Ne­hawu backs Cyril in lead­er­ship bat­tle

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - NONI MOKATI

THE scram­ble to choose the next can­di­date to lead the ANC in­ten­si­fied yes­ter­day, with the Na­tional Education, Health and Al­lied Work­ers Union (Ne­hawu) back­ing Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa.

This fol­lowed Ne­hawu call­ing on the ANC to get its house in or­der ahead of the pol­icy con­fer­ence this week­end, and the elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

Ramaphosa, who was ad­dress­ing Ne­hawu’s 11th na­tional con­fer­ence in Boks­burg, did not mince his words on state cap­ture.

Ramaphosa as­sured Ne­hawu that the ANC was not con­fused about who it stood for. He said the party has al­ways had a bias for the work­ing class.

“We don’t have to choose. We know where we stand,” he said.

On state cap­ture, Ramaphosa said while leaked e-mails spewed ev­ery­thing, the an­nounce­ment by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma on the es­tab­lish­ment of a ju­di­cial com­mis­sion of in­quiry had to be wel­comed, as the whole truth would be re­vealed there.

He im­plored work­ers not to be spec­ta­tors to the po­lit­i­cal drama un­fold­ing in the coun­try, but to play a role in unit­ing the al­liance and help­ing to mo­bilise the masses, as well as in­ten­sify mo­bil­i­sa­tion in the run-up to the 2019 elec­tions.

Mean­while, Dr Blade Nz­i­mande was con­cerned that their revo­lu­tion was in se­ri­ous dan­ger.

“We need to dis­cuss how to res­cue it. We can­not walk over lead­ers and al­low the coun­try to be led by an In­dian fam­ily. We didn’t strug­gle for that,” the higher education min­is­ter said to loud ap­plause.

It also didn’t mat­ter what colour mo­nop­oly was, but that mo­nop­oly should be fought, he added.

State cap­ture de­plored at con­fer­ence

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