President Jacob Zuma has failed to rise beyond the factionalism within ANC and unite the tri-partite alliance, SACP deputy secretary Solly Mapaila said. File photo: Independent Media

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has failed to rise beyond the factionalism within the governing African National Congress and unite the tri-partite alliance, SA Communist Party (SACP) deputy secretary Solly Mapaila said on Wednesday. 

''We raised this matter with leaders of our movement...we even confronted this confidentially with the president [Jacob Zuma] and told him he must come above the factions and unite the movement...play that role as the leader,'' Mapaila told delegates during presentation of the organisational report. 

"If a leader of a movement cannot do that, we'll be riddled with problems. We reported specific things even in the secretariat of the alliance and those things have not been attended to."

He said the tri-partite alliance partners have not held a single meeting following the SACP's decision to ask Zuma to step down. The alliance has since become dysfunctional, said Mapaila. 

"[The Congress of South African Trade Unions] Cosatu further took the same decision, and since then, there has not been a single meeting between us, Cosatu, ANC and [the SA National Civic Organisation] Sanco. This shows the level of paralysis in our movement, there should be a sense of urgency to deal with these issues, but the alliance is incapacitated and cannot do so." 

Further more, said Mapaila, despite the deepening crisis, communists should not give up on the African National Congress. 

''Our main aim now is to save the national democratic revolution, and so we cannot give up on the ANC, the working class must not give up on the ANC. Hence we say in our relations with the ANC, there must be a proper reconfiguration of the alliance."

The SACP, along with Cosatu, have banned Zuma from participating in their events.