Duarte: Vavi spy report not ANC business

2013-08-26 11:03

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It is up to the state to deal with the alleged spy report released by suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, ANC deputy general secretary Jessie Duarte has said.

“It is not a matter that we put very high on our agenda. We have been here before, where people write reports out of their own heads,” she told City Press on the sidelines of a media briefing in Parktown, Joburg, this morning.

“It hasn’t had any traction in the media, it isn’t going anywhere,” she said, adding that it hasn’t sown any discord in the alliance so far.

“It is a very weird thing, and it is not something that we should deal with as the ANC.”

She said Vavi was right to complain to the appropriate state bodies because producing “spy reports” of this nature was a criminal offence.

She added it was unclear what the purpose of the report was.

Duarte told journalists that the ANC was working with Cosatu to try and resolve their internal differences because unity inside Cosatu was also necessary for the ANC to function well.

She said Cosatu’s discord was unlikely to influence the ANC negatively at next year’s general elections. “From our door to door work, we haven’t picked up that it will affect voters,” she said.

Duarte also said the ANC was speaking to unions outside Cosatu about next year’s elections.

Asked whether that included mining union Amcu, which has become more popular than Cosatu’s National Union of Mineworkers in some mines, she said: “There is no reason why we shouldn’t talk to Amcu. They are not a political party, they are a trade union.”

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