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Gauteng Cosatu, SACP back Zuma

2012-10-17 16:54

Johannesburg - Cosatu and the SACP in Gauteng will support President Jacob Zuma for a second term as ANC leader, the organisations  said on Wednesday.

"[We] resolved to defend and consolidate the leadership collective under President Jacob Zuma," they said in a joint statement.

"[The] meeting resolved to respect the right of the ANC PEC [provincial executive committee] to pronounce on any position as it pleases, while appreciating that ANC branches will have a final say on the matter."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions and SA Communist Party in Gauteng held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the political situation in the country.

The meeting discussed the nomination of African National Congress leaders who will be elected at the party's national conference in Mangaung in December.

As alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu delegates who attend the ANC conference are non-voting delegates.

Earlier this month, the ANC's Gauteng PEC announced that it was nominating Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for the position of party leader.

Provincial leader Paul Mashatile said the PEC had been calling for the renewal of the ANC and change in leadership.

In addition to nominating Motlanthe as ANC president, the PEC also named Febe Potgieter as deputy secretary general and Mashatile as treasurer general, as its preferred candidates for the ANC national elective conference to be held in Mangaung in December.

While the Gauteng PEC was unanimous in its recommendations for those positions, it was split on the rest of the top six.

The PEC recommended both Tokyo Sexwale and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for deputy president, Joel Netshitenzhe and Gwede Mantashe for secretary general, and Thandi Modise and Naledi Pandor for national chairperson.

Cosatu and the SACP said it would respect the ANC's internal processes, especially when it came to nominations and election of leaders.

"Bilateral [SACP and Cosatu] expressed confidence that ANC branches will certainly express themselves in a manner that is consistent with the values, principles, and unifying perspectives of the 1912 ANC founding congress," they said.

Comments
  • derk.woldendorp - 2012-10-17 17:04

    Zoomhead motto is "follow me I'm right behind you"

      ianon.ym - 2012-10-17 17:12

      HaHaHa - so now we know the reason why you call the strikers back to work - no-one would have heard you say that had COSATU not backed you for a second term - looks like they have the power after all.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-17 17:35

      As Zuma has a standard two education, it can be assumed that he must be the best of the best, that the ANC can drag out of their coveted election barrel to be the Grand President of SA. Can you just imagine how fortunate SA will be, if the populist revolutionary Malema, who simply holds the masses in “Shock and Awe”, also eventually becomes President. Then SA will be HONOURED as being the only country in the world who has a President who dropped out of school after two years of Kindergarten classes.

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 17:48

      President Jacob Zuma’s lobbyists want to offer Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe the position of president of the country after the 2014 general election in exchange for his not challenging Zuma in Mangaung: http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/zuma-s-offer-to-motlanthe-1.1396097#.UH7S6cXMiQG

      ISO - 2012-10-17 18:02

      Its going to be one hell of a tug of war upto Man-gang.

      John - 2012-10-18 07:26

      He's a puppet, why would they not back him? Cosatu and Sacp farts and zoomie says, 'aaaaah!'! Zuma bends to their will. A strong leader would threaten them, why not keep mr showerhead? They're backing him to keep lying awake thinking about the poor while he spends millions of tax-payers money on himself...

  • rheinhard.silima - 2012-10-17 17:05

    then il go 4 ada party,its ova between me and zuma,u neva lead us mr zuma,u were siting @ da back sit of da bus,

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-17 17:38

      Zuma will most possibly win Mangaung but the main question is whether ANC could pull votes in the national elections with Zuma as the ANC president. With the province that has most voters at Mangaung supporting Zuma, I am convinced that many provinces, leagues, etc within the ANC are not necessarily voting Zuma based on His performance but just so that they will not be thrown into the political wilderness after Mangaung.

