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Cyril for Cosatu

The same Sdumo Dlamini – the last stand­ing com­mu­nist still sup­port­ing Num­ber One – can see that Cabi­net po­si­tion ebbing away. But he is not the only one dis­heart­ened by Cosatu’s de­clared sup­port for Buf­falo Cyril to suc­ceed the Prez.

The Na­tional Union of Me­tal­work­ers of SA slammed the plan to vote for “the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the min­er­als, en­ergy and fi­nance com­plex and white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal”. Not to be out­done, ANC youth leader Oros said: “If Cosatu wants Cyril as pres­i­dent, they can make him pres­i­dent of Cosatu at their own na­tional congress.”

Mealy mouthed

So­cial Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Batha­bile Dlamini had “big­gernyana skele­tons” to deal with this week in Par­lia­ment when the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts grilled her de­part­ment and the SA So­cial Se­cu­rity Agency on ir­reg­u­lar, fruit­less and waste­ful ex­pen­di­ture, amount­ing to mil­lions of rands, that they could not ex­plain.

The usu­ally mo­tor­mouthed Dlamini had no words to ex­plain the state of her de­part­ment and seemed to have no clue what was hap­pen­ing un­der her watch. She asked for more time to come up with sat­is­fac­tory answers.

But what she may ac­tu­ally need is a big­ger cabi­net for her skele­tons.

OLD FAITH­FUL Cosatu pres­i­dent Sdumo Dlamini

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