Cosatu still backing Zuma

2011-12-03 22:41

Johannesburg - Trade unions affiliated to the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) backs President Jacob Zuma until further notice.

The Sunday Times reported that Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said only the federation national congress next year could change that position.

Dlamini called for unity within the federation, saying divisions among affiliates were confusing union members.

His comments followed recent signs of unhappiness within Cosatu about Zuma's ANC leadership style and the president's perceived failure to deliver on promised he made to the trade union constituency during his bid to power.

But Dlamini said such unhappiness does not mean the federation no longer backed the current ANC leadership.

"There may have been an issue [about] whether Cosatu supports the current ANC leadership elected at Polokwane...

"Why would you have confusion when there is a position already about defend the leadership elected there?" he asked.

  • Shoe - 2011-12-03 22:57

    What's the weather like in Vanderbijlpark, people? Know any nice places to visit in Kokstaad?

      Moss - 2011-12-03 23:18

      Visit COSATU website, its got all info you need!!

      Teboho N Shelile - 2011-12-04 07:25

      its cool 2day with sum scattered clouds but looks like its goin 2 be sunny durin de day

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 03:50

    Support, supppor, support and support. When is this going to end? May be Vavi is showing his loyalty to Zuma for his 100% salary increase. Who will stand up fot the people? Who is going to stop this looting spree? I hope time should come where in blind loyalty and herd behaviour must stop. Amongst all evils he did, I was hurt most by his support for Info Bill so that he can ransack this government coffers without any disruption. Here we are referring to a man whose policy of appeasement is starting to show some cracks and I'm afraid if pressed in desperate move this man will cling onto power either by hook or crook, nationalisation and farms grabs might be his last trump card. This "tripartite alliance" has realised that many S.Africans are ignorant to the bone marrow and they want to be spoon fed and they will continue abuse their majority to legislate as much as they can to hold unto power. SA needs metaphysical psychological elaboration. "Waiting on the world to change" John Mayer, my theme song it would be.

      Ron - 2011-12-04 09:12

      Well said Tshiv

      johnkk - 2011-12-04 09:54

      You are so right Tshivhombela. What saddens one even more is the very people that placed the COSATU leaders in power are the people that are going to suffer the most, yet they continue support these people. The COSATU's of the world need too start thinking economically, instead of throwing the race card and capitalist card around. Capitalism has its faults, but it is the better of two evils when compared to a socialist government. Supporters of COSATU and ANC should start realising that all the 'LOOTING' is depleating the coffers and then we will be going on a downward spiral into dooms day. If we as a country do not start doing things differently as compared to the rest of Africa after receiving independence, then we will end up the same as the rest of Africa. If we compare ourselves to Japan, who have far less natural resources than we do and a country that was absolutely destroyed in the second WW, are continuosly threatened with earth quakes, have built themselves into a reputable country.Yet with what we have we are simply driving our country into the ground and the poor people are going to suffer the most at the end of the day, yet they fail to see this.

  • Larry - 2011-12-04 07:11

    Cosatu putting themselves in a Kingmaking position. They would sell Zuma down the river at the drop of a hat, if it benefits them. No big deal, because most people affiliated with the ANC would betray their own mother for a better deal.

  • mdu.zulu - 2011-12-04 07:17

    So far he is running the country well, all ministries look oiled except Justice ministry where he ensure that would rather go look for almost retiring judge or judges as long as they are white.

      Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 07:49

      How many retired white judges he hired who are not his friends and how many incompetent Zulu warriors he hired out of nepotism.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-04 07:59

      running the country well? shurely you jest or must have heatstroke

      Mantsho - 2011-12-04 15:15

      Because your a Zulu and he is a Zulu, thats why nothing is wrong, l hate this situation

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  • Gert - 2011-12-04 07:32

    Cosatu is as guilty as the rest of government. They also promote unfair BEE practises and as long as you dont tie salaries to performance and production targets they will be happy. Unions have become insurance salesmen. Our labour laws largely makes the union redundant, but they ride the cash cow as hard as ANC government does. They have got the power to stop Zuma and cronies but it benefits them not to. Ever so often the chinless wonder, Vavi, pipes up but when they have to vote, it is always with the ANC. Where were the Cosatu MPs when the ANC voted in the secrecy bill?

      Burtfred - 2011-12-04 07:46

      I far as I know, Gert. Cosatu doesn't have MPs.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-04 08:05

      to Burtfred he's not talking about votes, he's talking about the lack of opposition to the bill in the streets before it was voted on, they only take to the streets for money and not for morals

      Albert - 2011-12-04 08:14

      And Vavi is much of a coward to change to a political party.Just another bullsh-tter.The leader of rogues.

  • Bruce Hutamo - 2011-12-04 08:20

    COSATU must sit down and stop yapping. Who the hell do they think we are. ANC and COSATU, think we are so stupid, another paid strategy to convince the mass about Zuma's leadership. Zuma and his Chinese cousins must forget about another term. They must just chill, let's have a president who actually cares about South Africans.

  • curtiswelliem - 2011-12-04 09:21

    we know u do not want him, just like me and juju don't want him

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 10:05

    With this leadership vacuum, Africa will remain the richest place with the poorest race. These unethical leaders will continue to blame colonialism and to me history is just a point of reference not a scapegoat for self enrichment and corruption.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-04 10:29

    Jumping out of fry pan to direct fire. From apartheid to China, colonialist of 21st century. Running out of space and natural resources and packed their bags to Africa (SA) and in the coming 20 yrs SA will be at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder.

  • Wiseman Sthembiso Mazomba - 2011-12-04 12:02

    i am affiliated to one of the unions,,COSATU must deal with the Union's lack to deliver,,and false leadership within,,false leadership in a sense that trade unionists...sell employees to employers...alliance matters are tertiary the primary is employees sufering at hands of labour brokers,,Chinese businesses who are not paying taxes and paying locals. Those are issues of importance..yet I see no urgency...

  • Mpho Ndlovu - 2011-12-04 13:35

    This alliance, who does it serve? Definately it is nt serving da majority of da exploited workers, vavi keeps moaning n groaning bt does nothing else, 1 could swear that he is hired by the ruling party just to do that, so as to appease the overburdend workers, wait until they invastigate him abt smthng, then we will all c real action frm him, 4 nw it wil only da barking n nthng else, cosatu, that is the workers are not happy with this alliance. But the leadership is, coz it benefitts them so immensely, i say away with this alliance.

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