Free State SACP urges SALGA to ensure municipalities serve community interests

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Free State Province has its Provincial Secretary, Charles Stofile, on his election as President of South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

Stofile,who is the Speaker of Matjhabeng Local Municipality in the goldfields area of Free State, was elected as the President of SALGA earlier this month.

Bheki Stofile. the new President of SALGA

During its Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting held over this past weekend the party urged the new leadership collective of SALGA to lead the transformation of the local government sphere and ensure that institutions of local government promote, support and represent the interests of our communities.

At this meeting the PEC received detailed political input and reports and used the session to detail and finalise a framework for political and organisational preparations towards the 8th Provincial Congress.

The committee also considered the state of the Alliance in the province, its relative influence on society informed by analysis of local government election outcomes and the tasks that confront us as a movement.

Among others, the PEC recognised the International Working Women’s Day celebrated on 8 March 2022 under the theme “Break the bias” and acknowledged that despite women’s commendable breakthroughs in various social-economic sphere of life, most women globally continue to suffer from the crisis of social reproduction, stubborn societal stereotypes, gendered-discrimination and bias.

“In South Africa, the gender biases imposed on society and reinforced by the so-called traditional norms continue to deepen the systemic triple oppression of women based on their race, class and gender,” said the PEC in media statement.

The party also noted with concern the poor performance in the recent local government. “The PEC accepted that many factors influence electoral performance, but pointedly attributed the declining electoral performance of the ANC across our province largely to subjective internal weaknesses in the movement,” reads the statement.

The PEC also raised concern by what it called the mutation and gravitation of various ANC Interim Regional Committees (IRCs) and Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) leadership structures into groupings organising along historical factional lines.

“This rising development resembles the historical tendency and tragedy in the province wherein, in the leadup to conferences, revolutionary tasks get abandoned at the convenient expense of pursuit for personal ambitions, power and access to resources, using the positions in the organisation for upward leadership mobility,” said the SACP PEC in the Free State.

The PEC also congratulated Caleb Motshabi, Thabo Mofutsanyana and Albert Nzula Districts for holding successful District Congresses during the past two weeks

To read the SACP PEC’s media statement… click on it sacp free state MEDIA STATEMENT