SACP throws weight behind Cosatu

2015-07-11 16:02
Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande. (GCIS)

Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande. (GCIS)

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Soweto - The SA Communist Party (SACP) has thrown its weight behind the embattled Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) which starts its own special national congress on Monday.

''President of Cosatu you can count on us [as] a dependable ally of this giant federation,'' SACP Blade Nzimande said on Saturday as he closed the SACP's special national congress which was held at the University of  Johannesburg's Soweto campus.

''Those who say we are disrupting Cosatu, we can never disrupt something that we helped build.''

He knew some who were against Cosatu were not even there to help build it after its launch in 1985.

''All that they know is the ease with which they want to destroy this federation. We will not allow that.''

The congress followed a tripartite alliance summit last week where the partners the SACP, Cosatu and the ruling African National Congress tried to resolve issues causing discord between members.

During an address by Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini to SACP delegates on Thursday, he said reports that the party was working to divide the trade union federation were untrue.

"If it wasn't for SACP, if it wasn't for ANC, we wouldn't be where we are today."

He said that some people were trying to ridicule them for using workers' money for the SACP, but retorted with ''we are very proud of that''.

''It's not a shame that we are being supported by the workers because we are not thieves, we are not going to steal money from anyone else. But we are poor, but with dignity.''

''Continue ensuring that this red colour we wear symbolises the blood of the working class, not the thirst of tenderpreneurs,'' Nzimande, who is also the minister of higher education, said.

More than 800 delegates from all provinces met over four days at the SACP's third Special National Congress.

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