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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.

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