Cosatu, SACP 'not against ANC'

2012-05-01 22:54

Botshabelo - The Congress of SA Trade Unions and the SA Communist Party are not teaming up against its alliance partner the ANC, Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said on Tuesday.

Addressing a Workers Day rally in the Free State, Dlamini said the SACP was also not an opponent of Cosatu.

“The agenda is the same, to realise socialism in South Africa.” He said Cosatu was there to strengthen the ANC and it and the SACP were not engaged in any leadership discussions.

Dlamini said those in Cosatu who were busy with talks of who the new ANC secretary-general and party leader would be were confused.

He said the time would come when the nomination process would be open.

Dlamini told the gathering Cosatu stood by the decisions of the ANC leadership elected at Polokwane and would work with them as decided.

Mangaung elective conference

Referring to the coming ANC elective conference in Mangaung, Dlamini said nothing had changed from the previous conference at Polokwane.

“We affirm that we stand with the position on leadership as at Polokwane,” he said, adding that Cosatu wanted the current leadership to take them through.

“We do not want any disturbances in this.” On worker issues, Dlamini urged that the South African Constitution be reviewed and revisited with regard to mining rights and state intervention.

He said South Africa needed a state that had more control to realise the governing party's ideals.

Dlamini said Cosatu and the ANC had agreed on amendments in regard to the labour laws.

These included that violence during worker strikes would not be laid on the shoulders of unions. He said there were other laws that addressed issues of violence.

“Violence is violence in society and we agree with the ANC on that.”

Dlamini said Cosatu's efforts to address concerns over the e-tolls system in Gauteng should not be confused with the efforts of the political opposition, the Democratic Alliance.

“Cosatu does not work with those people,” he said.

Dlamini said Cosatu had not taken the government to court on the issues of e-tolls yet, and would continue to look for a lasting solution with the ANC on the matter in talks.

  • Smile - 2012-05-01 22:59

    Cosatu, ANC, ANCYL... any what ever other branches are all the same thing... Corrupt. We need new leaders! New ideas! and less crazy ANC b&llsh*t like this. VIVA DA!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-01 23:05

    If the alliance partners feel it is necessary to say it, then the ANC should beware. Brutus said: "No, Julius, do your really think this knife in my hand is going to be lodged in your back before long?" Yup, methinks the alliance is not as sound as they would like to believe.

  • bernpm - 2012-05-01 23:09

    we love you, we love you....but do not sleep in my bed!!

  • George - 2012-05-02 04:28

    All three need to transform from quasi freedom fighting units into democratic organizations. For many of them this will be a life changing experience. For many others there is always Cuba and North Korea. I am sure they will value their intellect.

  • mzuvukile.mbanjana - 2012-05-02 05:55

    Cosatu leadership need to speak with one voice. They need to send clear messages at all times. Vavi has that Cosatu has resolved not to support any faction leading to Mangaung. Yes, they did not change their resolution with regard to the current leadership of the ANC during its term. Sdumo is speaking beyond this term contradicting Vavi's statement.Come on Cosatu , put your house in order or else shut up with regard to ANC.

  • bmtthwala - 2012-05-02 07:04

    \nthng hs changd we stil in agreement wit the leader aftr polokwane.....\....the time for nomination shall come.....those discusing leadership issues r confused\..,nw who is the fool mr sdumo dlamini,contraditory hypocrite!stupidest statement!made by the mst foolish person!

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  • david.diego.14 - 2012-05-02 08:12

    It was like i'm dreaming 70something rand to pay at N4 e-toll thats ridiculous what about those people who use that road everyday COSATU

  • david.diego.14 - 2012-05-02 08:14

    It was like i'm dreaming 70something rand to pay at N4 e-toll thats ridiculous what about those people who use that road everyday!!!

  • esethu3 - 2012-05-02 09:21

    I'm thankful for the SACP and COSATU; as much as we need new leadership in South Africa (without the ANC) We are also forced to acknowledge the fact that ANC will lead this country for sometime. and the SACP and COSATU are keeping the ANC on track

  • Jacques - 2012-05-02 10:08

    Socialism failed ages ago and yet these puddle pirates are still waving their plastic swords around in an ailing ANC. Shame.

  • Malungisa - 2012-05-02 15:03

    We don't need a rotten potato people are suffering certain leaders their femaly get richer 'n richer because of our vote.Give others a chance

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