Cosatu head de­nies strike plans

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COSATU pres­i­dent S’dumo Dlamini has re­acted with anger to ef­forts he says are meant to pit lead­ers of the trade union fed­er­a­tion against each other.

Dlamini yes­ter­day said he knew of no plans by Cosatu to em­bark on a na­tional shut­down aimed at com­pelling Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down, as stated in an on­line re­port by a Sun­day pa­per.

“Who said any­thing about a na­tional shut­down? I know noth­ing of that sort. Who­ever said it, you must go back to that per­son and ask him about it,” Dlamini said.

He added that there had been con­certed ef­forts by the me­dia to turn Cosatu lead­ers against each other. “As Cosatu, we’ve had var­i­ous dis­cus­sions on the cri­sis fac­ing the coun­try. One of the dec­la­ra­tions we’ve made is to tackle so­cio-eco­nomic is­sues and protest against what we think is not right,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the on­line re­port, the build-up to the al­leged na­tional shut­down of the econ­omy over state capture and cor­rup­tion was set in mo­tion by Cosatu af­ter it sub­mit­ted a strike no­tice to Ned­lac.

The re­port quoted Cosatu deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary Solly Phetoe as say­ing the strike was ex­pected to take place be­fore the end of Au­gust and that Cosatu had the right to call for Zuma to stand aside.

But Dlamini, who three months ago was heav­ily crit­i­cised for at­tend­ing Zuma’s 75th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Soweto, re­fused to elab­o­rate on de­tails about Cosatu’s plan of action in deal­ing with the state capture re­ports, say­ing he didn’t want to talk about the is­sue fur­ther.

Pho­toe was yes­ter­day un­avail­able to com­ment on the “planned protests”. He how­ever said this past week­end that Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was the only per­son who could lead the ANC.

Phetoe also ac­knowl­edged that the ANC and its al­liance part­ners, Cosatu and the SACP, were di­vided over Zuma’s lead­er­ship, but said that be­fore the na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence, which starts on Fri­day, it was vital for the move­ment to unite.

He also said that as mem­bers of the rul­ing party pre­pared to de­lib­er­ate on poli­cies, those call­ing for rad­i­cal eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion had to state clearly how they were go­ing to cre­ate jobs.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa did not re­ply to re­quests for com­ment.

AN­GRY: S’dumo Dlamini

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