Cosatu must focus on unity - Nzimande

2013-05-01 19:13
Blade Nzimande (Picture: Beeld)

Blade Nzimande (Picture: Beeld)

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Kimberley - Workers must defend the unity within Cosatu, SA Communist Party (SACP) general-secretary Blade Nzimande said on Wednesday.

"Unity must be the message of today," he said at a Congress of SA Trade Union Worker's Day rally in Kimberley.

"Stand and defend the unity of Cosatu and [the] effort to drive Cosatu out of the [tripartite] alliance."

Nzimande said South African workers needed a militant and unified Cosatu, and the SACP would fight any efforts to drive a wedge between workers, Cosatu and the African National Congress.

Nzimande said because of the global economic slowdown the onslaught against organised labour movements had intensified.

He criticised people behind the establishment of "vigilante unions", and the Democratic Alliance’s "Know your DA" campaign.

The campaign used a pamphlet showing former president Nelson Mandela and activist Helen Suzman embracing, with the wording: "We played our part in opposing apartheid". It referred to Suzman as a "DA founder" and this angered the ANC, the Cape Times reported last week.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman said the pamphlet was a "cynical and opportunistic exercise in propaganda". He said the party should not have used either of the leaders. Suzman was a member of the Progressive Party which became the Progressive Federal Party and later merged with other parties to become the DA.

The DA's communications director Gavin Davis at the time said it had every right to use the image and take ownership of Suzman's role in ending apartheid.

Nzimande told workers that former colonial powers had stolen cattle and land in the past, and the DA would not be allowed to "steal our history".

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