Cosatu issues warning to media

2013-01-12 17:03

Durban - The Congress of South African Trade Unions on Saturday warned the media against attempting to sew divisions within the African National Congress's leadership.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said that the leadership was "alive to this reality".

Dlamini was speaking at Kings Park stadium in Durban for the ruling party's 101st anniversary celebrations.

Congratulating the party and saying that the federation was solidly behind the ANC's newly elected leadership, he also warned that the federation would engage with ANC in the boardrooms as well as on the streets.

"We call for all workers of this country, to make sure as we engage with the ANC we shall do so in ensuring that the ANC delivers."

He also repeated the federation's call for labour brokers to be banned.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-12 17:10

    You certainly don't need the media to do that for you......

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-12 17:24

      You can say what you want the damage is done. The world knows the cANCer is lairs and thief's and corrupt!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-12 17:31

      "sew", has me in stitches...

      TSR01 - 2013-01-12 17:38


      ronald.stilianou - 2013-01-12 20:08

      I am at a lost for words, did I miss something? Did the media at any point report on something that wasn't true?, how can you warn the media? And what are they going to do to them?, this is absurd! We're dealing with a very strange phenomena here. Maybe they're just making these ridicules statements to get into the ANC's good books, but why?, the gravy train is losing a lot of steam and sustainability is slipping away by the day. Truly a sinking ship.....

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2013-01-12 17:12

    Any division within the ANC and between the ANC and Cosatu/SACP are a direct result of the alliance partners. Do not try and blame the media for your inability to keep your members in order. The media did nothing to cause divisions within ANC ranks in Potch, that resulted in a DA member being voted mayor. That is an example of the embarrassing manner in which the ANC is run. And you sir, are a pathetic excuse for a leader. Look within yourselves to identify the rot and stop blaming others.

  • Wikus Erasmus - 2013-01-12 17:14

    I didn't know the media did needlepoint...

      Desilusionada - 2013-01-12 17:27

      I think the idiot meant that the media would repair any divisions. NOT.......

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 17:28

      Apparently just to stitch-up COSATU

      rontheogre - 2013-01-12 20:44

      Don't even try the Afrikaans version of stitch.

  • david.banner.104418 - 2013-01-12 17:14


  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 17:15

    Um it's sow divisions, not "sew divisions". Sewing, by it's very nature is joining two things together.

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-12 17:21

      Lol. Very sharp, indeed.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-01-12 17:19

    Someone else to blame if they fight. Good for you Cosatu who cares.

  • smah.bekwa - 2013-01-12 17:21

    Forget the warnings just get that proposed act into an active act.

      TSR01 - 2013-01-12 17:41

      Why? So they can hide the fraud, corruption, rape, embezzlement, tax evasion, and tell anyone who blows the whistle on them that its "national security" and throw them in jail? We'll all be on the street with no money, no homes, no jobs, and when you and me are sitting on the street together, guess where the ANC will be? Living in their lavish million-Rand mansions driving all the most expensive cars, eating sushi and cake, and getting drunk all the time! Open your eyes, the ANC have become a bunch of thieving criminals! Nelson Mandela created something good, and after Zuma came along, it has become something DISGUSTING!!!

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2013-01-12 17:25

    Cosatu will only ensure the corrupt ANC steals from the taxpayers and very poor. What happened to Cosatu and e-tolling?

      TSR01 - 2013-01-12 17:43

      Cosatu is a trade / labor union, not a political party, who gives a crap what they say with regard to POLITICS!? Bloody hell, Tony Ehrehtard can go jump off a cliff with all his lies, seriously, who needs him sewing his Incitement To Violence with the Farm Protests in the WC, then claiming the Media must "back down"??????? Tony, Cosatu, how's about this: I AM WARNING YOU, DO NOT INTERFERE WITH THE NATIONAL MEDIA!! I HAVE A RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION - All the nonsense YOU COSATU AND ANC SCALLYWAGS get up to!! So PUT A SOCK IN IT!

