The relevance of the South African Communist Party (SACP) under the current Secretary-General Blade Nzimande continues to be a contentious debate whenever the organisation makes public headlines.
The SACP is currently having its special national congress and once again questions are being asked about the relevance of the once glorious movement in the new dispensation.
It can be said without that the SACP has failed to take its position and show its relevance in the last 25 years of our negotiated democracy.
Questions have been asked whether the ruling ANC still needs the SACP as its alliance partner.
Or perhaps the real question is whether Nzimande and his stokvel need the ANC in order to stay relevant in the current political landscape?
Since taking over the reins as Secretary-General of the party, Nzimande cannot singlehandedly point one policy that he pushed through the ANC that benefitted the poor people of this country.
The SACP under Nzimande’s stewardship has become an institution that continues to breed career politicians, with him leading the charge.
Thulas Nxesi, Buti Manamela, and Senzeni Zokwana were successfully delivered by Nzimande in government and have all played a huge part in colluding with the ANC in its capitalist operatives.
Instead of using its close proximity with the ruling party to push pro-poor policies, the SACP has been fighting to remain relevant by having a few of its leaders in government.
Nzimande, who will do anything to remain in government as a Minister, has dismally failed to keep the legacy of Chris Hani alive.
The SACP is supposed to be a vanguard of the poor, marginalised, disenfranchised and working class but that has not been the case under the current leadership.
The General-Secretary has successfully played a key role in being involved in the ANC’s factional battles throughout the years in order to keep his personal status quo.
Nzimande has once again issued a less threatening declaration that the SACP will contest elections.
However, this time is not for the organisation to push its policies away from the ANC, but rather to help the ANC with votes as a coalition partner.
It is clear that Nzimande knows that he and his friends might not get government positions in the near future.
But if they provide votes in a coalition arrangement, they can mount a strong case and negotiate their way into positions of power.
The SACP of Nzimande, Solly Mapaila and Zokwana has successfully ruined the legacy of Moses Kotane, Joe Slovo and the great Chris Hani.