ANC criticises Cosatu report

2012-09-18 22:39

Johannesburg - The ANC criticised Cosatu's political report on Tuesday for saying that there were no trade unionists in the party's national executive committee [NEC].

"The federation says that there is no trade union leader in the NEC, but more than 10 Cabinet ministers have had their backgrounds in this federation," African National Congress secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at the Congress of SA Trade Unions' 11th congress in Midrand.

"Once they get a responsibility in government, the federation seems to disown them. It is like a revolving door... [for members] every five years."

Earlier, while presenting the political report, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the ANC needed to have trade unionists in its NEC.

"Today there is not a single serving trade unionist that is serving on [the ANC's NEC]... We can't have an NEC that does not have a trade unionist," he said.

"We want to see an ANC that reflects society."

Mantashe also criticised the federation for reducing its definition of the "working class" to trade union members.

"It cannot be correct for it [the ANC] to be biased to the trade unions and not the working class," he said.

Mantashe said the political report placed Cosatu outside the movement that it said was in crisis.

"It should articulate its position as... being part of the movement."

Vavi said earlier that the ANC was "increasingly wracked by factionalism, patronage and corruption".

"This is a crisis in state... which translates into an institutionalised crisis in respect of service delivery," he said.

Mantashe said the report was "trying to drive a wedge between the ANC and its members" by saying that it was preoccupied with the second phase of its transition.

He said the ANC was under attack from disillusioned members of the movement and Cosatu often aligned itself with the views of those members.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-18 23:30

    Eish.....who praises who and then bite each other in the ankles.Only in South Africa...only the ANC and Cosatu.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-09-19 02:37

    Boring !!

  • doctorate - 2012-09-19 05:11

    Wats hapening here dis magogos must resign they a 2 old its a mary go around they playing us like a socer ball

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-09-19 05:18

    hey shutup Mantashe we are not listening to u anymore

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-19 06:19

    I would have thought that trade unions should not be involved in government. Didnt the striking miners say they were negotiating for themselves because they felt the trade unions were to close to the government. The right hand dosnt know what the left hand is doing

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-19 08:39

      And the whole thing has hopefully been resolved without the unions. Makes one wonder how necessary the unions are.

  • khumbulani.kunene.12 - 2012-09-19 06:51

    What have been said by Vaviis true ANC iz corrupt and they a capitalist who a only care abt themselves nt abt people who in grassroots level.

  • allan.keyzer - 2012-09-19 08:26

    Cosatu are only interested in furthering the aims of their currently employed members (2 million) at the expense of the unemployed ( 8 million) The unemployed masses hold the political balance and it is very interesting to see different parties trying to get the unemployed on their side. Cosatu where to for your organisation?

  • glenn.chi.9 - 2012-09-19 08:52

    Mr Mantashe, you're exactly wrong - you shouldn't have a trade unionist (COSATU) nor a communist (SACP) on your NEC. What you should have is an NEC that only has ANC members on it. The other two alliance partners should run for electtion and then get representation in Parliament. That is where government policy should be made not in the ANC NEC, because, the ANC NEC doesn't represent 40% of the population of this country, whereas Parliament represents 100% of SA. It will also mean that ALL government policy is debated properly and not just pushed through the institution that is meant to regulate single party abuse. Only then will government policy be truely representative of all South Africans, and indeed, work for the benefit of the country. PS, just because they aren't in an alliance, doesn't mean that they can't agree with ANC policy and collectively agree in Parliament. It just means that Parliament actually does what it is meant to do and allows for other views and proper governance. Take the "Secrecy Bill" as a perfect example - ANC pushing its agenda purely for the benefit of ANC NEC (and other senior members) and at the exclusion of the electorate - here the SACP and COSATU could effectively ensure that this bill never sees the light of day

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