Alliance’s enemies peddle rumours, gossip – ANC

2014-12-04 11:55

Cosatu and Numsa’s leaders must be vigilant against those trying to drive a wedge between alliance partners, says the ANC.

“We must be cautious of misinformation peddlers who will spread lies, rumours and gossip about one another,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa today.

“Unity of purpose is the only tool we have to defeat our enemies.”

The ANC is in an alliance with the South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Kodwa was referring to an allegation by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa yesterday that a document was being circulated that formed part of a plan to destroy the union.

“We have no doubt that the circulation of this document and its nefarious accusations is part of a well-orchestrated plan to destroy Numsa and to deter Numsa from its chosen path,” said Numsa deputy general secretary Karl Cloete.

“We also have no doubt that prompting all these dastardly and desperate acts are our December 2013 special national congress resolutions.”

The metalworkers union took a resolution at its congress last year not to support the African National Congress during the general elections.

This was partly why Numsa was expelled from Cosatu last month.

The ANC has stepped in to try help the trade union federation deal with internal friction, including Numsa’s expulsion.

Cloete said the plan to deal with Numsa had many prongs, which included its expulsion from Cosatu, the delay by the labour department in registering amendments to its constitution, and open support for a rival union in sectors Numsa organised within.

Kodwa today said the ruling party remained focused on helping Cosatu and its affiliates build unity.

“We reject any attempt to defocus our leadership from this task through spurious allegations which are unfounded, mischievous and hearsay.

“We must bury our hatchet and embrace each other for the sake of our revolution and refuse to be used against one another,” he said.

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