Zokwana said the SACP must preoccupy itself with coming up with solutions to problems plaguing the ANC-led government and its service delivery shortcomings.
Meanwhile the opening day of the congress at the Birchwood Hotel in Ekurhuleni was not without drama as the Young Communist League (YCL) raised the placement of ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on the agenda.
Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver his message of support on Friday morning with Nzimande billed to table the political report before the congress plenary on Thursday.
Supported by the Western Cape delegation, the YCL charged that having Ramaphosa have “the last word” was tantamount to turning an SACP conference into an ANC conference, adding that this was not in line with tradition where messages of support always come before the political report.
In an attempt to intervene, SACP candidate for general secretary Solly Mapaila said national officials were managing the matter which arose from a list of demands they, through Nzimande, put forward for Ramaphosa to consider and report on during his speech.
The YCL submitted the SACP “should not be compromised” to accommodate the ANC as the latter would never do so when it hosts the SACP at its conferences.
The proposal moved was that either Ramaphosa speaks earlier than initially scheduled or Nzimande's political report is given after the ANC message.