Dlamini: Divided Cosatu can’t win battle against white capital

2015-07-14 11:59

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Cosatu president S’dumo Dlamini says no gun was held to his head in making the decision to go ahead with the special national congress. 

As Day 2 of the congress held in Midrand, north of Joburg, got underway, journalists were allowed into the venue after effectively being locked out for the duration of yesterday’s day-long debate on the adoption of the presented credentials. 

Dlamini, armed with the confidence of having won yesterday’s vote, emphasised that despite claims made in the media, the decision to go ahead with this special congress was no one which was made by a court of law but was based on the constitution. 

“Some union organised as a parallel organisation… they did not participate in the engagements of the CEC. Workers’ subscription fees have been used against them in their own federation. The federation was taken to courts. The name of Cosatu was put into disrepute. 

“This special congress is not convened by court but (as) per constitution,” he said. 

Day one of the congress saw some fierce lobbying from Zwelinzima Vavi and Numsa sympathisers who went to battle for the reinstatement of the expelled secretary general and what was the largest union in the federation.

Their calls fell on deaf ears as their attempts were immediately dismissed. 

Dlamini sought to re-consolidate the meeting – that looked as if it might collapse yesterday – calling for unity despite the current challenges. 

“We will not reduce this congress to a debating society, it must be used to provide answers to workers facing poverty, inequality and use it to rejuvenate the hopes of employers. 

“We can’t win this battle divided.” 

In calling for unity, he reiterated that the enemy was not fellow affiliates and members but, “the real enemy is white capital. We are not enemies.”

For live updates on the #CosatuSNC follow @City_Press 

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