We won't support local govt candidates implicated in corruption - Cosatu

2016-02-25 14:02

Johannesburg - Although Cosatu has agreed to continue supporting the ANC in this year's local government elections, the federation warned it would not tolerate interference in candidate nominations.

"The federation wants to make it clear that we will also not support candidates who have not been endorsed by communities, including those implicated in corruption and criminal activities," general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday.

"We must however be vigilant against agent provocateurs who come from the opposition parties to infiltrate community meetings and create chaos exploiting open and democratic processes of the ANC on the selection of candidates."

Cosatu was briefing the media following a central executive committee meeting held this week.

African National Congress branches have started nominating candidates for local government elections, however the list process has not been going smoothly everywhere, with some complaining that leaders are being imposed on them in some areas.

However, last month ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the majority of the branch meetings were running smoothly and the party was dealing with areas where there were issues.

Ntshalintshali said that during a bilateral between Cosatu and SACP, both reaffirmed it would actively support the ANC and campaign for it during the local government elections.

"It is critical that both the neo-liberal centre-right DA and the dangerous, demagogic EFF are roundly defeated," he said.

"In expressing our support for the ANC, our two formations warned however that we will not be able to support candidates thrust upon local communities through perverted, undemocratic processes that are in flagrant defiance of the ANC's own clear nominations procedures."

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