ANC warns on workers’ party

2013-10-14 00:00

PUBLIC Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has said a workers’ party was unsustainable and union leaders unhappy with issues in the ANC-led alliance should engage the partners rather than threaten that workers would not vote for the ruling party.

Nxesi was speaking at the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) provincial general council on Saturday. He said there were some Cosatu leaders who misled workers by saying the labour federation could stand on its own outside the alliance and pursue political and economic interests.

“A workers’ party is a non-starter and not sustainable. It cannot be that every time there are differences on an irritation in the alliance people threaten that workers will not vote for the ANC,” he said.

Nxesi said while it was the right of the delegates to the PGC to criticise government, he urged them to do so through the ANC-led structures and at ward committees.

“I would be the first to admit that mistakes have been made. A large part of my job as minister of Public Works is exactly to address these mistakes, to investigate wrongdoing and to root out the tenderpreneurs and corrupt elements,” he added.

Nxesi insisted that the ANC-led alliance was the only vehicle that was capable of taking forward the national democratic revolution and ensuring delivery of economic and social transformation.

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