Cosatu backs Zuma

2012-10-17 22:29

Johannesburg - Cosatu will back President Jacob Zuma for a second term as ANC leader, the union federation said on Wednesday.

"We will endorse those we have identified as the core of the Polokwane collective - the current president [Jacob Zuma], deputy president [Kgalema Motlanthe] and the secretary general [Gwede Mantashe]," Cosatu's central executive committee (CEC) said in a statement.

"In our assessment the other comrades have not assisted us in taking forward the Polokwane resolutions - in particular the national treasurer [Mathews Phosa] and the deputy secretary general [Thandi Modise]."

The decision was taken at a special two-day CEC meeting at the Congress of SA Trade Unions' Johannesburg headquarters, which started on Monday.

Nominations for the ANC leadership were deferred to the CEC during Cosatu's national congress last month.

This was after some of its affiliates proposed that the discussion on the ANC's leadership be opened, sparking heated debate. The proposal was rejected.

Zuma would stand for a second term as ANC leader at the African National Congress's elective conference in Mangaung in December.

Some in the ANC had called for a change in leadership and wanted Motlanthe to take the top position.


Some ANC structures had nominated Motlanthe for the top job. He had, however, not indicated whether he would accept the nomination.

Cosatu would have 25 non-voting delegates at the national conference. However, it had influence over its members, many of whom were ANC members, and who would be at the conference as voting delegates.

The federation also supported Zuma during the ANC's last elective conference in Polokwane in 2007, when former president Thabo Mbeki was unseated. Cosatu said it did not want the ANC to be taken over by a "new class of tenderpreneurs".

A tenderpreneur is someone who uses their political power to obtain government contracts.

"In identifying this collective [leadership] we are not in any way suggesting that it is perfect with no weaknesses of its own, collectively or individually," it said.

"We however believe that this nucleus has the best possibility under the circumstances to take us forward in the manner as categorically stated by our congress."

Cosatu said the CEC would meet again to discuss who should be on the ANC's national executive committee (NEC).

"[The CEC will] discuss the composition of the ANC NEC as a whole, including identifying comrades within our ranks who are active and fully paid-up members of the ANC for nomination into the NEC."

During the ANC's national policy conference it was proposed that the NEC be cut from 80 to 60 members.

Some union bosses reportedly had their eye on NEC positions.

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-10-17 22:47

    Yes keep the man who has an IQ comparable to room temperature (apologies to the Radio 702 caller who introduced this term to the airwaves), and keep the savvy crooks out. Okay...

      john.smit.121772 - 2012-10-18 05:32

      Do not want a new class of tenderpreneurs? The Zuma class of tenderpreneur is acceptable? No wonder the workers reject the unions. Cosatu is an ANC party and is as corrupt as Zuma

      Rob.Trianglem - 2012-10-18 07:21

      @ Wesley and ROCK with our money>

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-18 10:15

      Margie.Rensburg, he has your tax money to spread around.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-18 11:06

      @jacqui - The only thing he spreads is his semen.

  • Mbavhalelo - 2012-10-17 22:52

    COSATU is a mega disgrace and it is a bigger part of the ANC factionalism bcos its leaders want positions within de ANC. That is y they failed the workers. Useless COSATU with some of its affiliates facing deregistration due 2 there questionable financial irregularities, the country does not need this so called combrades supporting JZ whose record is questionable

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-17 23:05

    Cosatu how can backs Zuma while you against e-toll dont play games with us

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-18 03:35

      Left hand doesn't even know he has a right hand, never mind where it is!

  • Sandile Bhoma Ka Nduli - 2012-10-18 00:38

    SA's let us be realistic and stop being succustic this is our country. Cosatu needs to understand that it is not all ANC nor SACP members that makes Cosatu. That support will be of a personal gain.

  • mark.p.oberholzer - 2012-10-18 00:44

    good political move by vavi.

