ANC decision baffles Cosatu

2011-06-06 20:11

Pietermaritzburg - Cosatu is baffled by the ANC’s decision to re-appoint councillors forced to resign when the Umsunduzi Municipality was plunged into serious financial chaos, an official said on Monday.

"As Cosatu we are quite disappointed and baffled by the decision of the ANC to re-invite the same comrades who were party to the collapse of the municipality,” said Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipo.

He was addressing the media in Durban after Cosatu’s special executive committee to deliberate on what has happened in Umsunduzi, which runs the City of Pietermaritzburg.

He said Cosatu was concerned that the ANC had opted to appoint Alpha Shelembe and Zonke Mbatha as deputy mayor and speaker respectively.

The two were part of the executive committee forced to resign in April 2010 amid concerns about a divisive group which had led the council to a state of near collapse.

Last year, the provincial government appointed an administrator in an attempt to ensure stability was restored in the KwaZulu-Natal council.

Luzipo said the appointment of Shelembe and Mbatha left much to be desired.

“This flies in the face of our collective alliance decision not to consider any of those who were involved in the collapse of that municipality,” he said.

The move to appoint the two reflected little to commitment to clean government and the fight against corruption, he said.

Cosatu had resolved to give full support to Umsunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela who was also Cosatu's provincial chairperson.

“If anything happens in that municipality, of which as Cosatu we will not be surprised, but people must rest assured that this time around it will not be our chairperson who will become a sacrificial lamb,” he said.

  • Voyager - 2011-06-06 20:23

    If you are expecting honesty and integrity from the cANCer, you are living in cuckooland.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-06-06 20:49

      Cosatu u need to live with your supporting the ANC thru the municipal elections , what did u expect ? a leopard doesn't change its spots. I expect some new protests soon.

      za101 - 2011-06-06 22:39

      COSATU are idiots to complain. They said support the ANC no matter what, now they should keep quiet

      My2c - 2011-06-07 07:14

      Wys maar net weer waar lê die aNc se prioriteite. Dienslewering(a better life for all), of die eie ek ( baantjies vir kadertjies). Nee wat, die better life for all is maar net om hulle ingestem te kry. Soos in Orwell se boek, we all are equal, some (aNc kaderjies) is just more equal.

      Steen - 2011-06-07 09:45

      @Simpiwe Cele sport on a Leopard doesn't change its spots. Hence black people don’t vote for DA, we know that a leopard doesn’t change its sport, so it is highly unlikely that the DA as a (white party) will have the best interest of a black man in their hearts.

      LagUTroll - 2011-06-07 14:40

      @Steen Spot on a Leopard doesn't change its spots. Hence white people don’t vote for ANC, we know that a leopard doesn’t change its spots, so it is highly unlikely that the ANC as a (black party) will have the best interest of a white man in their hearts

  • sharpeijane - 2011-06-06 20:33

    Is there no limit to these people's arrogance that they can go on taking and taking. Sickening.

      Thandi - 2011-06-06 20:39

      They will only stop when the bucket is drained. Fortunately thinking people will be long gone.

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-06-06 20:53

      Heard an Afrikaans saying I think is apt for Cosatu " as jy dom is moet jy k*k "

      Jason - 2011-06-06 21:03

      The bucket is never empty for the leaders look at mad Bob...

  • Hopeforall - 2011-06-06 20:35

    Cosatu baffled, the new old councillors baffled, the old new councillors baffled, the SA public baffled, and even the greater ANC themselves, baffled. Communism working. Not baffled, however, are those that know what about who, and who know they must always be appeased, lest they lift the lid of the simmering corruption beans pot...

  • Thandi - 2011-06-06 20:36

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-06-07 04:32

      Another National Crisis

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-06-07 09:08

      I think the media should hype this article, and ones like this, a lot more. The ANC said they would not stand for corruption and non-delivery and this goes exactly against that. I for one am glad COSATU is speaking out.

      Other Justin - 2011-06-07 11:05

      African National Circus

  • John - 2011-06-06 20:36

    What a joke! To think that the same useless and corrupt people are back again. Only in the ANC do people get away with this.

