Special Cosatu CEC for Mangaung debate

2012-09-20 17:34
Cosatu delegates sing and dance at the trade union federation's 11th national congress in Midrand. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Cosatu delegates sing and dance at the trade union federation's 11th national congress in Midrand. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A special Cosatu central executive committee (CEC) will discuss the federation's nominations for the ANC leadership, first deputy president Tyotyo James said on Thursday.

"In the declaration there is a call for a special CEC... We appeal that you don't raise it now," he told delegates at Cosatu's 11th national congress in Midrand, Johannesburg.

This was after some affiliates again proposed, after the lunch break, that the discussion on the African National Congress' leadership be opened.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), who raised the issue earlier on Thursday, said such a discussion should be done at the congress and not in a CEC.

'Process of influencing branches'

"The next CEC is in November and the process of influencing branches of the ANC will be long gone," Numsa president Cedric Gina told delegates.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) agreed with Numsa.

"This is a congress... therefore [the] CEC cannot decide for a congress, but congress can decide for [the] CEC," Satawu said.

Gina pointed out that the national office bearers of the ANC had asked Cosatu to make sure what happened in 2007, just before the ANC's last elective conference in Polokwane, did not happen again.

"The pronouncement should be done differently... Numsa says the CEC declaration needs to be reviewed so that they do not rely on corridor influence," the metalworkers' union said.

James assured delegates that a special CEC would be held before November.

'Hot potato'

Earlier, Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim tried to persuade the conference to open the discussion, saying it was a "hot potato".

When his proposal was shut down, Jim said: "I want to see this debate through."

James asked if any Cosatu affiliates opposed Numsa's proposal.

The SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) said the matter had been closed and shouldn't be reopened.

The SA Clothing and Textile Workers' Union (Sactwu) also called for the matter to be closed.

"The political resolutions were deferred to the CEC... It was unanimous," Sactwu said.

James finally put an end to the debate.

"I closed this matter, it is not going to be entertained," he said.

After the debate Jim said he was "fine" with the matter going to the CEC.

Nominations for the ANC's leadership was expected to open in October.

- SAPA

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