OPTIMISM OVER ANC MANIFESTO
DURBAN - As t he ANC prepares to celebrate its 107th birthday on January 8 and launch its election manifesto on January 12, its tripartite a l l i a nce par t ner in
K w a Z u l u - Na t a l , COSATU, expects the events to unite the movement and erase factions and divisions that have rocked the province.
Edwin Mkhize, COSATU KZN provincial secretary, said that they were thankful that KZN has been trusted with hosting t he big national event.
“This shows that there is confidence in us and that we have the capacity to host an event of this magnitude.
“We expect that the programmes will unite us in particular as the tripartite alliance. We would like to move on from the problems of divisions and factions in KZN,” Mkhize said. He said COSATU anticipated t hat t he ANC’s manifesto l a unch would tackle issues such as unemp l o y - ment.“We are facing a crisis. Many people are without jobs. We need to know how this will be addressed. We also expect to hear how the ANC will improve the conditions of workers to make their lives better.”
Mkhize said they also expected the manifesto to lay out the ANC’s plans to avert the privatisation of state-owned enterprises and the outsourcing of government work to private companies.
“We want the ANC’s manifesto to reassure us that the issue of returning the land to the people does not end up just being a dream because we are clear, as COSATU, that there should be an amendment of the Constitution if we want to realise this objective and commitment to return the land to the people. “We also expect clarity on several issues, including the issue of our stagnant economy and what the ANC will do to boost growth in the country,” he said.
KZN is known to be former president Jacob Zuma’s stronghold. While it is unclear if tensions will rise a head of Pres i dent Cyri l Ramaphosa delivering the keynote for the party’s celebrations, Zuma supporters said they were angry that the ANC’s top brass had taken a decision to delay Moses Mabhida region holding its conference before elections - an indication that the national executive committee might be in for a hostile reception in the coastal city.
During its rally, the party will also probably have to emphasise its commitment to protecting the rights of women after an embarrassing recording involving its National Chaplain General, the Rev Vukile Mehana, who was slated for making derogatory remarks about women in a private c onversation with f e l l ow Methodist Church member Raymond Sibanga.