Cosatu delegates chant for Zuma

2012-09-17 12:35

Johannesburg - Cosatu congress delegates chanted "Zuma, Zuma" as President Jacob Zuma made his way on to the stage at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Monday.

Wearing a red golf shirt, he hugged a few people before taking his seat at the Congress of SA Trade Unions' (Cosatu) 11th national congress.

Zuma was expected to address delegates after Cosatu president S'dumo Dlamini had delivered the opening address.

SA Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande was expected to speak later in the day.

Delegates from Cosatu's 20 affiliates were scheduled to discuss the organisation's political report on Monday.

House rules

They were also expected to begin the process of electing national office-bearers. The election results will be announced on Thursday, the final day of the congress.

Congress house rules do not allow singing divisive, war, or tribal songs, "unrelated to the class battle".

"Singing in praise of any serving leader of the alliance is not divisive. However, singing against any leader of the alliance... is divisive and will not be allowed," according to the rules.

The rules also ban "showing of signs that seek to prematurely open the debate on leadership in the ANC".

Before the congress opened, a group of delegates outside sang while showing two fingers in the air - a sign calling for Zuma to serve a second term as ANC president.

The ANC holds its national conference in Mangaung in December, when new leaders will be elected.

Nominations for leadership positions by branches officially open only in October.

The Cosatu congress is reportedly expected to debate the leadership battle.

  • de.stig.9 - 2012-09-17 12:45

    so what? dont u have other news?

      mihaip007 - 2012-09-17 12:56

      they should also report when the scratch their butts... would be fun...

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-17 12:51

    We can all see how far up Zuma's backside Cosatu are. They better be careful in case Zuma sneaks a fart, he could blow them to kingdom come but sure they have taken care of that and cemented it closed, so no fear of that unless they used inferior material, and these days nothing would surprise me more.

  • cyanideandhappiness - 2012-09-17 12:52

    What the hell is this, this guy is the idiot who is pushing things like tolls through! Come on COSATU?! All these parties and unions are in bed together... Means less than awesome things for South Africa...

      msendi - 2012-09-17 13:04

      Who is your ideal President for South Africa? Because these people are in bed with the "IDIOT", Just asking…

  • whites.mustunite - 2012-09-17 13:00

    When people praise failure you know that the country has no future.

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-09-17 13:01

    Ag shame the comrades are still struggling after all these years.....

  • aubrey.kloppers - 2012-09-17 13:05

    What else should they chant, "thief, thief!"?

  • - 2012-09-17 13:05

    MATTHEW 24:28

      JAbu.R15 - 2012-09-17 13:49

      oh no shame man! jeer. lol

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-17 13:08

    Too early to celebrate.They will have secret ballots in Mangaung.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-17 13:11

    i know what it means when i show two fingers at zuma and it aint no second term

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-17 13:17

      You read my mind.

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-17 13:48

      You think maybe it's just him that doesn't know what they're saying?

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-09-17 13:48

      Mean showing him the middle finger?

  • IcemanGP - 2012-09-17 13:11

    Bloody children. Politics is a popularity contest, not as to who can do the job.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-17 13:14

    Free drinks, eats hotel bills and more and more of the same old lip service all at the expense of the members, and for what? To hear that they are to discuss minimum wage increases, the very notion of this, in reality, forces CASATU UNION members into constant stagnated economic imprisonment. While the delegates sing the workers suffer, how bazaar. It seems that the delegates chanting for ZUMA are their to represent him and not the the workers they represent, I hope somebody is making proper notes and that these delegates names are been written down and sent back to the floor, delegates are not their to represent any politician, but are suppose to represent their affiliated membership only. It is time that workers start taking note of this corruption of ideology, and bring their delegates under control with a good whip-lashing when they return to the shop, they serve the workers not government or ZUMA or Casatu.

  • andy.t.mcdermott - 2012-09-17 13:15

    The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.

      madodandile.mqungebe - 2012-09-17 14:13

      The greatest pity is that we debate in this forum fruitlessly as most of us are not among the delegates going to Mangaung. Zuma might come back victorious and such wishes you outlined Andy become a wish list. ANC will still win in majority the next election in 2014 Zuma or no Zuma, that's the truth and reality.