  • peterjohn.dyers - 2012-10-18 01:39

    Vavi was persuaded to remain within Cosatu in order to combat the division trend. He, like the Ramaposa's, Naidoo's and a host of others will be awarded lucrative positions afterwards. It is obvious that the rank and file of the working class has been excluded from this important decision about who will be the head of state in the post Zuma era.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-10-18 01:53

    Who brought these "tenderpreneurs"? We need opportunities too! please do not shut the door.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-10-18 03:15

    I hope that will benefit the workers

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-18 03:30

    That's very good Cosatu, and thanks for that. Any idea who your members will be voting for?

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-10-18 04:22

    Mnqumeni For President!

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-10-18 05:53

    As corncernd anc member I've got more quations than answers behind this zumantashe campein, there's poeple say let's retain the current leadership for the sake of unity

      corne.coetzee.92 - 2012-10-18 09:57

      Yes, and those "poeple" are exactly that.....

  • vuyani.zondi - 2012-10-18 05:53

    As corncernd anc member I've got more quations than answers behind this zumantashe campein, there's poeple say let's retain the current leadership for the sake of unity

  • werner.n86 - 2012-10-18 06:00

    The day cosatu stop worrying about the leadership of the anc then they will know they are only here as a union for the workers not a political party. But if they do that they don't have money. My opinion they are corrupt just like everything in south africa.

  • Michael - 2012-10-18 06:18

    Things will be tuogh for Malema, he better start thinking of starting his own party,i dont see him comming back to the ANC anytime soon, Phosa and Modise must NEVER support people who want to introduce new tendencies of illdiscipline in the ANC.

  • John.Yossarian22 - 2012-10-18 06:23

    Sad that a ruling party with more than 60% of votes has such weak and limited leadership options. So the current crop of tenderpreneurs are OK then? Sounds like rather the corrupt devil you know, which shows a lack of integrity from COSATU leadership as well.

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-10-18 06:24

    Cosatu swings like a pendulum.

  • ptmakgato - 2012-10-18 07:08

    Only corrupt, selfish idiots will back an idiot like zuma, birds of the same flok

  • sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-10-18 07:14

    COSATU is giving me whiplash with all the contradictory supporting. Pick a spot and sit in it. I get the idea the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing..

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-18 07:21

    In otherwords casatu admit that the current leadership are all a bunch of tenderpreneurs

  • george.aschendorf1 - 2012-10-18 07:26

    Thatis a very good idea because after the election it will be time for Zuma to deliver no more waiting this will be the time to make all South Africans happy and make us a better nation. Because we gave the first phase to make the chnages in cabinet and now is the time to deliver .It is bettre than have a new leader hwo will need another few years to make new changes the way he likes it and that promise things to the nation.We had promises when Zuma was elected and now is the time to deliver on you second term no more excuses

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-18 07:33

    Oh well, it seems like we are stuck with the illiterate guy as our president for another term. Ouch, he will really destroy what is left. Are we a stupid nation ? You answer this question. Maybe we are just helpless.

      nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-10-18 13:24

      The "illiterate" guy setup the Planning Commission whose recommendations are even being used by business for a better SA

  • mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-18 07:48

    seems like u got a lot on yr plate baba nw u jump into anc matter sort out marikana

  • Puseletso Phambane - 2012-10-18 07:58

    this is ridiculous..ths country is being run by stupid man and women..ppl whu r ignorent and selfish..mxm

  • dave.ueckermann - 2012-10-18 08:18

    Mr Prez. Dont let these nominations go to your head and thinking that you the best leader that we have. You are only nominated because you treat corruption , thieving etc with kid gloves. By having our Deputy President elected corruption,service delivery etc will vanish

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-18 11:30

      Mothlante is just as dirty, he just keeps his mouth shut and hides his ill gotten gains, very well.

      nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-10-18 13:15

      Presidency in the ANC is not a one man show, ask Mbeki what happens if you make it a one man show...

