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popcruSunday Independent reports that the unambiguous message given by the Police, Prisons and Civil Rights Union (Popcru) to the SA Communist Party (SACP) on Saturday was that the party must purge the capture of the ANC and Luthuli House by the Guptas or be on its own politically.  

At Popcru’s central executive committee meeting, the union’s president Zizamele Cebekhulu told SACP first deputy secretary Solly Mapaila that Popcru and other Cosatu-aligned unions were seeing a mass exodus of members to rival federations due to the “capture of Luthuli House”.  His challenge to the SACP followed the party’s elective conference in July in which they demanded a “reconfiguration of the Alliance”.  At that conference the SACP argued for equal powers for all partners of the ANC - the SACP, Cosatu and Sanco - in decision-making.  It also wanted President Jacob Zuma to be forced to consult with the alliance partners prior to reshuffling his cabinet and entering into important government deals.  On Saturday, Cebekhulu urged the SACP to explain its model, saying “the reconfiguration of the Alliance must touch on other matters that we are concerned about.”  Adding to Popcru’s unhappiness has been the announcements of the appointment of Fikile Mbalula as police minister and acting commissioners in the police and correctional services prior to them being consulted.

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