Cosatu under threat

By Drum Digital
19 November 2013

Cosatu's national office bearers (NOBs) are under threat because they are seen as standing in the way of the achievement of some undefined objectives, president Sidumo Dlamini said

Cosatu's national office bearers (NOBs) are under threat because they are seen as standing in the way of the achievement of some undefined objectives, president Sidumo Dlamini said.

"There is commitment to a war to remove some individuals who have been defined as enemies because they sit in the ANC NEC [African National Congress national executive committee] and in the SACP [SA Communist Party] central committee," Dlamini said.

"Drums of war are being beaten throughout the night, mobilising comrades to war.

"Financial resources have been mobilised for this war, we are told, journalist are being approached with envelopes; given stories to paint this or that leader, to plant a seed of doubt to these leaders, and to put into question their credibility," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at Cosatu's central executive committee (CEC) meeting.

Dlamini said that attempts were being made to deepen divisions among the NOBs and that everyone was moving to protect their own space and position.

He said this meant that counter-battles were being waged at night, while marches which dragged his office into the mud were held during the day because he dared to stand up and defend the constitution and the integrity of the Congress of SA Trade Union's (Cosatu) policies.

"This NOB collective is being threatened that it will be removed; they are being insulted for doing the work for which they were elected," he said.

"Our organisations are being dragged into battles to protect egos of individual comrades.... As the NOB collective, we are concerned about how the organisation is being held to ransom about executing its own policies."

- SAPA

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