South Africa held general elections on May 6-8. Although there had been some discussion previously of the South African Communist Party (SACP) running its own separate candidates, in the end the communists pushed for support for the African National Congress’ incumbent president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and for ANC candidates at other levels. Preliminary results indicate that the ANC has once more won a majority in parliament and Ramaphosa has been reelected—in both cases, with somewhat reduced margins.
Yet the SACP had warned in its election manifesto that its call for support for the ANC was “no blank check”. The document credits President Ramaphosa with beginning the job of cleaning up the corruption and “state capture” that characterized the government of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, but points out that there is still a lot of work to do on that front. Furthermore, the SACP calls for increased struggle to meet the people’s needs for jobs, better incomes, housing, health care and education.