Cosatu bemoans ‘imposed’ candidates

The ANC in North West has “imposed” mayoral candidates on the province, the provincial branch of labour federation Cosatu said today.

“To us this is exactly what we said before the elections ... that workers and the alliance are used as voting cows and are forgotten post the elections when it is time for deployment,” said provincial secretary Solly Phetoe.

He said that, despite concerns raised with the ANC, the party had appointed candidates not favoured by the alliance and had “deliberately” ignored Cosatu’s submissions.

Phetoe said that Cosatu had been “tossed from pillar to post” in trying to meet with the party to resolve the issue.

“We are not aware of that issue,” said ANC North West spokesperson Kenny Morolong.

He said that the party would continue to engage with Cosatu.

Phetoe said Cosatu had “learnt with shock and disappointment [of] the announcement of the working programme between the Democratic Alliance, United Christian Democratic Party and the ANC”.

Morolong said he was not aware of any working programme, official or unofficial, between the parties. 

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