  • dassie - 2011-06-06 20:41

    Look at what is happening in those corrupt countries and wake up.....the people will only tolerate so long did apartheid last ? You are digging your own graves.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-06-06 20:41

    You get what you vote for. Why be surprised ??? Hopefully, over the next five years, many more Cosatu / ANC supporters will realise that they need to vote much more thoughtfully in 2016.

  • Chibuli - 2011-06-06 20:51

    ... and the stupid masses continue to vote for them! Eish! Don't they WANT a life?

      paulf - 2011-06-07 06:20

      No they enjoy living in Poverty it seems to me.

      Ripley - 2011-06-07 13:30

      Problem is those of us who didn't vote for them .... once again we also have to put up with the incompetence that the unthinking herd has voted in for another term. How long does it take for the message to get through to the idiots who blindly vote time after time for the same stupid, fraudulent, incompetent halfwits who are now due to blunder their way through another term of office.

  • JuliusMalema - 2011-06-06 20:59

    When we listen to peoples opinion we must look at who they are, COSATU is a political toddler. They must leave politics and runnings of municipalities to the ANC. We will continue to look after the people who vote for us. JSM 6/06/2011

      Jason - 2011-06-06 21:04

      wahahaaha !!!!

      Wizard101 - 2011-06-06 21:11

      cANCer will only look after themselfs not the poepols that voted them into power

      Matt - 2011-06-06 22:19

      get back to your woodwork books fool

      Tea party - 2011-06-07 06:02

      SA politics profoundly insane

      My2c - 2011-06-07 07:17

      gelukkig weet ons dit is nie julius, daar is nie a pedi woord vir computer nie. miskien e-computa

      Juliarse - 2011-06-07 07:29

      bwaahhahahaaa ... doesnt it bother you that you constantly have the taste of sh1t in your mouth?

      Other Justin - 2011-06-07 11:06

      LOL!!!!!! Good one. Tell us another wopper!

      tut - 2011-06-07 11:09

      You should do stand up comedy! That was brilliant!

      Gail - 2011-06-07 14:32

      Huh, look who's calling COSATU a toddler!!!! Bloody idiot, in years certainly no youth but in mentality an infant, a joke!!!

  • BrokenLink - 2011-06-06 21:13

    Cosatu backed them 'unconditionally' in the municipal elections. So you got what you deserve. Your people will continue to live in poverty. You picked these idiots after they have continually proven to be incapable. So live with the results, complaining now is pointless.

  • Henry - 2011-06-06 21:16

    The more you can mess up a system the higher your ratings are with teh anc.

  • Yankee - 2011-06-06 21:33

    And the STRUGGLE to think lucidly about anything continues. What a bunch of wANCers.

      Other Justin - 2011-06-07 11:06


  • FerretGee - 2011-06-06 21:36

    And what is just as bad, is that the NFP have sided with the ANC. Why didnt they just cross the floor? Oh wait if they did that they wouldnt have got the nice highly paid positions they now have in their brand new break-away party. As a ratepayer in Pietermaritzburg, I am not baffled, I am sickened by the ANC's arrogance. The city is STILL under curatorship yet these people have been allowed back. All Johan Mettlers hard work in rectifing and identifying the wrongs, has been for nothing. I wont be surprised the the former City Manager Rob Haswell finds his health miraculously cured and himself back in the corridors of corruption at Pietermaritzburg City Hall!

      Malcolm - 2011-06-06 22:21

      The NFP may have entered a coalition with the ANC, but not all their members are adhering to the coalition agreement. In Umlalazi (Eshowe and surrounding areas), the NFP sided with the IFP and thus the IFP's candidate was elected as mayor! Unsurprisingly, the ANC are not impressed and have stated that the IFP have "stolen" their victory! Idiots!

      FerretGee - 2011-06-06 22:26

      I hear you Malcolm, but it irks me that they even thought of becoming a coalition with their former "enemy" The IFP and ANC have been bitter rivas for years. I am hoping that the coalition breaks down sooner rather than later and they side with the smaller parties in order to keep the ANC in check. Here's hoping.

  • PietrJoubert - 2011-06-06 22:13

    That is because the ANC consistently rejects the value of merit.

