The Tripartite Alliance National Executives Summit was held on 31 August to 1 September 1997. It was convened two weeks before the COSATU National Congress (in mid-September), and also in the general run-up to the ANC December National Conference, and the SACP`s April 1998 Congress.
The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Each Alliance partner is an independent organisation with its own constitution, membership and programmes. The Alliance is founded on a common commitment to the objectives of the National Democratic Revolution, and the need to unite the largest possible cross-section of South Africans behind these objectives.