Limpopo protest 'used to slate ANC'

2012-03-08 13:36

Polokwane - Cosatu's march in Polokwane was used to slate ANC leaders in Limpopo, the party in the province said on Thursday.

Congress of SA Trade Unions supporters refused to let a Limpopo ANC representative speak to them during their protest on Wednesday, calling him a friend of ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

They said they would not be spoken to by "the ANC of [premier] Cassel Mathale, and Malema, who are thieves".


Limpopo ANC spokesperson Makondelele Mathivha on Thursday said the comments were defamatory.

"This is equal to defamation of character with the full intention of not only harming his [Mathale's] good name, but also that of the ANC in the province," he said.

"Cosatu must be careful that its honourable platforms to drive genuine causes for workers are not dragged through the mud and misused by individuals who harbour ill-intentions."

Mathivha said the alliance partnership, between Cosatu and the African National Congress, must not be abused. The union federation's public platforms should be used to further the struggle of the workers.

"They must not allow themselves to be used by individuals who want to further unclear political agendas and mislead workers and the people of Limpopo. If Cosatu permits such actions to continue they run the risk of being viewed as anti-ANC."

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  • Leon - 2012-03-08 13:43

    Truth HURTS

      Sean - 2012-03-08 13:52

      100 % TRUTH !!!!!!!!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 13:54

      "This is equal to defamation of character with the full intention of not only harming his [Mathale's] good name, but also that of the ANC in the province," he said. Oh wow, lol!!! The ANC never fail with crazy utterances, this had me rolling on the floor - the worst province in the country with MASSIVE corruption and the ANC still think he has a good name!

  • Herman - 2012-03-08 13:43

    Viva Cosatu!

  • Kala - 2012-03-08 13:47

    The ANC are theives, Sue me!

  • johan.vanhoff - 2012-03-08 13:50


      Herman - 2012-03-08 13:54

      No, they will just pull another Dingaan on us!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-08 13:55

      Next time don't use all caps ok? And I'm not too sure on this sentence and I hope you can explain to me what you mean: "I WONDER IF THEY WILL GO BACK TO RESPECTIVE "KRAALS" ??

  • Nigel - 2012-03-08 13:55

    Well said guys, the truth will come out, the ANC have brought themselves into disrepute, just don't understand why Vavi lets Malema take advantage of the Cosatu stage, he should know better, he is underestimating the snake.

  • Sika - 2012-03-08 13:56

    Why did an ANC member try to address the crowd if this was a COSATU gathering? trying to steal the lime light..nxa tsek

  • Sharon - 2012-03-08 13:57

    Can it still be called defamation if its the truth?

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-08 14:08

    This politicians think they are bigger than us people living in this country,they continue playin with our emotions,they dont know we are not happy,it just that we have patients.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-03-08 14:11

    To be a spokesperson makes one to be stupid.

  • Sarel van Deventer - 2012-03-08 14:19

    cassels good name.lmao. I thought limpopo was under adminastration

  • Thelma - 2012-03-08 14:45

    And when the whites were called thieves what was the ANC response to that?????? Practice what you bloody preach!!!!!!!!

  • Nick - 2012-03-08 14:49

    Hopefully some people are seeing the light, but most likely it is just a power struggle. Now the education minister has to go to court, the voters will see how they are being ripped off. 2014 cannot come quick enough.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-08 15:12

    Mathale's "good" name?

  • Mark - 2012-03-08 15:17

    The truth is not defamatory

      Alex - 2012-03-08 18:28

      It is more like sport considering the sterling job the ANC is doing destroying their own name.

  • Den - 2012-03-08 16:47

    glad people are seeing the truth

  • moruthane - 2012-03-08 16:50

    one wonders if whether this Makondelele Mathivha guy was sober when he conducted this interview or what...

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