Cosatu calls for great say in ANC alliance

2009-09-24 10:06

The tripartite alliance as a whole must be at the centre of

government deployment, the Congress of SA Trade Union’s 10th national congress

heard yesterday.

The alliance had to create an electoral deployment body which “must

seek to strengthen and reaffirm the centrality of the alliance,” read one of the

resolutions presented to congress delegates in Midrand.

“The ANC deployment strategy must become the alliance deployment

strategy,” said National Union of Mineworkers parliamentary co-ordinator Madoda

Sambatha.

Sambatha proposed that 40% of elected positions be earmarked for

the South African Communist Party (SACP).

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe responded that the ANC and

SACP would soon have bilateral talks on the issue of deployments and Cosatu

should not pass resolutions pre-empting the matter.

“We are allowing suspicions to destroy what we have built over the

years,” he warned.

The delegates rejected a section of the resolution proposing that

alliance partners nominate their own candidates for an election and that a final

electoral list be drawn from these proposals.

Criticising this proposal, Mantashe said: “There is one list and

that has to be an ANC list.”

During the debate on deployments, delegates pointed out that poor

service delivery could often be attributed to local government officials.

Mantashe agreed that the selection of poor candidates could have

serious implications and result in lost by-elections.

“The ANC is alive to that point,” he said. “Alliance partners at

all levels should engage each other.”

The congress passed a resolution that it participate in reviewing

provincial government, and said discussions on its continued existence had to be

further discussed by the alliance.

It also passed a socio-economic resolution for a move towards 100%

state ownership of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

This was proposed so the bank would be “completely independent from

the undue influence of capital through its shareholding and participation in the

governance and policy-making bodies of the bank”.

Cosatu resolved that it wanted the policy of inflation targeting

done away with in favour of economic growth and employment targets and SARB

intervention in the foreign exchange markets.

It also wanted speedy implementation of the framework for South

Africa’s response to the global financial crisis.


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