Dlamini: Expose ANC demagogues

2011-06-27 13:47
Midrand - Demogogues in the ANC-alliance must be exposed and isolated, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said on Monday.

"... [The Congress of SA Trade Union (Cosatu) and the SA Communist Party (SACP) should] train our people to detect demagogues wherever they raise their ugly head," he said at Cosatu's central committee meeting in Midrand.

Demagogues are political leaders who appeal to popular desires and prejudices rather than seeking support through rational argument.

They "shouted the same slogans" and "wore the same colours" as the rest of the alliance, he said. Those most vulnerable to their exploitation were the poor.

At a bilateral meeting last week, Cosatu and the SACP resolved to "close ranks" against what they called the "right-wing demagogic populist mobilisation" apparent in South Africa.

No debate

They said they were referring to a "tendency", caused by the capitalist system, which could be found within the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and internationally.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has ruled out the possibility of debate at the meeting on the ANC's 2012 succession.

However, Dlamini said that while Cosatu respected this, it had in the past pronounced on its leadership preferences at its central committee meeting.

In 2007, Cosatu's central committee announced its preference for President Jacob Zuma in his leadership battle with the then president Thabo Mbeki.

Dlamini said circumstances at that time had called for the announcement.

He called on the central committee to assess the current situation and determine whether there were "any similar circumstances" to make it necessary to pronounce on the issue.

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