Cosatu boss to quit to take up ANC MP position

2014-03-13 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S Cosatu boss is set to quit his current position in the labour federation to head for Cape Town and become an ANC member of Parliament.

Zet Luzipo was listed second to former police commissioner Bheki Cele on the ANC candidate list for nomination of public representatives from the province to Parliament.

This was Luzipo’s fourth nomination since 1999.

Cosatu had previously refused to release Luzipo but this time around has given him the green light to take up the new responsibility.

Yesterday, Luzipo said the labour federation had agreed to release him after a discussion in one of its executive meetings last year.

“The matter was discussed at the provincial executive committee meeting of Cosatu,” he said.

“Being on the list is not something new. The only thing is whether I was released,” he said to previous nominations in 2009, 2004 and 1994.

He said he had never taken an indivi­dual decision on deployment.

“If Cosatu said I should stay, I would have stayed and if it said go, I would have gone.”

Luzipo also said he was set to quit the post and the labour federation will elect his successor.

In this round of elections, he will head to Parliament along with Cosatu president Senzeni Zokwana and Nehawu secretary Slovo Majola.

Their nominations come at a time when the labour federation is saddled with problems amid accusations that some are less critical of the ANC because they have one eye on parliamentary and state positions.

Luzipo also said leadership was not an entitlement.

“The point is at all material times we should not create an impression that we have entitlement to leadership. It would be wrong that Zet should have led Cosatu forever.

“For me the question of leadership is not entitlement,” he said.

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