Alliance ‘on path to reconciliation’

2010-09-15 00:00

WITH less than a week left before the start of the ANC’s national general council (NGC), the organisation has embarked on a path of “reconciling” with alliance partners following a meeting between top leadership of the ANC and Cosatu on Monday.

In a joint statement yesterday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and his Cosatu counterpart, Zwelinzima Vavi, confirmed that their meeting centred around the coming NGC, the recent public servants’ strike and the planned alliance summit.

Relations within the ANC-led alliance are at an all time low as a result of the public servants’ strike and unabated public spats between alliance leaders.

Cosatu went as far as accusing the SA Communist Party of not supporting the strike, saying it has been preoccupied with government affairs.

There have also been reports that there are factions that aim to unseat President Jacob Zuma at the NGC.

Cosatu reiterated its public apology to Zuma and other government leaders who were on the receiving end of personalised insults articulated by some protesters in placards and in songs during marches associated with the strike.

“Such songs and placards were never designed by Cosatu, but originated from individuals, some of whom may not even be members of the federation, given that marches were joint activities organised by all public sector unions.

“Cosatu, from its own principled stance, made this apology unconditionally because it believes that robust debates, including public debates, must be conducted within an environment of basic respect for everyone,” the joint statement reads.

Both organisations said they were committed to ensure that the NGC, as a policy forum, retains its intended focus, which is to review progress in taking forward the movement’s policies “and does not get diverted by divisive issues such as the untimely 2012 leadership question”.

“We call on all components of the alliance, including the leagues, to reassert the long-standing tradition of allowing internal processes of the movement to deal with any differences and concerns, and not take such issues to the public in an untimely manner.

“We therefore call on all the leadership of the alliance and mass democratic movement formations to assist us in this objective by refraining from making comments that will spoil the environment we seek to create in the NGC and beyond,” the statement added.

It is envisaged that the alliance summit will be held in October or November.

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