Cosatu leaders defy Mantashe's call for unity

2013-12-01 12:00
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. (File, AFP)

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu leaders appear to have defied ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe's call for unity while the SACP appears to be following its own agenda as it hopes to reshape government over the next four years, reported the Sunday Independent.

According to the Sunday Independent, Cosatu leaders privately accuse Mantashe of trying to save embattled Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi at all costs. They say Mantashe hopes to have Vavi in his camp to campaign for him for deputy presidency in 2017.

Vavi is facing disciplinary charges for allegedly sleeping with a junior employee at work.

Meanwhile, it appears the SACP is also following its own agenda after a leaked political report states that the communist party chastised the National Union of Metalworkers of SA for threatening to break away from Cosatu and encouraging people to vote against the ANC.

The report also accuses Numsa of trying to turn Cosatu into an independent civil organisation.

However, it appears factions within Cosatu and the SACP are focused on ANC succession in 2017. But one insider says the disunity in the alliance was disastrous for the ruling party just four months away from elections.

Read more on:    sacp  |  cosatu  |  anc  |  numsa  |  gwede ­mantashe  |  zwelenzima vavi

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