Cosatu wants stable ANC leadership

2012-09-20 20:32

Johannesburg - Cosatu wants "stability of leadership" at the ANC leadership elections in Mangaung in December, Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said on Thursday.

"This is the message sent by the workers... today, in particular our own African National Congress as it proceeds to Mangaung, stability is what we need," he said.

Dlamini was closing the Congress of SA Trade Unions four-day national congress.

"This country does not need factionalism, it doesn't need divisions of leadership, it needs stability of leadership," he said to loud applause.

He said the ANC could take a lesson from Cosatu, which re-elected its top six leaders unopposed.

Earlier, delegates sang pro-President Jacob Zuma songs.

They sang "Kuyoze kube nine sizabalaza [how long will this struggle be], sihamba noZuma asinamahloni [we are going with Zuma, we are not ashamed]".

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.

  • kingsley.mokomane - 2012-09-20 20:45

    You cannot talk about stability 'unopposed' at ANC conference with the bomb exploded. Is because of the current leadership. How can u even think of keepin them. Dlamini looks, act and talks like minister in waiting. Viva Vavi viva

      silencekhorombi.silence - 2012-09-20 22:09

      Now cosatu is talking about stable leadership,infact their doing favour for their zulu brother mr zuma,nowadays cosatu and its affiliates union their no longer represent workers.useles cosatu!

      moloja.solutionary - 2012-09-20 23:03

      Foward with stability forward, working class leadership has spoken. No compromise, our detractors will remain dissapointed, thanks for a united and resolute congress of the countries workers..

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-09-20 20:58

    SO guys, you want your investments in mining to prosper so that you can continue to suppress the workers? Really great for the workers who pay their dues I don't think. No wonder they are leaving

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-20 21:01

    Ah yes, stability over honesty. Of course. No mention there at all either of doing any work. Some people get so excited when they hear these speeches. As if by politricksters saying the words it has already happened. Talking is their weapon. We've had 18 years of talking and promises and cute soundbites manipulating us to vote. We're all still waiting for anything to be done

  • pashman.malate - 2012-09-20 21:41

    Stable, Zuma and leadership on the same sentence?? really?

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-15 14:25

      The heading should read Cosatu wants ANC leadership kept in a stable, that would make a lot more sense.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-09-20 21:44

    So it is true that the leadership discussion of the ANC is only permissible if it endorses a second term for Zuma? People like Sdumo should know that if Zuma gets a second term the ANC will lose our votes come 2014. We can't stand this bimbo for another five years. We are sick of him and his shenanigans already.

      silencekhorombi.silence - 2012-09-20 22:17

      2014 is going to be a disaster anc is no longer going to make it,unles they nationalise mines,and root out corruption.

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-15 14:30

      silence, they will achieve neither, nationalising any industry is NOT the way forward, especially with these idiots in power, even under a strong and honest government this would be a disaster, and rooting out corruption ? how can you when the whole ANC is corrupt, vote DA into government in 2014 then this country will be a better place for all who live here, except the gravy train mob, their days would be over.

  • william.letsong.5 - 2012-09-20 21:56

    Why don't you guys go solo? We all know that you want to be the decision makers in government, so why don't you contest an election?

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-20 22:02

      It's only now they've been very publicly and internationally embarassed that they have anything to say. Support for The Alliance one day, criticism the next. They're still all over the place, and have not come up with one single *viable* plan. Their own members ignored them and got a better result in 5 weeks than they managed in 18yrs. They can't run their own union let alone a country

  • lums.zindela - 2012-09-20 22:02

    Sdumo please don't talk $h¡t hear... You mean you want some kind of compromised leadership? Let the voters vote for who they want and who will rectify this mess. Can't you see the ship is sinking. I personally would want the kind of leadership who will kicka$$ and uproot corruption. That is what SA need, not some lesson from dead cosatu.

  • sylvester.baloyi - 2012-09-20 22:05

    Mxm, let me go take a shower......

  • sylvester.baloyi - 2012-09-20 22:05

    Mxm, let me go take a shower......

  • siphiwe.j.sibeko - 2012-09-20 23:11

    seconded it will ensure that we move forward as a nation!! As the manded was clearly stated and shall not be amended my comrades we will rule untill Jesus comes back....

  • kutlwano.masibi - 2012-09-20 23:37

    The critical issue of discussion should be, why the question of stability to the leadership now? I think before we can even start to discuss the issue of stability we must start with the assessment of the leadership to say that have they delivered to the mandate that they were given by the conference? Secondly, is contestation an act of instability or is it an act of promoting democratic principles? Thirdly,who said leadership change brings instability to the organisation? Why this call wasn't made earlier when the organisation was falling apart?

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-21 07:04

    The focus has been on leadership over the years. Surely the electorate gave them a mandate to deliver services to the people. If the Polokwane resolutions have not been implemented, then it would be pointless to start debating new ones. If the leadership did not meet their KPIs no re-election.

  • nmateke - 2012-09-27 11:06

    Democracy becoming a Monarch in SA

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