SACP throws weight behind Cosatu

2015-07-11 16:02
Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande. (GCIS)

Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande. (GCIS)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Soweto - The SA Communist Party (SACP) has thrown its weight behind the embattled Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) which starts its own special national congress on Monday.

''President of Cosatu you can count on us [as] a dependable ally of this giant federation,'' SACP Blade Nzimande said on Saturday as he closed the SACP's special national congress which was held at the University of  Johannesburg's Soweto campus.

''Those who say we are disrupting Cosatu, we can never disrupt something that we helped build.''

He knew some who were against Cosatu were not even there to help build it after its launch in 1985.

''All that they know is the ease with which they want to destroy this federation. We will not allow that.''

The congress followed a tripartite alliance summit last week where the partners the SACP, Cosatu and the ruling African National Congress tried to resolve issues causing discord between members.

During an address by Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini to SACP delegates on Thursday, he said reports that the party was working to divide the trade union federation were untrue.

"If it wasn't for SACP, if it wasn't for ANC, we wouldn't be where we are today."

He said that some people were trying to ridicule them for using workers' money for the SACP, but retorted with ''we are very proud of that''.

''It's not a shame that we are being supported by the workers because we are not thieves, we are not going to steal money from anyone else. But we are poor, but with dignity.''

''Continue ensuring that this red colour we wear symbolises the blood of the working class, not the thirst of tenderpreneurs,'' Nzimande, who is also the minister of higher education, said.

More than 800 delegates from all provinces met over four days at the SACP's third Special National Congress.

Read more on:    sacp  |  cosatu  |  anc  |  blade nzimande  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.