  • Wow! - 2011-06-06 22:16

    Cosatu - you ARE the fools I thought you were. Why did you axpect the ANC to change its values. It is incapable of anything BUT thieving and corruption.

  • Spade - 2011-06-06 22:17

    Those who voted for the ANC in that municipality, are getting what they voted for, it would seem. Or is it the will of the ancestors?

  • Freddie - 2011-06-06 22:21

    "He said Cosatu was concerned that the ANC had opted to appoint Alpha Shelembe and Zonke Mbatha as deputy mayor and speaker respectively." Surely this cannot be correct? South Africa is a democracy, councilors are elected, not appointed, aren't they?

  • plaashoenner - 2011-06-06 22:27

    As a Neighboring Citizen I sometimes wonder about the Integrity of Cosatu.First you cajole all of the electoral to go vote ANC. Then you to criticizes the the re-appointments conducted by the ANC.. Dont you think its time to stop your cowardly endeavor and stand as a PARTY on your own.??? Mr. Vavi has a huge lot of support but deems it reasonable to keep hiding behind the Tri-partheid security. .! Vavi, you have more respect than any ANC leader.!!!!

  • Hamilton Ngwenya - 2011-06-06 22:27

    I suppose there is lack of integral leadership.

  • jakes - 2011-06-07 06:28

    Daars nie pille vir dom wees nie!!! Suffer julle bliksems!!!!!!!!!!

  • jake somber - 2011-06-07 07:26

    You call us names like racist or coconut when we point these kind of things out with whats wrong with the anc and when the kacke strikes the fan you still call us names, but with a giant foot in the mounth.

  • Juliarse - 2011-06-07 07:33

    Feel it COSATU... it is here... again. Viva corruption VIVA! Viva f*ck the poor VIVA! Viva incompetent cadre deployment, VIVA!!!!!

  • sean07 - 2011-06-07 07:58

    This doesn't baffle me at all. The ANC are completely consistent.

  • maneki - 2011-06-07 08:11

    VIVA ANC. You voted for them, now live with the corruption. You get what you deserve. When others spoke against this kind of behaviour they were called criminals, tea ladies and racists. You made the decision, now live with it.

  • Stephan Janse van Vuuren - 2011-06-07 08:21

    Don't complain about the actions of the party you voted for Cosatu. Bloody morons.

  • bill - 2011-06-07 08:29

    You have to be stupid , corrupt and incompetent to feature in zuma's government.Intellegensia need not bother to apply.

  • Airborne68 - 2011-06-07 09:30

    I wonder why we never see comments from Polo, Zizo, Prev abused, Oppressed and all the other idiots when the anc is shown to be a circus.

      Felix - 2011-06-07 11:29

      They are busy facepalming, then they go for another brainwash.

  • - 2011-06-07 09:59

    What is truely baffling, is the brainpower of COSATU. They actually voted this corrupt lot in again.

  • - 2011-06-07 10:10

    Nothing new same old same old, you maid your bed and supported them deal with it.

  • Matt - 2011-06-07 10:47

    I have been a Pietermaritzburg resident and vocal ANC critic for most of my life, yet have actually been pleasantly surprised with the manner in which the municipality has actually shown some resolve to apply itself to the problems we face. I don't care about what they say, I care about what they do. Late at night we see civil servants cleaning streets, painting fences etc. Whilst there are major underlying issues, and the manner in which these things are dealt with will in time come to light, if these small gestures are indicative of a genuine attempt to move in the direction of effective, responsible government, I am willing to give them credit for that...

  • Other Justin - 2011-06-07 11:03

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! cANCer voters, you get what you ask for......LOL! I no longer feel sympathy for you. Get used to no services, rampant corruption and blatant racism. When you don't have anything good left, pat yourselves on the back, congratulations, well done.

  • strawberry - 2011-06-07 11:13

    COSATU is as baffled as the average SA citizen. Welcome to the club. Even Julius Malema is baffled by "these people who we were prepared to kill for, who is now only looking out for themselves". Shame!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-07 14:03

    COSATU must ensure that these rotten apples are removed !!! Your chairperson is but 1 person..What about the Municipality & all your members ?!!!

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