Cosatu must recognise our march – ANCYL

2012-09-18 15:57

The ANC Youth League has made its voice heard at Cosatu’s national congress by saying the labour federation should recognise its economic freedom march in a congress report.

During a discussion this afternoon on Cosatu’s political report, delivered this morning, league deputy secretary-general Kenetswe Mosenogi said Cosatu was wrong in saying nobody represented the youth.

“If you read the report of the ANC Youth League you will find it is more or less the same as the economic policy of Cosatu,” she said.

Mosenogi also said the Cosatu report should reflect the economic freedom march the league had last year, led by its expelled leader Julius Malema.

She said it went to the Chamber of Mines demanding higher wages for mine workers, and to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Delivering the report earlier, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the private sector had amassed R1.2 trillion that it wasn’t investing, and he asked why Cosatu wasn’t marching to the JSE.

Mosenogi also said Cosatu should not separate the league from the ANC, because they were one and the same thing. She said just because the league criticised the ANC, didn’t mean there was a “battle”.

Lastly she said the league wasn’t happy with Cosatu’s position on Zimbabwe, because they seemed to associate more closely with the opposition MDC which is close to “imperialists” and which wants to discredit liberation movements.

Various speakers criticised the political report this afternoon. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said Cosatu pointed out weaknesses in the ANC with a red pen, but criticised as if it wasn’t part of the same movement.

He also said if the labour federation joined the “deafening noise” that sought to weaken the ANC, it was worrying.

The National Union of Mineworkers and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union were among the unions that lashed out at points raised in the report.

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