Cosatu holds out olive branch

2016-01-25 12:00
KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni with Minister of Social Development and ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini at the funeral of councillor Garnet Mlete.

KZN MEC for Education Peggy Nkonyeni with Minister of Social Development and ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini at the funeral of councillor Garnet Mlete. (Thabang Mathebula, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The funeral of a local councillor on Sunday saw a representative of Cosatu assure the ANC that they would get the support of their members in the upcoming elections, after challenging the new tax laws recently authorised by President Jacob Zuma.

Masses of ANC Moses Mabhida region members and leaders of opposition parties attended the funeral of Imbali councillor Garnet Mlete to pay tribute to him yesterday.

Mlete died after a short illness earlier last week. His coffin covered with the ANC flag and surrounded by a guard of honour of local ANC members, Mlete was hailed as a man who worked tirelessly for change in his community.

He was described as a leader who had the best interest of the community at heart. As a former MK member, a 21-gun salute was fired in his honour. Plans to name Imbali stadium after him are currently in discussion and he recently raised funds to help several young people from Willowfontain Edendale to study at Wits University this year.

ANC Women’s League chairperson and minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini said Mlete set a good example of leadership. “Garnet built a community hall and roads, and there were still more developments coming.

“We need leaders who can defend our democracy. We should also take pride in the good work our leaders are doing and we should protect them,” she said.

Dlamini used the opportunity to hit back at critics of President Jacob Zuma.

“The time has come to defend the ANC. We should be more careful because there are people who want to destroy our organisation and the ANC government.

“Our president is being criticised and ... even the coming president will suffer the same critics, therefore as an organisation we should unite and protect our leaders,” said Dlamini.

Luhle Ndlovu, a regional treasury of Cosatu, said the organisation has the ANC’s back in the municipal elections.

Despite disagreement when it comes to policies, Ndlovu said Cosatu is not at war with the ANC.

She said Cosatu will challenge the tax legislation signed into law by President Zuma from 2015 and would come back to support the ANC to win elections.

“After we have challenged it, we will come back and give them our support for the elections,” she said.

She said Cosatu will not entertain social media politics suggesting a break up with ANC.


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