Cosatu congratulates ANC on victory

2011-05-20 12:53

Cape Town - Cosatu on Friday congratulated the ANC on its victory in the overwhelming majority of municipalities in the local government elections.

"With over 60% of the vote the ANC has proved once again that it is still the party of the people, particularly the workers and the poor," the union federation's spokesperson Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"We wish all the newly elected councillors success as they begin to tackle the formidable challenges that lie ahead."

Cosatu also thanked all its members who had worked tirelessly to help the ANC on the road to victory. Their work had strengthened the alliance at grass-roots level and proved the value of unity in action in the struggle against poverty, unemployment and inequality, he said.

It was not an easy election for the ANC. Many of the poorest communities had slum housing, no basic services and infrastructure, and were understandably angry at the slow pace of delivery.

"It is a measure of the standing of the ANC that even in these poorest of the poor communities, the majority stayed loyal to their ANC," Craven said.

"There must be no more 'open toilets' scandals, no more failing to spend money in the budgets, and above all no more corruption and waste of public resources by councillors who abuse their position to line their own pockets instead of serving the people who voted them into office."

The federation was "fully behind" its affiliate, the SA Municipal Workers' Union, in its "courageous battle" to expose corruption and bring the offenders to justice.

"We will insist that in return for the union's decision to suspend its planned industrial action until after the elections, the ANC leadership must honour its commitment to take up the issues raised by Samwu, particularly the reinstatement of whistle-blowers, immediately after the elections."

Cosatu also looked forward to investigations the ANC had promised into allegations of abuse of the candidate selection process. It would support the removal of councillors found to have been appointed as candidates without the consent of their branch and/or their community, Craven said.

  • Bottom Line - 2011-05-20 13:01

    Cosato and the ANC, match made in hel.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-20 13:08

      ...the devil congratulates satan... ....he he he he he.. ..!!!

      saabnut - 2011-05-20 13:40

      Congratulation indeed to the masses that have just secured for themselves another 5 years of abject poverty, decorated right at the top with lavish lifestyles, expensive cars, overseas trips, and general self enrichment. Well done- intelligent choice!

      Kok - 2011-05-20 14:11

      Please allow the people to vote for who they want. It's called democracy. They chose. Stop with your subtil intimidation!!!!!

      LBS - 2011-05-20 15:16

      Oh yeah my Bro, the ANC, you are lining our pockets when we organise da strikes! You do everything right for us...... the Unions.....

  • CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-05-20 13:05

    congratulations first, then demands next followed by strikes and threats when they dont get their way. A match made in hell indeed...

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-20 13:10 strikes..!! NO services delivery...!!

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-05-20 14:32

      We have had more strikes this quarter than most countries have in ten years. Just speeding up our economic collapse. (100 plus strikes)

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-20 13:07

    So, when do the strikes start? Celebrate the "victory" this week-end and have voters remorse on Monday, once the alcohol has worn off.

  • JackieMoon - 2011-05-20 13:12

    If the poor cant help themselves by voting out the corrupt thieves that run government and vote on racial lines, then they must stay poor...they deserve it.

      Felix - 2011-05-20 14:13

      and tsek comes in with a brilliant call for unity. What a dumb ass.

      thefactxxx - 2011-05-20 14:23

      hey tsek WAP!!!

      mufasa - 2011-05-20 14:27

      Tsek... those people are the same color as you and they steel from all colors... so lets just recap... a few of color B steels from all colors. the majority of SA people is color B, so its ok if they steel from you and your mother and girlfriend? dam you are so forgiving... wish everybody was like you!

  • sheep - 2011-05-20 13:12

    not only cosato but the global community congratulate the ANC, this once again proves the ANC is the movement of the people by the peoole. We Love you ANC, ANC is running in veins. Amandla

      JohnnyBB - 2011-05-20 13:15

      ...bad sheep...!! ...look how they follow each other blindly...!! ...bad sheep...!!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-20 13:38

      ...could probably just be the Aids virus...

      CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-05-20 14:33

      Actually the US rating of corruption and opinion of our leaders is that we are the next Nigeria.

  • Cuba12 - 2011-05-20 13:13

    This morning COSATU threatens strike action, this afternoon they congratulate them... bunch of confused jackels

  • CamsComment - 2011-05-20 13:34

    Now for that Multi - Million rand party. The anc will keep on wasting - and the people will keep on voting. Maybe one day......

      GPO - 2011-05-20 13:49

      Wait for that day CAMSCOMMENT, right now its ANC all the way. All you do is complain, nothing else

      CamsComment - 2011-05-20 13:51

      who is complaining - i voted

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-20 13:36

    ...quiet before the storm... I see a strike on the horizon...

