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Cosatu shows unity, ANC says

2012-09-17 22:37

Johannesburg - The unchanged Cosatu leadership was a good sign that there was unity within the trade union federation, the ANC said on Monday.

"It augurs well for continuity and uninterrupted servicing of all unions," ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

"It has indeed put all the prophets of doom to the dustbin of history where they actually belong."

This would also have a positive affect on discussions regarding policy issues, he said.

Earlier on Monday, the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) current leadership was nominated unopposed for another term.

"Their re-election is a confirmation of their leadership and ability to steer Cosatu in the right direction," said Mthembu.

The African National Congress saluted Cosatu for the good start to its four-day conference on Monday.

An ANC delegation attended the first day of the conference.

President Jacob Zuma, who is also party president, addressed Cosatu delegates earlier in the day.

He was accompanied by deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary general Gwede Mantashe, deputy secretary general Thandi Modise and ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete.

Comments
  • bernpm - 2012-09-17 22:46

    Did these guys see the socio-economic weather forecast recently??

  • max.reynecke - 2012-09-17 22:58

    These communist pigs sure do enjoy the spoils of the capitalist contributions of their poor members....but then again, they are just a bit more equal than the workers.

      donnmakaveli - 2012-09-18 07:20

      I thot the pig's pigment is pink not brown.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-09-17 23:12

    The fact that Cosatu never contested it is not mean that at Mangaung will be that same. We need leadership charge in Mangaung.

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-17 23:40

      Do we really??.......if we do....who do you think can lead us from th problms you have identified??

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-17 23:54

      Are we even allowed to know who the contenders are before they're gunned down by ANCYL members and other shady characters? What happens at Mangaung we have no say over. We not only have to live with whoever lives long enough to get there but the entire, secret entourage they'll bring with them

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-18 00:37

      Wolf, let me give you ANC politics 101.......we(members in good standings) nominate our preferred candidates(leaders) and conference delegates at BGM's(branch general meetings). Our conference delegates elect th leadership from the nominated candidates during the conference.....so yes we do have a say in who gets elected in confrences.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 00:43

      @thando - I see we chase each other around :) I've seen many chairs being thrown because nominated candidates were summarily dismissed, candidates very obviously being killed and very, very naughty candidates getting a vote (starting a new round of chair throwing and 'disappearances'). This isn't 101, this is 419

      Billy - 2012-09-18 00:47

      lol! change of leadership will mean nothing but another face on the posters and in the news. the same rubbish we experience now will continue, and they will keep blaming it on apartheid. how can i say that, you might be thinking? the same influential people behind closed anc doors are still running the show, no matter how many times you change the posterboy(president).

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-18 01:41

      Wolf, I think you are referring to lobby groups who dont adhere to organisational discipline.....you do have some members who are unruly but that doesnt mean the process is flawed. We do have measures in place to deal with disciplinary issues....what we have is recriutment challenges with response to political education. Most of \chair brigade\ are members who are political nubians.....this was due to the mass mobilisation strategy of the ANC.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-17 23:37

    Amandla comrades kulondawo.......the congress has shown confidence in its leadership, they can differ on the ANC leadership battle but they are united for workers rights. Amandla.......sanity prevailed.

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-17 23:50

      You are one moronic individual if you really believe that.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-17 23:57

      United for workers? Dude, where have you been? 1200 people have been laid off today. Thanks to Union disinterest in workers' plight

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-18 00:31

      Wolf......elaborate......and to the other one who cant debate, listen to the big boys!

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-09-18 01:15

      You know, when ppl start their post with "amandla comrades" I want to throw my PC against the wall and buy a new one that doesn't allow those corrupt words. This is not supposed to be a comunist country, its a democracy. Get with the program, those words belong in a communist state. And thando, there is no sanity to prevail. Cosatu doesn't look after their members, only their pockets.

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-18 01:30

      Dan get over yourself native.....Amandla nga'wethu(power to the people)....that is democracy you imbicile. Your liberalism has fogged your reasoning, Cosatu has triumphed in championing workers rights. Since its inception in '82 it has succeeded in consolidating labour issues into the governments agenda. It does have its challenges like any other federation....what happened today was a show of unity in diversity.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 01:32

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/mining/9548374/Strike-hit-Lonmin-cancels-contract-for-1200-jobs-at-mine.html

      thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-18 01:46

      Wolf....you are talking about Marikana, we dont know who is to blame yet for that industrial action because the Commission hasnt concluded its mandate yet so dont put the cart in front of the horse and blame unions for that labour relations blunder.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-18 02:07

      @thando - you asked me to substantiate. There it is. 1200 jobs gone. The Marikana fiasco is the epitome of Union and Govt disunity and disinterest. All the players were quite happy to let it all be as it has been for over 100yrs. Marikana is the symptom of no "confidence in leadership" and when the full story was laid bare, a systemic and absolutely callous disinterest in workers' rights by the Unions that purported to serve them.

      dan.ledwaba.5 - 2012-09-18 02:30

      thando, what "power to the ppl" exactly? The ppl don't hv power...cosatu and anc do but not the ppl. Yes, they did champion workers rights but what are they doing now? Once they were all equal, today Cosatu are hotshots and the workers are little creatures relying on their mercy, at a fee aswell. You say Liberalism, I say An Awakening, you say imbicile, I say clear thinker. I will not be called a comrade, I am a South African citizen. I will make sure my children get an education, so they can be free from being labled a "comrade". A "COMRADE" is no different from a "SLAVE".

      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-18 12:56

      dan.ledwaba.5, You are indeed a Clear Thinker, and not a comrade but a true South African. These supporters who like to refer to each other as "comrade" must carry on doing so because in Russian it means "peasant", which thando & similar clowns will remain for as long as they support these imbiciles.

  • donnmakaveli - 2012-09-18 07:13

    AMANDLA COMRADES!!! We can't allow anti- revolutionary political opportunists on corporations pay lists divide the movement. Come december will shall retain the top six leadership of the ANC.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-18 07:37

      Zuma is toast come December 2012, you revolutionary idiot

      donnmakaveli - 2012-09-18 07:41

      Yhu don't need to catch feelings comrade, chillexa ntate!

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