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sacpTimesLive reports that Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of the SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), has declined an invitation by the SA Communist Party (SACP) to the party’s national congress‚ presently underway in Boksburg.  

The SACP invited Vavi and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to its 14th national congress‚ as it eyes contesting elections independently of its ally‚ the ANC.  But in an open letter to the party on Wednesday, Vavi said he could not forgive the party’s involvement in Cosatu’s split.  The party played an integral role in the expulsion of Vavi and Numsa from Cosatu at the end of 2014.  Vavi and Numsa have gone on to form a new federation‚ Saftu‚ and are in the process of setting up a workers’ party to contest future elections.  Vavi also wrote that members of Saftu were "disbelieving and sceptical" of the SACP leadership.  He indicated that Saftu would only accept an invitation from the SACP when it "decisively and publicly breaks with politics of positioning‚ patronage and class collaboration".

  • Read this report by Natasha Marrian and Genevieve Quintal in full at TimesLive
  • Read Saftu’s open letter to the SACP at Politicsweb

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