Mchunu recall 'carelessly' handled - Cosatu

2016-05-26 16:52
KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. (Tebogo Letsie, City Press)

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Senzo Mchunu. (Tebogo Letsie, City Press)

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Johannesburg - Cosatu on Thursday expressed its reservations about developments in KwaZulu-Natal and the recall of its premier Senzo Mchunu.

The trade union federation was unhappy that the ANC did not consult its alliance partners on this decision, general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told reporters in Johannesburg.

"This was an unnecessary decision that was carelessly handled and does not serve the interests of the ANC.

"We call on the ANC NEC [national executive committee] to provide decisive leadership to keep the ANC united and focused on local government elections."

The Congress of SA Trade Unions urged all alliance partners to avoid taking decisions which sowed divisions and compromised the unity of the ruling party and the alliance.

Mchunu resigned as premier on Monday after reportedly receiving an ultimatum from the ANC's national and provincial leaders.

The former premier had said that he has reservations about how his removal from the post was handled. During a discussion with ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe over the weekend, he specifically expressed concern about the role of the ANC's head office in the decision.

State of the alliance

The ANC wanted to send Mchunu to the National Assembly. He said he would co-operate with the ANC's national working committee and respond in writing on his proposed move to Parliament.

Ntshalintshali was briefing reporters following Cosatu's central executive committee (CEC) meeting this week.

The CEC discussed the current state of the alliance - the ANC, SACP and Cosatu – which it said was characterised by turmoil, disunity, factionalism, and ill-discipline.

"The present situation is untenable and unsustainable for the African National Congress because we risk entering a new phase of decline and deterioration that will only get worse if things remain the same," Ntshalintshali said.

"It is now clear that some among our people believe that our revolution has taken a detour that is neither tactical nor strategic."

He said never-ending scandals and growing social distance from people risked eroding the movement’s "high moral ground" and weakening its political capacity to lead.

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