Those calling for Zuma’s head over Nkandla must also be held accountable – S’dumo Dlamini

2013-12-19 13:16

Those who want to hold President Jacob Zuma to account for Nkandla should first “remove the log from their own face”, Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini has said.

He told journalists at Cosatu house this morning that those calling for Zuma’s resignation over Nkandla, should also be held accountable for their decisions and the way they were leading their members.

“The call for the president to account must not just be a one-side show. We must all account for the work that we are doing,” he said.

This was a stab in the direction of metalworkers’ union Numsa, whose president earlier called on delegates at its special congress to consider calling for Zuma to resign should Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report find that he had been involved in the security upgrades to his private home.

Dlamini also said suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was wrong to address Numsa’s congress last night, because the central executive committee had decided that he should not appear on public platforms.

He said Vavi “should not be excited by the cheers and the claps and then it is a short moment of glory”, but added the labour federation would not add this to the list of charges if Vavi was doing it deliberately to get expelled.

He said Vavi should think “properly” before accepting invites to speak. “We are working hard to find each other, to find a solution to our problems. You can’t be part of this process on the one hand, and then on the other act as if you are not ready to reconcile,” he said.

Dlamini also said Numsa would not be expelled for threatening to poach members from other affiliates in the federation because they were doing this on purpose so that they could leave the federation.

“We are not going to expel Numsa. If people are doing wrong things hoping for us to expel them, hard luck. We want them to stay,” he said.

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