Cosatu wants clarity on political centre

2010-05-27 11:45

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) wants the ANC

to clarify whether the tripartite alliance is the “strategic political centre”,

general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has said.

“Cosatu had thought we made progress on this matter in previous

alliance summits but the alliance as a whole was a political centre that must

drive the transformation together,” Vavi told media after a meeting of Cosatu’s

central executive committee.

However, Vavi said that confusing statements had been made by

leaders of the ANC indicating otherwise.

He warned that if the governing party rejected the concept of the

alliance between the ANC, SA Communist Party and Cosatu, as the political

centre, the union federation would convene a special national congress in April

2011 “to decide on the way forward”.

Cosatu was heartened by statements made by deputy president of the

ANC Kgalema Motlanthe characterising both the ANC and the alliance as the

strategic political centre.

“If that view, as in Motlanthe’s view, carries in the ANC then the

matter is closed,” said Vavi.

Cosatu again raised the red flag over a tendency for a small group

of people in the ANC to attempt to “take control of the movement for their

narrow programme of accumulation of personal wealth”.

“The tendency has been abusing its limited access to the state to

launch secret and illegal investigations against all those identified as a

problem,” he said.

Vavi described the “tenderpreneur’s agenda” as ruling by fear and


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