  • luana - 2011-05-20 13:38

    What a happy day in the history of our beautiful country. In my mind, the people has spoken. By staying away and by voting for the only party with a proven shiny track record in cape town, the people has reminded the ruling party of the following: no matter what you promise no matter what fear you try to instil in the people you are in our service not in power over us and being in service means work needs to be done to make our lives better not only yours and those of your family and friends Our roads need to be fixed our money needs to be used wisely to make our lives better not only yours and those of your family and friends The people are saying to the ruling party WAKE UP we are not happy with the way you are running the country. No matter how much money you spend on the election no matter how smoothly the election role is handled we are not happy with the way you are running the country. Get it? I personally lent my vote to the DA for the first time ever Because I have been to cape town and my heart sings when I am there where everything works from the centre outwards it is systematically being fixed and with the woman with the huge heart as the Mayor I am extremely excited to see that city develop over the next four years To me, it is evident that we are at a crossroads in our country Everything needs to change from today DOWN with egos and self enrichment, DOWN UP with humility and hard work , UP Not only by our government I do not see a government handing out houses magically from heaven I see a country where the government provides recourses to us so that we can use our own skills and gifts to better our country for ourselves I see us building our own houses with bricks we make our own vegetable gardens cared for and loved by us with our natural African ability to work with plants I see sangomas who uses their gifts wisely in service of the people Let is all stand together. Phansi with the excuses and self delusion we are poor we are hungry our roads and hospitals are shameful imagine a country where everyone has a common goal to make life better for all imagine a country where people don’t work on creating fear in others but love and understanding BAtho pele anc BATHO PELE LUANA

      edgar.flaplap - 2011-05-20 14:07

      Beautiful! nicely said

      changeisGood - 2011-05-20 14:14

      Luana wako Menzies?

      LBS - 2011-05-20 16:49

      Give this person a Bells!

      Maurice - 2011-05-20 17:37

      Luana, more people need to visit CT to see what you talking about. That City is working and the reason its working is because the DA is working to make it work

  • GPO - 2011-05-20 13:47

    JohnyBB, you right, If DA won they won't be any strikes, which is a basic right for workers, that is why COSATU supports ANC

      Felix - 2011-05-20 14:16

      Enjoy the rubbish in your streets.

      LBS - 2011-05-20 16:55

      Casatu knows the ANC is lining their pockets by NOT delivering, giving them more reason to arrange more strikes! Idiot!

  • mufasa - 2011-05-20 13:48

    Cosatu= ANC in sheeps clothing... nothing more nothing less...

  • Gavin - 2011-05-20 14:18

    Congratulations says the spider to the fly. This proves that the majority of voters are utter idiots. You wouldn't buy rotten veggies from spar or spoilt meat from pnp. But you will continue to vote for the party that caused the rolling blackouts, only fixes the holes in the roads when there's a national outcry, bills you thousands for water and lights and once again sits with its finger in its oxygen supply. Weep no more, for you have cast your lot.

  • Sollash - 2011-05-20 14:26

    So when we vote overwhemingly for the ANC we are stupid,blind,called anything but when the people of the WC overwhemingly vote for the DA that's democracy,hehehe,flipping pink hypocrats.I have news for you,the ANC will once again intensify the service delivery to our people and we will increase the above 60% majority which in your squint eyes you see as dwindling and we will tule our country until uyou all decide to throw your yourselves into the sea,hahaha.AMANDLA to the real congress of the people AMANDLA.PHATHA ANC PHATHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      mufasa - 2011-05-20 14:55

      "and we will tule our country until uyou" tule>? you will bush the country... oh i see you will destroy the country and let the bushes grow everywhere? Sollash have you met or spoken to an ANC member representative? i asked one why he supports ANC? he told me: because they freed us blacks from apartheid... ANC did not free blacks from apartheid the world did, SA was in the spotlight, and he kept saying that DA was for whites only and the will bring back apartheid... It was actually really sad listening to him, his vision and understanding of our history as South Africa/ns was blurred and racially brainwashed. I bet if the DA had a black woman in charge you would vote for her! but unfortunately the brilliant Zille is white, and that is all most black voters see... white= apartheid= f knows what. please tell me fact for fact and prove that ANC has delivered better than DA... if you can i will vote ANC next time>

      Maurice - 2011-05-20 17:46

      Sollash keep on voting ANC and chanting AMANDLA, if thats the only thing that satisfies your weak little brain

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-05-20 14:31

    "Labor unions provide a rich source for organized criminal groups to exploit" <= taken from the history of unions an FBI perspective, it fits really. Granted our lot don't do it with half as much finesse but who cars its a third world country, that is in a state of increased collapse so they are allowed to be sloppy.

  • Nkulekweni - 2011-05-20 14:34

    Oh Cosatu Do you not stand for workers' rights, workers' well being, workers' advancement? Or is your movement just a farce. Where are the jobs? Where are the schools. Why do the chhildren of your workers still have no books? What about the miners who have not been paid by Aurora mines for years. What about the million rand donated to the ANC by the owners of the Aurora mines..oh sorry forgot the owners are Zuma's son and Mandela's grandson arent they? What about the miner that killed himself...Cosatu, you have no shame.

      mdc - 2011-05-20 15:00

      Mr. Vavi, when is labour and unions (Confederation Of South African Trade Unions) led non-other than Zwelinzima Vavi going to form their own labour and civic organisations-backed political party? I await the day you will wean yourself from the ANC to be in opposition.. look @Zambia and Zimbabwe up north.. Look, Sir

  • Tiwonge - 2011-05-20 14:41

    The hand congratulates the leg for walking

  • Lefty - 2011-05-20 14:47

    Cosatu: Congratulations on winning the elections ANC. To show you our support...we will strike!

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  • Pigmalion - 2011-05-20 16:30

    Today we celebrate because we vote ANC and ANC win. Tomorrow we strike because no service & corruption from ANC.

  • Blikskottel - 2011-05-20 17:14

    A wise man ones said: We must actively challenge the publicly accepted scope of government authority. – unknown The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. – Thomas Jefferson

  • Maurice - 2011-05-20 17:35

    COSATU ANC Your days are numbered

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