Zuma in Cosatu’s cross-hairs

Union leader says pres­i­dent is silent on KZN killings

Daily Dispatch - - News - By SIKHO NTSHOBANE

COSATU gen­eral-sec­re­tary Bheki Nt­shal­intshali has blasted Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma for keep­ing mum on the po­lit­i­cal killings in KwaZulu-Natal.

Speak­ing at Ne­hawu Eastern Cape’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at the Wal­ter Sisulu Uni­ver­sity’s Nel­son Man­dela Drive cam­pus in Mthatha yes­ter­day, he also said Zuma had failed to speak out against cor­rup­tion and the Gup­tas.

The fed­er­a­tion has con­sis­tently called on Zuma to be fired.

“It is against this back­ground that we are say­ing a leader who has never spo­ken against cor­rup­tion or the Gup­tas, who has never pro­nounced on these things, that he must step down,” he said to rous­ing ap­plause from hun­dreds of peo­ple who at­tended the event.

Among those at­tend­ing were Ne­hawu’s first deputy pres­i­dent Michael Shin­gange, SACP sec­ond deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary Chris Matl­hako, ANC Eastern Cape pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukaitobi and for­mer fi­nance deputy min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas.

Nt­shal­intshali said the cur­rent ANC de­cided its lead­er­ship us­ing money, while adding that ev­ery story in news­pa­per con­cern­ing the ANC was neg­a­tive nowa­days.

“We can­not do­nate the ANC to hooli­gans and crim­i­nals. There have been peo­ple preach­ing that the al­liance must be bro­ken. We will never al­low the ANC to die de­spite the fact that it is killing it­self,” he said.

He also lashed out at Zuma for hav­ing en­dorsed for­mer African Union Com­mis­sion chair­woman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be his suc­ces­sor as ANC pres­i­dent.

“It is un­prece­dented that when a pres­i­dent is about to step down, you look into your house for a suc­ces­sor,” he said, re­fer­ring to Dlamini-Zuma be­ing Zuma’s ex-wife.

Cosatu has been vo­cal in its sup­port for cur­rent ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to take over from Zuma af­ter the De­cem­ber elec­tive con­fer­ence.

But Nt­shal­intshali ex­plained this by6 say­ing it had been agreed ear­lier in 2012, prior to Ramaphosa’s elec­tion in Man­gaung, that a deputy pres­i­dent would suc­ceed the pres­i­dent.

Mean­while, Jonas said the up­com­ing ANC elec­tive con­fer­ence should not be about chang­ing the faces of lead­ers but also fo­cus on build­ing dy­namism within the party to help with the trans­for­ma­tion of the de­vel­op­men­tal agenda of the coun­try.

How­ever he ar­gued that the party should not put its faith on a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual to turn its for­tunes around and pro­pel the coun­try for­ward.

“It is im­pos­si­ble. We know that with what is hap­pen­ing now.”

Math­lako said while the ANC could do what­ever it wanted with Zuma, the rest of South Africa was en­ti­tled to state their opin­ions about him as the pres­i­dent of the coun­try. — sikhon@dis­patch.co.za

Pic­ture: SIKHO NTSHOBANE

GOOD TIMES: Newly elected Eastern Cape ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Lu­lama Ngcukayithobi, left, shares a laugh with for­mer deputy fi­nance min­is­ter Mce­bisi Jonas dur­ing Ne­hawu Eastern Cape’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions at the WSU Cam­pus in Mthatha yes­ter­day

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