      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-17 16:08

      madodandile.mqungebe, The greatest pity is that the anc voters are so BLIND to the fact that they are kept in poverty and screwed in every angle by the CancER party they are going to vote for in 2014

  • lsfreak - 2012-09-17 13:16

    If the Pres is @ the "PARTY" who's running the country... CASATU, SACP and cANCer all together, Workers rights, No rights for workers and the Gravytrain... How's this suppose to work :/

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-17 13:25

    Not once during this whole Lonmin saga did he point finger at Cosatu or Num. Everyone else were to blame, even the british, but not the real culprits. This guy is not worried about the welfare of the country. He's more worried about him staying on top to keep his hand in the cookie jar.

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-17 15:42

      Zuma is back handing them as he is with everything else. He is buying his way to a 2nd term in actual fact he is desperate. He could end up being tried for all his 700 fraud and corruption cases if he is not re-elected. He is in bed with Numsa and Cosatu because he wants their support. South Africa is finished unless pandora's box opens then we can start afresh. As bad as Julius Malema is, it is good that he is treatening to expose them for what they are and thats why they are treating him with kid gloves in case he spills the beans.

  • - 2012-09-17 13:35

    'Just as the gathering of vultures shows there is a carcass nearby, so these signs indicate that the end is near' Matthew 24?28.

  • eric.kgosimore - 2012-09-17 13:36

    I think COSATU is doing the right thing to endorse Zuma and he must retain his presidency, that will be the day ANC loose one or two provinces, can't wait for the next elections. People won't vote for opposition, majority will stay away from the polls like myself.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-09-17 13:37

    oh yesssss!!! the glorious voting in of another retard to lead the sheeple!!!!! the blind leading the blind.

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-09-17 13:38

    Most people like malema and youth leaque,they dont know that they are making him famous,the way they talk him

  • steve.lategan.7 - 2012-09-17 13:48

    Sorry,folks! Any support for "comrade" Zuma is shortsighted and smacks of political shortsightedness and favour for corruption. Would anyone please tell me: What does our First Perpetrator need to do to convince these blind followers that he is nought but a weakling, a vague promise and a waster??

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-17 13:56

    Cosatu does not possess a majority vote.My challenge is open the succession debate and lets see who is who in the zoo (literally in the zoo) people will chant whoever seemed powerful simply because of the fear of elimination after all who wants to step out of the gravy train so soon?Wait until the debate is open, thats where we will see the buying of votes and so forth, so this is just a rehearsal of a play that we are not even sure if it will ever take a center stage

  • symonsev.sithole - 2012-09-17 13:59

    peple must do de way. that makes right for there prmse, not as Malema won't

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-09-17 14:06

    zuma SUCK IT!!!

  • Michael - 2012-09-17 14:10

    Zuma must be given another term, he established very good ministries that will do the country good, the fact that some of his appointments were challenged in courts, is not reason enough to find another president, starting new things every 5 years is not in the interest of the country.

  • Rodney - 2012-09-17 14:11

    who's dlamin he jst come nw to face the conference.

  • tdastile1 - 2012-09-17 14:19

    Only NUM, Frans, Zokwana & Mathosa were chanting " ZUMA PUMA SPEAR SHOWER" and the rest of the congress including NUM delagates were quiet.

  • ndumiso.jikela1 - 2012-09-17 14:20

    Zuma is a weak leader. He is not doing this country neither the ANC any good. I agreed, re-election of him would automatically be giving this country to the opposition and further divisions in the ANC. Ndumiso Jikela

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-09-17 15:04

    You know I find it laughably funny that COSATU had a nerve to even attempt to find a way to use respectable icons like Mr Nelson Mandela in their attempts to mend the tattered reputation of both themselves and the ANC.It is even crazy that they think of all the people who join the DA as people who can not think for themselves,especially black people.But it is them and the ANC who agreed in the constitution that people have a right to join a political party of their own choice.Nelson Mandela belongs to the real ANC which was all about the people not the commodified ANC that prioritizes the rich over the poor.

  • jan.matsetela - 2012-09-17 15:38

    Sorry JZ u failed us there is not way u are going to run for a second term

      Nzuzo Manqele - 2012-09-17 16:03

      wat hv u,urslf hv done 4 urslf b4 judgin d president

  • jmmasinga - 2012-09-17 17:24

    Cosatu delegates chant for zuma second term

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2012-09-19 18:16

    Look regardless of your feelings towards Zuma, ANC is the governing party and him being ousted will be more detrimental and sow further divisions in the Congress and it will in turn affect the government and therefore cascade to the masses and especially the poor... So him being re-elected will alleviate the monotony of power struggles.

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