JOHANNESBURG – The South African Communist Party (SACP) has swiftly summoned a meeting of the Tripartite Alliance to confront growing concerns regarding the proposed austerity measures by the Treasury. The party is championing a dialogue that places national interests at the forefront, emphasizing the need to prioritize these over private concerns in the wake of economic challenges.
SACP Secretary-General, Solly Mapaila, voiced strong disapproval of the Treasury’s approach, categorizing it as an imposition of austerity through budget cuts. “We’re extremely appalled by this approach by Treasury to impose budget cuts, which is what is called austerity,” remarked Mapaila.
He underscored the urgency for the alliance, inclusive of the ANC and Cosatu, to engage in prompt discussions on this matter. Mapaila highlighted the lack of consultation, stating, “We’re not even consulted about this thing. We just hear pronouncements by the minister and the Treasury, which has almost turned itself into the center of policy-making in government, irrespective of broad policies adopted by the government as well as by the manifestos of the ANC, which we have endorsed as the alliance.”
The call for an immediate alliance meeting underscores the SACP’s commitment to fostering collaboration and inclusive decision-making in addressing critical economic issues facing the country.