Polokwane – Emerging “anti-communist attacks” throughout the country, especially in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, are intended to scuttle the unity of the ANC-SACP alliance, the SA Communist Party in Limpopo said on Sunday.

An SACP meeting was disrupted on Saturday by a “bunch of thugs trucked-in by the African National Congress branch chairperson of Ward Four near the University of Limpopo outside Polokwane”, the SACP said in a statement.

The meeting was being held to mark the Joe Slovo commemoration and The Right to Learn Campaign.

“The mob, which arrived in a mini-truck, started singing anti-SACP songs and became unruly, holding the meeting hostage. The mob of thugs then went on to collapse the marquee under which the meeting was held and disconnected [the] electric power, switching off the sound system.

“Some of the hooligans were visibly drunk. They shouted down invited speakers from the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and the Young Communist League (YCLSA), and then collapsed the marquee when the SACP provincial secretary was short of finishing his address. The South African Police Service were called to the scene to eject the hooligans from the meeting,” the SACP statement said.

The SACP would lay charges of public violence with the law enforcement agencies against the “concerned ANC branch chairperson and his troops”.

“The incident that occurred at Turfloop is not an isolated occurrence. It is part of an emerging anti-communist attacks happening throughout the country, especially in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. The main objective of these anti-SACP attacks is to scuttle the unity of the ANC-SACP alliance and disrupt the national democratic revolution and the struggle for socialism.

“We call upon our members to do everything in their power to defend the SACP against all forms of attacks and disruption of its activities throughout Limpopo province. The SACP will not be kowtowed by sponsored hooliganism at our meetings anywhere in the province,” the SACP said.