South African Communist Party

5 March 2022 The South African Communist Party (SACP) congratulates the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) for its successful 6th National Conference held in Western Cape Province at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 2 – 4 March 2022. The SACP welcomes the elected National Executive Committee collective and is humbled by the election of our SACP Provincial Secretary in the Free State, Comrade Charles Stofile, as the new President of SALGA. The SACP urges the new leadership to place the interests of communities at the centre of its efforts to represent, promote and support local government within the integrated overall system of government. The lower voter turnout at the recent local government elections, especially amongst working-class and poor communities is indicative of rising levels of hopelessness due to a deepening crisis of unemployment, poverty, inequality, underdevelopment, as well as unabated maladministration and corruption at local government. These are amongst the challenges the new leadership must work with communities, political and administrative leadership of municipalities to confront and address. The transformation of the local government sector is a complex but necessary task which the new collective must carry out selflessly and wholeheartedly, to reposition the sector to deliver quality services and development initiatives consistently. The SACP hopes the new leadership and all relevant stakeholders will work cooperatively to build functional and responsive municipalities that restore confidence in local government as a sphere of government directly in contact with communities. The SACP will actively play its role in support of all efforts by the new collective under the leadership of SALGA President, Charles Stofile. ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN COMMUNIST PARTY | SACP EST. 1921 AS THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF SOUTH AFRICA | CPSA   1921–2021: 100 YEARS OF UNBROKEN STRUGGLE PUT PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT SOCIALISM IS THE FUTURE—BUILD IT NOW! Dr Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo SACP Central Committee Member: Media & Communications   FOR INTERVIEW ARRANGEMENTS, MEDIA LIAISON & CIRCULATION SERVICES Hlengiwe Nkonyane Communications Officer: Media Liaison, Multimedia & Digital Communications Platforms Co-ordinator Mobile: +27 79 384 6550 OFFICE & OTHER CONTACT DETAILS Office: +2711 339 3621/2 Twitter: SACP1921 Website: www.sacp.org.za Facebook Page: South African Communist Party WELCOME TO THE SACP DONATION PAGE: https://donate.sacp.org.za/. PLEASE MAKE A CLEAN DONATION.

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SACP congratulates SALGA on successful 6th National Conference and election of SACP Free State Provincial Secretary, Charles Stofile, as new President of SALGA