Cosatu backs probe of ANC nominee lists

2011-04-30 09:43

Cape Town - The Congress of SA Trade Unions and the Young Communist League of SA have welcomed President Jacob Zuma's statement that the ANC will investigate all incidents where lists of local government elections candidates were manipulated.

"Cosatu has fully supported the ANC's decision to enable local communities to participate in the selection of ANC candidates and its members have been involved in the process, which has generally worked well," spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement on Friday.

However, the federation had expressed concern that in a minority of cases the process had been manipulated or abused by "gate-keepers" to impose candidates of their choice and ignored the views of the communities.

"This has unfortunately led to some rejected candidates standing as independents, something that Cosatu has strongly opposed," he said.

It was too late to change candidates whose names had already been submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission, but the federation hoped that the assurance that the task team would investigate irregularities with the list process, and remove undeserving councillors after the elections, and where necessary replace them with the communities' preferred candidates, would encourage voters to support ANC candidates.

Cosatu would work closely with its alliance parties to ensure that the process was conducted in an open and democratic fashion, he said.


In another statement, the YCL said the probe should be "an alliance-inclusive process, and that those responsible for undermining the will of our people, including those who failed to register candidates, be brought to book".

During the YCL's election campaign, it had heard how some ANC regional and provincial leaders had used undemocratic and bureaucratic means to manipulate lists to satisfy factional interests.

This had led to communities opting to support independent candidates or threatening not to vote.

It had also led to widespread protests with people being dissatisfied with their will being undermined, the league said.

"We have also witnessed gross exclusion of some ANC members from lists on the basis of their membership of either the SA Communist Party or Congress of SA Trade Unions.

"This falls squarely within an agenda foreign to the movement and only reminiscent of the pre-Polokwane ANC leadership, that of undermining the unity and cohesion the alliance."

The YCL called on all its cadres to go all out and campaign for an overwhelming ANC election victory.

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-04-30 09:58

    Jacob, how are you going to do that? Nothing The ANC has ever done materialized or if it did it has always been half baked and poorly executed. Except when money for nothing has been involved.

  • ilollipop - 2011-04-30 10:07

    I wonder what the ANC is going to do if the "independents" win. They were the ones the people wanted in the first place. Is floor crossing still allowed?

      Gatvol - 2011-04-30 10:52

      Victimization by the ANCYL strong possibility

  • Pierre - 2011-04-30 10:29

    The ANC will say anything to again steal the votes and then do nothing to correct the situation. Remember the will of the people come 2nd to the 50/50 gender split and alliances with the correct people and struggle credentials and a lot of other things imposed on the voters by the ruling party. Remember voters you are but children, the party knows what is best for you. Read some communist books and you will understand. A yellow t-shirt with the face of a corrupt buffoon and a food parcel is the most you will ever get for your vote from the ANC. Wear this t-shirt with pride, just remember we are laughing at you when we see this shirt.

  • John - 2011-04-30 10:45

    like that's the only problem , ,

  • Steve Wonderboy - 2011-04-30 11:12

    Who exactly buys into communism nowadays? Don't they know the only way to uplift everybody is through education? Wonder what is there to investigate. From what I can see the mentality of the ANC is mostly: "We are the chiefs/elders. We tell you what to do, you don't tell us what to do" There was no misunderstanding or "gate-keepers" From previous statements made they have said exactly that. ANC supporters may believe they are in the majority, but what use is a majority if your say gets ignored by your "leaders". Wake up people, this is no democracy your living in. This is a dictatorship already. Just try taking your vote to another party and see what happens.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-30 11:20

    And I say the "zoo" is a compulsive LIAR. He does not have the will, the dedication or WANT to do anything but enrich himself. What comes out of his mouth is meaningless. Always has been, always will be.

      SaintBruce - 2011-05-01 14:00

      The primary intent of a lie is always to exert some form of control over the person being lied to. The truth is always more powerful than lies; but those who believe a lie come, within the scope of the lie, under the control of the liar. Ed Silvoso 2000 The only reason I can see that the system of actual representation was changed to party representation was to effect the Cadre deployment at the expense of those who actually work in and know the community where they live! What a shambolic system which is not truly democratic. I want to vote for my ward councillor and not some faceless 'buddy' of a party leader! How about you?

  • Marius Rossouw - 2011-04-30 12:34

    Jacob, how are you going to do that? Nothing The ANC has ever done materialized or if it did it has always been half baked and poorly executed. Except when money for nothing has been involved.

  • bosegoos - 2011-04-30 13:16

    I don't know how JZ and Co are going to sell the 'democratic' thing if they don't respect the wishes of the majority. You can't impose 'foreigners' in local government elections. The voters want to nominate their own persons. Even someone who is not related to Einstein can tell you that.

  • Kakabooi - 2011-04-30 19:37

    Cosatu needs unions to exist. Unions need members who work and receive an income to exist. Thus Cosatu needs to affiliate with a party who creates jobs and wealth. Why are they still tied to the ANC? The DA is a far better proposition than the ANC. The ANC clings to their encumbent leaders who wants to nationalise everything resulting in job destruction and wealth for none. The DA wants a free society. Free to create wealth. Free to create jobs. Free to live their dreams. Come on Cosatu. Life can be a pleasure.

  • Taurusaurus - 2011-04-30 21:58

    Cosatu is endorsed by the ANC, so why wouldn't the puppets back anything the ANC mouthpieces harp on about? Give it a rest. The YCL can call on its cadres and CADAVRES to wave their arms about like the twits they are - the ANC has lost the elections and will never regain a foothold in South Africa.

  • Gen - 2011-05-01 09:42

    Are there people who still believe that communism can work?. Even the Chinese run a dual system because communism on it's own is based on mind control.

  • objective1 - 2011-05-17 14:11

    Even the Cosatu do not trust the ANC.. for what it is worth. I am a freedom fighter.. I fight to free the land of my ancestors from the grip of the ruling ANC as it destroys the country. If you are South African and call you self a freedom fighter then you oppose the ANC.

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