Too little left left in the ANC: iLIVE
I agree with S'Thembiso Msomi's column that Cosatu has failed to swell the ranks of the ANC to turn it left.
Since the birth of the tripartite alliance we have seen Cosatu and SACP leaders rise in the ANC, notably John Beaver Marks, Dan Tloome, Moses Mabhida, Harry Gwala, Chris Hani and Sydney Mufamadi.
Ordinary workers had hoped the election of Jacob Zuma and Gwede Mantashe would turn the ANC left. This has not happened and Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi has confirmed this.
It is clear that a Zulu traditionalist cannot be a leftist. Zuma's salary combined with that of his wives makes him the highest-paid South African president. He has built a R69-million home and "Zumaville".
Under his presidency, the state and ANC have surrendered to both the elite and the unholy alliance of corrupt politicians, state officials and tenderpreneurs.
Where is the influence of the true left?
Which policies adopted by ministers Ebrahim Patel, Rob Davies and Pravin Gordhan are left-leaning?