The ANC and SACP in Mpumalanga appear to have finally buried the hatchet, if the latest development is anything to go by.
SACP Secretary Bonakele Majuba was sworn in as a member of the provincial Legislature at the invitation of the ANC.
Relations between the two turned frosty leading to a bloody confrontation in 2015.
Bonakele Majuba, a staunch critic of ANC Chairperson David Mabuza until recently when the alliance partners held a Summit to resolve their differences.
They agreed to work together for the benefit of the revolution and the people of the province. But ANC deputy Chairperson has contradicted the spirit in which Majuba was sworn in.
Mpumalanga ANC deputy chairperson, Violet Sewela says, “I believe everybody will be happy in the province because comrade Majuba is the leader of the party and he can’t sit at home without a job. So it’s our responsibility to assist him and by assisting him indirectly we are assisting the party.”
The partners’ differences degenerated into a bloody clash two years ago and since then the battle lines were drawn.
Majuba was overlooked when the party reviewed its list.
SACP secretary, Bonakele Majoba says, “We had differences and we engaged. We had an alliance summit, we dealt with our differences atleast situation is better now in the province compared to where it was. We cannot say that differences are over, will always be there but it’s how do you manage them and now I think we have matured enough all of us.”
Mpumalanga SACP is amongst structures that have called for the party to contest the election on its own.
ANC Chairperson David Mabuza on the other hand, is said to have an ambition to ascend to the party’s higher office, after the party’s Elective Conference in December.
He has been calling for unity within the ANC and the alliance.
It remains to be seen whether the romance will last considering the SACP’s resolution to contest the 2019 election.