ANC and Cosatu can­not sur­vive with­out each other, says Dlamini

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PRE­TO­RIA — The Congress of South African Trade Unions says it’s time the tri­par­tite al­liance sat down and re­con­fig­ured their part­ner­ship.

In de­liv­er­ing an open­ing ad­dress at Cosatu’s sixth cen­tral com­mit­tee meet­ing, its pres­i­dent Sdumo Dlamini, told del­e­gates that the African Na­tional Congress needed work­ers and they, in turn, needed the 105­year­old po­lit­i­cal party.

“The ANC can­not sur­vive on her own with­out the work­ers in the coun­try,” Dlamini said yes­ter­day.

He said al­though some in the trade union fed­er­a­tion might be­lieve they would be fine with­out the gov­ern­ing party, he did not share their sen­ti­ments.

He added that al­though the work­ing class in South Africa could not be seen go­ing against the ANC, they also had the duty to speak out when the party made mis­takes.

“When they do these wrong things in­deed we shall take the de­ci­sions that we have taken be­cause we take de­ci­sions as com­rades and de­fend our de­ci­sions,” he added.

Dlamini was re­fer­ring to a re­cent de­ci­sion taken by the fed­er­a­tion to ban Ja­cob Zuma, the pres­i­dent of both the ANC and the coun­try, from speak­ing at any of its events.

On May 1, work­ers booed and re­fused to be ad­dressed by Zuma at a Cosatu Work­ers’ Day rally in Bloem­fontein. Unions re­tal­i­ated af­ter a plea for them not to be ad­dressed by the ANC leader was ig­nored. Zuma, who has usu­ally been the speaker to rep­re­sent the ANC at Cosatu gath­er­ings, would be re­placed by Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ram­ aphosa, who is also the fed­er­a­tion’s can­di­date to re­place him when the ANC goes to its na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

Dlamini said al­liance part­ners would have a chance to have frank dis­cus­sions with each other when they meet on June 4 and 5 for the al­liance po­lit­i­cal sum­mit.

“The ANC must help us ... It must help us to go through this jour­ney of en­sur­ing that you can build [not just] a stronger ANC but a stronger ANCled al­liance,” he said.

Dlamini, in shar­ing his thoughts on what the tri­par­tite al­liance could do dif­fer­ently, said the en­tire al­liance ar­range­ment had to be re­viewed.

“At the mo­ment it seems de­ci­sions can be taken by one part­ner and it af­fects all of us and we are not part of those de­ci­sions. That has got to come to an end,” he said.

He added that of­ten they re­quest meet­ings, but get no re­sponse from the gov­ern­ing party un­til there is a cri­sis. Dlamini was chas­tised by teach­ers’ union Sadtu KZN sec­re­tary No­maRus­sia Caluza, who said he failed to an­nounce the deputy pres­i­dent as their pre­ferred can­di­date to re­place Zuma.

— News24.

“The ANC must help us ... It must help us to go through this jour­ney of en­sur­ing that you can build [not just] a stronger ANC but a stronger ANC­led al­liance.”

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