Cosatu conference: ANC not 'paranoid'

2010-11-04 14:01
Johannesburg - The ANC's criticism this week of Cosatu's civil society conference was not motivated by paranoia, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday.

"The issue is that the ANC has a relationship with Cosatu," Mantashe told a gathering hosted by The Daily Maverick in Sandton, Johannesburg.

"Therefore if you are going to flirt with other people, you talk to your alliance partners, so that there are no suspicions."

By "other people" Mantashe was referring to civil society organisations with which Cosatu held a conference last week. Neither ANC nor government representatives were invited.

At an ANC press briefing following the conference, the party cautioned Cosatu about attempting to effect regime change in South Africa. Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi then said the ruling party was being "paranoid".

Mantashe denied this, saying there were "living examples" of civil society organisations being funded to oppose liberation movements, for example Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change.

"Reality informs our perceptions, not paranoia," Mantashe said.

There were civil society organisations hostile towards the ANC and the issue was that its alliance partner had "flirted" with these groups, Mantashe said.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  anc  |  gwede mantashe  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be difficult to compromise, but that may just be what s needed to keep things in harmony. Try not to worry or stress too...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.