  • harald.voney - 2012-10-18 09:25

    All these guys are loosing credibility fast... They can only talk the talk, thay cannot walk the walk... What about doing away with corruption etc etc etc, where are they on that!!?? JZ is the biggest thief SA has ever seen!!! WTF... Vavi, I had respect for you once, but you are as big a bafoon as JZ... You deserve each other...

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-18 09:27

    We know why Vavi or Cosatu is backing zuma for a 2nd term, under zuma's presidency Cosatu is the just one of the puppet masters and zuma just sings and dances to their command. Under zuma everything is corrupt including zuma himself. Whilst all the Education and Health Care and other important sectors are failing because government is not paying their debts. Yet, look how fast the money was allocated for Nkandla by the most corrupt dept in Government. Zuma, is going to get a shock, he will going to find out just now that he has been played like a fiddle right into the hands of his most worrisome enemy, this by the very people he thought loyal to him. Zuma will go down in the african history of the president who lost the struggle of his people through greed and corruption. Zuma, you need to wake up and watch your back your enemies are waiting to pounce.

  • mzo.bhane - 2012-10-18 09:33

    Let the haters hate, Jacob Zuma is coming back for the second term, anyone who can not make peace with that you're free to leave, and go to Iraq

      harald.voney - 2012-10-18 10:28

      Why dont you go back to Zim?

  • ashwin.leckram - 2012-10-18 09:36

    So the decision has been made by Cosatu. We have all seen how Government listens to Joe public around the SANRAL affair. Voting is then a moot point. A sham. You and I do not really have a say. Votes will be counted until corruption wins.

  • Bontle Mpho Motoma - 2012-10-18 09:36

    this is just BS, zuma nd his puppets.Vavi nd cosatu must concentrate on doin their jobs haaai anc jerrrr root of corruption nd da stnd2 man who lies all da tym wen lifting his glasses wen he read all dat is written for him!wat a shame old man

  • tlou.teffo - 2012-10-18 09:44

    COSATU is a lost case

  • NKAISANA - 2012-10-18 10:12

    It is not Cosatu who support Zuma it is Sdumo Dlamini who support Zuma,they must stop supporting Zuma and start supporting the Miners who are demanding R12000 they forget about the workers they are looking for positions

      nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-10-18 13:17

      Chief, it is called strategy - in the long term, workers benefit...

  • george.olivier.56 - 2012-10-18 10:13

    I'm missing something here, come Cosatu hasn't said anything about the R240m Nkandla theft of ordinary taxpayers money. Zuma has ZERO credibility and if Cosatu continue to support him soon the little credibility they still have, will also vanish.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-18 10:13

    Vavi should never open his mouth again about corruption. Ministerial positions already been offered?

      nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-10-18 13:19

      Vavi is not Cosatu and vice versa...I thought I should remind you that

  • mpho.j.leeu - 2012-10-18 10:22

    It is about time Mr. Montlanthe shows his hand now. To save us all, he needs to contest the presidency of the ANC. Since the voting is through secret ballot, I hope comrades use their conscience (if they have any)to get rid of the incumbent. Otherwise, the masses will stay away in the 2014. Honestly, I see a youth revolution in the near future. In 2016 perhaps.

      harald.voney - 2012-10-18 10:27

      Why dont you just vote DA?? instead of boycotting... I dont understand!!

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-18 11:36

      Jip, not using your vote is not very clever.

      nathi.kunene.73 - 2012-10-18 13:22

      If Montlanthe was President, Juju would be YL President and spitting fire everywhere he goes and causing rift among races...and members

  • sifiso.mabizela.1 - 2012-10-18 11:43

    Zuma Zuma Zuma!!!!

  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2012-10-18 11:58

    Mmm, better the devil you know than the devil you don`t. Ya, nĂȘ!

  • maropola.nkitsing - 2012-10-18 12:40

    Cosatu u mean the old class can keep on looting the goverment coffers. Shame on u. U dont represent the working class but yourseif

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