      Flippncool - 2013-01-12 18:30

      Funny enough most of the protesters in the WC aren't farm workers, but unemployed locals - stinks of youth league incitement.

      pushocapture.maake - 2013-01-12 18:59

      ANC and COSATU sleep together. They could argue all they want in public, but when they get to bed at night it's another story poi poi

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 17:31

    Pity COSATU isn't alive to workers' realities. So what min wage deal will you be co-signing in February this year? The rate you're going there will be no workers left to call upon

      TSR01 - 2013-01-12 17:45

      Minimum wage set at R150 a day, but then everyone gets fired because Farmers can't afford it, and buy tractors with harvesting racks - AW BOO! NO JOBS = NO MONEY!! SO SAD, TOO BAD! :) Sorry for the all CAPS, just getting really irritated by these Cosatu / ANC whackjobs. Bloody agents. :P

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 18:37

      @TSR01 - So from R7.71 per hour for farm labour and R29 per hour for Public Sector labour to R150 for farm labour & R564 for Public Sector workers? Agents you can still fire, eliminate or even 'turn'. These aren't agents, they're Weapons of Mass Destruction.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 19:14

      ah yes I see my mistake. R150 per day, R564 per day. Not per hour. Still going to cause ructions.

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2013-01-12 17:32

    ssmonareng...have some of your medicine...hehe

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2013-01-12 17:38

    Cosatu finally joining the bandwagon. Just sick of people pretending to represent the workers issues, while milking the masses and misrepresenting the workers. Just sick

  • gregory.jurgens - 2013-01-12 17:43

    The ANC is quite capable of sowing division all on it's own.

  • valerie.hancock.102 - 2013-01-12 17:49

    I agree Nelia. The editor is definitely resting on his whatsits.

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-12 17:51

    If the media was or is incorrect in their reporting,the anc has the right to recourse.So dlamini advise the anc accordingly.The alliance are scratching each others back.As for the pac,they do not have the mettle to stand on their own, hence they piggy back on the anc.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2013-01-12 17:54

    You cannot take this bunch of clowns seriously; they were relevant in the 80's, and workers are waking up to the fact that they are not interested in labour issues.

  • Eterni80 - 2013-01-12 17:54

    hey Vavi - if freedom is outlawed, then I guess only outlaws will be free.. F U and the arrogANCe

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-12 18:01

    S'dumo has become a disgrace.He can't disguise his hunger for power.This is why he has become Zuma's lackey.No co-incidence that he accepted nomination for ANC NEC and Vavi did not.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2013-01-12 18:28

    dear cosatu - bite my rosey, red rectum.

  • randall.korkee - 2013-01-12 18:30

    sounds for me that Mr Dlamini is still sleeping.He is sleeping now for the past 18 years.Wake up my friend,the Philistines is on you.

  • mary.smorenburg - 2013-01-12 18:31

    Sew or sow? Maybe reporter should go back to school and learn to spell!

      lacrimose.wolf - 2013-01-12 18:59

      There's nothing wrong with the spelling. The context and grammar is incorrect. It's Saturday people, only the sub-sub-editor is on duty

  • raymond.kok3 - 2013-01-12 18:39

    i say old chap you are doing a jolly good job of it so keep it up

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2013-01-12 18:39

    SEW divisions?????????????????????

  • bigfeller2010 - 2013-01-12 18:42

    "We call for all workers of this country, to make sure as we engage with the ANC we shall do so in ensuring that the ANC delivers." But the cANCer already delivers - doesn't it?

  • susan.fraser.182 - 2013-01-12 18:51

    I suppose they will now also try and close facebook and twitter....oh what fun times we live in...

  • musa.kamashobane - 2013-01-12 19:53

    Read between the lines, Sidumo was asked to prepare a speech, unfortunately he had nothing to say except to lurch on the media. This is the President of Cosatu mind you. Would he dare talk about corrupt Zuma, that will be the day

  • Yandisa Rwaai - 2013-01-12 20:22

    I totally agree with labor brokers being banned as they serve only the minority and exacerbates excessive capitalism!!!!

  • phuti.hlabane - 2013-01-12 21:38

    In my township ther is corruption & looting all the time.ZULUS shal support ZUMA cos is Zulu.

  • piero.mendace.5 - 2013-01-12 21:43

    That's only when you on the giving end of capitalism hey, from the Aurora example it shows that the ANC is definitely looking after the workers hey..

  • Brian Dorning - 2013-01-13 01:24

    What happened to independence? Why is a trade union backing anyone other than the workers they represent? I wonder who 'bends', and who 'sends' in this relationship?

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-01-13 05:35

    @Brian, u have a point. The workers have been sold to the dogs. COSATU is a wing of another party. As for Dlamini he's positioning himself for a ministerial post when the cabinet reshuffle happens, which on the cards.

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-01-13 05:42

    susan.fraser, there's no fun in what u say but u may have a point. This is a platform to share seriously-thought ideas, not for the boring bored.

  • Mdevour State - 2013-01-13 08:23

    They continue to fool the people and say the movement is stronger than ever. The ANC is at a tipping point of tribalism... Its not a surprise that this party was held at KZN.

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