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-18 06:42

      @thabang, you guys need to educate us whiteys on how this thing works. The way I see it, is these individuals represent the masses. They go to these conferences and decide who they want as a leader, or collective leadership Then, in the next two years, after Mangaung, they spend their time convincing the masses that those choices were the correct ones, getting a mandate to keep on doing what they are doing? The problem with this system, if I have summed it up correctly, is that these individuals that attend these conferances, those who stand to nominate and choose leadership, those guys, if they are corrupt, or have been promised the opportunity to dip their hands in the coockie jar, do you guys for one moment think they will turn around and tell the people if they were wrong? Never! Except when someone comes along and promise them a bigger coockie jar. If this summary is close to right, then I'm afraid we are in for total destruction. A system like that do not call for accountability by the individual and is doomed to fail eventually. It will fail the individual and the collective

  • Willie - 2012-10-17 17:09

    You still support a man with questionable credentials. it leaves much to be desired from this organisations.MEDIOCRITY is the order of rhe day.INTERGRITY is a strnge concept from SACP and COSATU

      ISO - 2012-10-17 18:09

      It really doesnt matter who will be the next ANC president, they will still choose and incompetent leader!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 17:10

    It is so clear who are the mafia dons and who are pizza-boys.

  • Makgobe Khala Morwamotshe - 2012-10-17 17:12

    we knw y u want Zuma 4second term...s d1 who put food on Sacp table,ur afraid of hunger..u knw if he cant come bck u wl become d poor-of- d poorest

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-17 18:44

      @Makgobe Khala Morwamotshe. Don't give up. Moses was once a basket case!

  • Paul Mphap - 2012-10-17 17:13

    come national election!!! we are waiting with patience!

  • desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 17:14

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! The TROLLS are starting to very, shyly, come out from under their bridges! Hopefully a lesson learnt! Trolls, you have damaged a lot of people on the streets way of thinking. WELL DONE!!!! ;-)

      morama.sebata - 2012-10-17 17:49

      Who the heck are you referring to as trolls...leave your racist mentality bout of this....you are one the people making the majority not to vote DA?

      ISO - 2012-10-17 18:20

      Morama, i think you are taking it up the wrong way. You get all colour trolls, they are the ones that all of a sudden become your friend because off what lies ahead.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-17 17:15

    Well of course they would because he's weak and they can manipulate and walk right over him, and so achieve their own selfish goals. What a cosy little arrangement.

  • john.morovonyovo - 2012-10-17 17:22

    ALL lazy comrade r supporting this lazy n idiotic Pimp Jacob Zuma

  • wwrer.ww - 2012-10-17 17:22

    All the slackers.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-10-17 17:28

    Blind sheep following a pack of wolves... are the communists now also worried about loosing the loot? How marxist of them...

  • native.rsa - 2012-10-17 17:31

    Good to know they are non voters, at least the strkes have shown us that they are becoming non relavent

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-10-17 17:35

    Of course they would, anything for a ride on the gravy express, they can't even spell \commie\ let alone know what it means, clowns

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-10-17 17:42

    Traitors

  • morama.sebata - 2012-10-17 17:44

    Only peolpe that has mental illness would support this moron for the second term!!!

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-17 17:45

    These opportunist they are not going to vote ,they must keep quite,who cares what they back ,we want change the country is on flames there is no leadership

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-18 06:54

      Change we all want Jola, we just somewhat disagree if that change must be for the betterment of some, or the change must be for the best for all of South Africa's citizens. Small differance, but the real problem here. Some like to share, others don't want to, ending up with nothing themselves. We must talk about these issues and decide if a few selfish individuals will determine our futures, or will we say, enough now, now the people will speak, and together we will push forward to a collective betterment for all. You choose

  • morama.sebata - 2012-10-17 17:46

    Hasn't cosatu supposed to be resolving the wildcat strikes instead of focusing on leadership battles of the ANC....ohhhk,they are looking for the tender favours in return.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-17 17:57

    Bloody sellouts.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-17 18:05

    Its early days but I think zuma will out muscle Kgalema for another term. I personally don't think kgalema will be an improvement, but the way JZ is handling the problems we are presently facing is embarrassing. He can't make any decision without having to worry about cosatu and sacp. It seems that they are the president and not him.

  • sxp - 2012-10-17 18:25

    Thus they support a bunch of old-school comrades whom has proven themselves to be useless in running a country. These people cannot see 1mm past their own ideological outdated noses.

