Cosatu’s Dlamini denies Zuma endorsement

2012-05-04 07:58

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has denied that he endorsed a second term for President Jacob Zuma during a speech he made on Workers’ Day.

Newspapers as well as the SABC reported that Dlamini said from a stage that he shared with Zuma at the main event in Bloemfontein on Tuesday that the labour federation would support Zuma until the ANC’s congress in Mangaung and beyond.

But in a statement issued with Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi this morning, Dlamini said the reports, “particularly the headlines”, created a “false impression”.

Dlamini was “misquoted”, they said. “He did not make any such endorsement but spoke fully in line with the standing six-point policy of the federation.”

The labour federation’s central executive committee reaffirmed its policy at its meeting last week, saying although it would “defend” the policies decided on at the ANC’s congress in Polokwane in 2007, it would not get involved in succession debates.

These “distract us from the primary political tasks of taking forward our transformation mandate”.

Dlamini and Vavi do, however, say that the federation could decide to “debate ANC leadership” should “circumstances demand” it.

In the run-up to 2007 Vavi pronounced the federation’s support for Zuma, who he called an “unstoppable tsunami”.

Former Cosatu president Willie Madisha was ousted in the run-up to Polokwane after he openly came out in support of a third term in the ANC for former president Thabo Mbeki.

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