People meeting in dark corners trying to split Cosatu won’t succeed – Sdumo Dlamini

2013-10-26 09:15

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Union federation Cosatu boss Sdumo Dlamini has poured cold water on suggestions that the federation is headed for a split.

Speaking at the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union’s national general council at the Premier Hotel in Kempton Park on Gauteng’s East Rand yesterday, Dlamini blamed rogue elements within Cosatu for trying to split the federation.

“Cosatu is alive. Cosatu will not split. We will defend it from elements from within and outside. We will defend it from organisational and ideological threats from inside and outside,” he said.

Following the suspension of Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi in August, the federation and its affiliates have been at each other’s throats.

Two factions have emerged – those who support Vavi and are calling for his return and those aligned to Dlamini who want to see Vavi axed for good.

Metal workers’ union Numsa, under the leadership of its general secretary Irvin Jim, will host a special congress in December to decide its future.

Rumours that a workers’ party will result from the anticipated split within Cosatu are gaining momentum, which may result in the formation of a workers’ party.

But Dlamini dismissed the rumours.

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In a thinly veiled attack on Vavi, Dlamini said: “We will continue to protect the organisation from threats from anywhere, even from within.

This organisation will not be centred around individuals, but its policies, history and ideologies.

“We will come out strong and confront our enemy. And our enemy is not the ANC, but the white capital monopoly.”

He slammed some for hosting clandestine meetings plotting the rumoured split. “If there was going to be a split, it would have happened.

If anything, people will go and Cosatu will remain. People meet at night in dark corners and they are trying to engineer a split. We are not going to be quiet any more when people tell lies about Cosatu.”

The money the federation is spending on defending Vavi’s suspension could have been better used to empower employees, he said.

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