Let ANC decide on its leader - KZN Cosatu

2016-04-15 18:00
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Durban – It is the ANC and its structures that can take any decision about its leader, "not any Tom, Dick and Harry", Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal said on Friday.

Cosatu on Friday said it had held its provincial executive committee meeting this week where it discussed, among other things, the Constitutional Court ruling which found that President Jacob Zuma flouted the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madondela's remedial action on the non-security upgrades done at his private home.

Provincial secretary Edwin Mkhize said in a statement that the extent and seriousness of the matter should not be overlooked.

"It is the ANC and its structures that can take any decision about its leader and not any Tom, Dick and Harry. The ANC is capable [of making decisions] and it did it when it recalled Thabo Mbeki as president in 2008.

"It did not start with the impeachment, because that is not our vocabulary in our progressive and revolutionary movement."

Mkhize said Cosatu would respect the decision taken by the ANC.

“We also respect the views of the stalwarts of our movement, religious leaders and other progressive sectors of our society on this matter, but we urge them to process their views in a dignified manner to the affected organisation,” it said of calls from some ANC veterans who had called for Zuma to resign following the ruling.

Mkhize said the committee expressed its concern about the unity of the alliance.

“There are visible threats... caused by both the internal and external factors. This impedes the alliance from providing the necessary leadership to South Africans and therefore Cosatu calls on the alliance to close ranks.”

On the politically connected Gupta family - which has since reportedly fled the country - Mkhize said Cosatu welcomed the ANC’s decision to investigate the family’s influence.

They also condemned the decision by major banks to withdraw services from Gupta-linked company Oakbay.

“We see this as narrow, self-serving and disregard of workers who are facing the challenge of losing jobs.”

The committee called on Cosatu to fast-track the process of starting a worker’s bank.

The committee was expected to hold its Provincial Executive Shop Stewards Council on Sunday at the Durban City Hall.

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