Cosatu’s Dlamini mum on Irvin Jim’s accusations

2013-08-30 17:02

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Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini has refused to comment on accusations by metal workers’ union boss Irvin Jim that the labour federation failed to ask for a postponement of this weekend’s alliance summit.

Jim earlier today said Numsa had requested Cosatu bosses to ask the ANC for a postponement.

Said Dlamini: “I need to declare upfront that the leadership of Cosatu will not be in the business to compete with a Cosatu affiliate in the media and internally.”

A strained-looking Dlamini said all Cosatu affiliates have been participating in the preparations for the summit for a while.

“There have been concerns about whether the summit would include issues like the NDP (National Development Plan) and issues of the macro economic policy, and we needed to verify that before we could engage in the summit.”

He said Cosatu found these were on the agenda, and decided to attend.

“We have prepared ourselves to hold our position on the matter and will engage the commissions on the matter. I’m not going to say that what Numsa says is right or wrong. Cosatu came here to engage on those issues of the NDP and macro economic issues.”

He said suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi’s disciplinary case would not be discussed by the summit, which is also attended by the ANC and the SACP.

“That is an internal matter.”

Vavi was not at the summit, and some delegates joked it would be “boring” without him.

The summit is to discuss any issues causing friction within the alliance, policy positions as well as preparations for next year’s elections.

Office bearers from the three alliance partners looked jovial when they sat on stage during the photo opportunity at the start of the summit.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa even assumed some mocking poses, joking with delegates on the floor.

SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande wasn’t spotted at the start of the summit, which is due to end Sunday.

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