Cosatu attacks anti-Zuma camp

2012-10-22 00:00

COSATU president Sdumo Dlamini at the weekend hit back at former president Thabo Mbeki and also issued a warning to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe not to contest the ANC’s presidency.

Speaking at the annual Smiso Nkwanyana memorial lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, Dlamini laid into Mbeki, for having told Fort Hare students the day before that the ANC’s current leadership was losing its ability to provide direction to the country.

“What is he doing right to provide direction for this country now?” Dlamini said.

He said it was ironic that Mbeki would say something like this when he had refused to work with the ANC as an ex-officio member after losing the party’s election to Zuma in December 2007.

“We are suffering in this country because of the Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear), a neo-liberal policy created by Mbeki.”

Dlamini also issued a warning to Motlanthe, that if he chose to contest the ANC’s election against Zuma, former ANC secretary-general turned business mogul Cyril Ramaphosa would receive the federation’s support instead.

Dlamini, also lambasted the ABZ (Anyone But Zuma) camp, which is backing Motlanthe for ANC president.

“They say there is light at the end of the tunnel but they must be careful it is not a Zuma train and those standing in its way will be crushed,” Dlamini said.

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