Mantashe warns Cosatu

2013-08-18 14:38
Gwede Mantashe. (File, Beeld)

Gwede Mantashe. (File, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The ANC’s Secretary-General, Gwede Mantashe, has warned embattled Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi and his supporters not to drag the ANC into the battle tearing the trade union federation apart.

According to the Sunday Independent newspaper, Mantashe said last week that the “reality of the matter is that they are trying to draw us into this matter. We don’t want to be drawn into that mud”.

“If we wanted to form a labour desk, we (would) not need Cosatu,” he said.

He reiterated his statement made in March at Cosatu’s bargaining and campaigns conference “that Cosatu was weakening itself by dealing with its challenges in public”.

“A weak Cosatu is bad generally, not (only) for the elections. It is bad for industrial relations,” he said.

On Friday, Vavi said a campaign was under way to reduce Cosatu into a labour desk of the governing party, where leaders, whose ambitions are to serve in Parliament and cabinet, will be able to advance their individual personal careers.

At the same time he fingered Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini as one of those behind circulating the “intelligence” documents among some affiliates as part of a smear campaign to destroy him. Vavi’s lawyers have called for the censure of Dlamini and anyone else who circulated the “defamatory” allegations.

Cosatu is meanwhile forging ahead with the disciplinary action against Vavi after having suspended him on Thursday. Vavi meanwhile has threatened court action to overturn his suspension.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  anc  |  gwede mantashe  |  zwelinzima vavi  |  politics

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