Cosatu calls on members to remain in the ANC

2011-03-28 10:43

Cosatu in the North West today called on its members to remain in the ANC after disappointment over the party’s list process.

“We are requesting and appealing to all members of the federation and loyal members of the ANC in all regions that we must go out and work for the ANC to win the election. Let’s close the book of complaining,” said Cosatu provincial secretary Solly Phetoe.

“Cosatu calls all its members to remain in the movement of the people, the ANC.”

This after the ANC had made changes to its candidate lists without informing Cosatu.

“As Cosatu we want to be on record that we condemn and reject strongly that the federation was not informed regarding the changes on [the] ANC list,” he said.

“Those who know very well that they were not nominated by the real ANC branches and supported by members of the communities will remain with sins in their heart during the election work and when they are in council to perform their duties as per the ANC manifesto.”

There was a spate of protests over the ANC candidate lists in the North West last week. ANC provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge at the time said the party was not attending to any more complaints as it had already dealt with them. He could not immediately be reached for comment today.

Phetoe condemned the choice of some members to contest the election independently, the burning of government property and those who planned to resign from the ANC after their names were removed from the lists.

The removals arose from the factional battles leading up to the province’s elective conference earlier this year, he said.

“As the federation in the North West we are calling for a cool down from all those who are removed from the list due to factions, due to friends, due to business opportunities including populists in the ANC.

“The ANC is not for sale; those who are imposed on the communities will not fail the ANC in the long run like those who are removed before the end of their term.”

He said Cosatu in the North West was “on the ground” to make sure the ANC won the 2011 local elections and warned the Democratic Alliance to “stop promising our poor people things that they did not do when their friend the National Party [was] in power”.

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