 2010, and that most of those affected “have been living with [private] security, without state involvement”.
Provincial office bearers, as well as those in national leadership, had been on the receiving end of these threats, he said.
“They even try to attack [the office bearers] from time to time. It’s not a new thing, the threats to our party leadership,” he said, adding that the cases were reported, but that there was no clarity on where the threats came from.
Mapaila did, however, accuse “factions” in the ANC of fuelling attacks on the party’s members and on ANC meetings.
“We are saying this problem must be addressed, because it affects us.”
In January, the murder of SACP member Phillip Dlamini in Inchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, led to a stand-off between the party and the ANC when it emerged that two out of the five men accused of his murder were ANC members.
In 2010, then-Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi also complained about having received death threats after he spoke out about corruption.
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas also revealed that he received a death threat from a prominent businessman before publicly revealing that he had been offered the finance minister position by one of the Gupta brothers, before former minister Nhlanhla Nene was sacked.
‘Everyone knows it’s happening’
Mapaila said the ANC had done nothing about the faction dubbed the “premier league” in the media.
“They must acknowledge its presence and condemn it and ask it to stop being a faction, rather than bury their heads in the sand when everyone knows it’s happening,” he said.
He said the presence of the faction was “compromising the integrity” of the ANC’s national executive committee because it had captured the committee.
Mapaila said the SACP hoped to raise issues about state capture with the ANC when they met next week. This was despite ANC secretary general Gwede…