Malema planning a coup - Cosatu

2016-04-25 15:46
(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

(Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

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

Johannesburg – Cosatu on Monday accused EFF leader Julius Malema of planning to overthrow the government.

"For us, we can see the issue is not about elections, the issue is about a long-planned activity of how they are going to take over the country," the union federation's second deputy president, Zingiswa Losi, said at a briefing on its May Day events.

"They are cooking now. The DA, Vavi all of them, they are cooking."

Losi suggested that the arms Malema had threatened to take up against the government were being sponsored by a third party.

Losi said Cosatu called on all citizens to be responsible.

Malema told Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull last week that if the ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, "we will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun".

"I mean it literally. We are not scared. We are not going to have a government that disrespects us," he replied when asked if it meant people should literally take up arms.

Cosatu said the “marriage” between its former general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the DA began in 2012.

First deputy president James Tyotyo said they found DA pamphlets at Cosatu House and that former DA leader Helen Zille had attempted to convince Vavi to join the DA in 2012.

"She said to him if you can come over, we can make a formidable partnership. The DA needs you. Subsequent to that, we found DA pamphlets at Cosatu House. It's nothing new. He must deny this one as he has denied he had a meeting," Tyotyo said.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said they would oppose "marriages of convenience".

The Sunday Times reported that the official opposition had been courting Vavi.

The paper claimed DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Vavi met at a Johannesburg hotel on February 1 to discuss forming a coalition government in the highly-contested Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the Eastern Cape, should the ANC fail to win an outright majority there.

Vavi said on Sunday dismissed the report as an effort to sell newspapers.

Read more on:    cosatu  |  da  |  eff  |  julius malema

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.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
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.