  • sbchinji - 2012-10-17 18:26

    As a citizen, I don't understand why everyone including the oppositions are worried about JZ getting a 2nd Term for the ANC presidency. South Aficans and the opposition parties should worry about the ANC winning the next elections. Any change of ANC leadership does not guarantee the stability of the country. In 2007 the current ANC leadership had assured unity within the Congress since those that were causing the infighting had been removed out of the organisation. 5 years later the ANC is at war more than ever and this questions whether new leadership will give answers and solutions that South Africans need. Let the ANC elect their leadership and come election year let the people vote for a capable party that can listen to it's citizens. The opposition should focus on it's 2014 programmes and stop worrying about the infighting within the ANC and its leadership unless if the oppositions are not capable of governing.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-10-17 18:49

    Scared of losing their jobs. On there own they will never make it. The SACP must pretend to be communist, while enjoying all the money and benefits. Cosatu trying to protect the workers and make it impossible to fire the most useless worker, keeping the people without work out of the market. For all that they get lots of money and cosy jobs.

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-17 18:49

    The ANC is too shallow to run this country. a new smaller party in future is what we should vote for to get back our country from this thugs with big bellys.

  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-10-17 18:51

    Lets all relex nd try to focus on de future wth president zuma what ever people sayng wl never change anythng zuma overyas wil win everyone aware of dat kzn,ec,fs,nw,mp province plus sacp,ycl,ancwl and cosatu 100% win

  • alpheus.mokanyane - 2012-10-17 18:55

    J.Zuma has fail to provide excellence leadership for this country,unemployment has risen to 75% in particular the youth,there's has been alot of protests marchs with regard to service delivery,mine strikings etc.yet some \blind sheeps following a pack of wolves\ can't even see zuma is incompetent.he's not worth a second term in office.S.A has been down gradered 3 agencies now.it just shows that man and his gravy express passengers are taking the country down the drien.anc delegets should vote a leader who will perform his duties beyond excellence, given complex crisis,issues south africa is facing.and also a leader who will put the country first not a leader who take tax payer's money to get married every year,build a zumaville in rural native land.

  • alpheus.mokanyane - 2012-10-17 18:55

    J.Zuma has fail to provide excellence leadership for this country,unemployment has risen to 75% in particular the youth,there's has been alot of protests marchs with regard to service delivery,mine strikings etc.yet some \blind sheeps following a pack of wolves\ can't even see zuma is incompetent.he's not worth a second term in office.S.A has been down gradered 3 agencies now.it just shows that man and his gravy express passengers are taking the country down the drien.anc delegets should vote a leader who will perform his duties beyond excellence, given complex crisis,issues south africa is facing.and also a leader who will put the country first not a leader who take tax payer's money to get married every year,build a zumaville in rural native land.

  • Michael - 2012-10-17 18:56

    Who doesnt, except Mashatile, Tokyo, Ivin Jim and Cassel Mathale and ofcouse the expelled ANC Paresident as the media calls him.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-17 19:34

    Maybe Nkandla has a villa for Cosatu and the SACP - and they can all live happily ever after.

  • tngulube3 - 2012-10-17 20:24

    If Zuma be re-elected ANC will fall it will not win the national election.

      hein.huyser - 2012-10-18 06:59

      Can't see a problem here. It is time for other people to clean up this mess.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-18 06:49

    More years of over promising and under delivering by the goon show. This is what I predict for the future, with a government who do not really care for the poor or for that matter anyone outside of government. One only has to look at the lifestyles of these persons and a leader who allows in excess of R200m to upgrade his private residence while he has 3 other official homes which over the past years have also cost the taxpayer millions. All one can say if the people of this country allow these self enriching back into governance, do not protest and destroy properties or cause damage to infrastructure.

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-10-18 07:09

    Sad fact is that there is really no alternative because there is no leadership in the ANC. This is because "leaders" are chosen because they are kaders, and not because they have qualifications or abilities to lead!

  • tphaiphai - 2012-10-18 09:53

    Backing Zuma is nothing. COSATU has no voting powers. Powers are there at branch level. Most of the Cosatu gentlemen do not attend branch meeetings as a result of their status. Shame on COSATU

  • nhlapop - 2012-10-23 11:47

    Zuma might win in Mangaung, but the question is. Is he going to win election as SA President in 2014?

      themba.nsele.71 - 2012-11-09 16:34

      he can win and he can help anc to win the other following elections,,

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2012-11-09 16:33

    You may not like it, this is what democracy means, majority will rule. He may not be all of us favour but the man has to finish what he started, and he is the good guy for the second term.

  • themba.nsele.71 - 2012-11-09 16:38

    ANC will wind 2014 and next elections, there is no alternative to the ANC, the one that we should look as an alternative to the ANC, is busy fighting the individual from Nkandla,, There is no direction in the alternative parties.

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