Gauteng Cosatu, SACP back Zuma
Cosatu and the SACP in Gauteng will support President Jacob Zuma for a second term as ANC leader, the two said on Wednesday.
"[We] resolved to defend and consolidate the leadership collective under President Jacob Zuma," they said in a joint statement.
"[The] meeting resolved to respect the right of the ANC PEC [provincial executive committee] to pronounce on any position as it pleases, while appreciating that ANC branches will have a final say on the matter."
The Congress of SA Trade Unions and SA Communist Party in Gauteng held a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the political situation in the country.
The meeting discussed the nomination of African National Congress leaders who will be elected at the party's national conference in Mangaung in December.
As alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu delegates who attend the ANC conference are non-voting delegates.
Earlier this month, the ANC's Gauteng PEC announced that it was nominating Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for the position of party leader.
Provincial leader Paul Mashatile said the PEC had been calling for the renewal of the ANC and change in leadership.
In addition to nominating Motlanthe as ANC president, the PEC also named Febe Potgieter as deputy secretary general and Mashatile as treasurer general, as its preferred candidates for the ANC national elective conference to be held in Mangaung in December.
While the Gauteng PEC was unanimous in its recommendations for those positions, it was split on the rest of the top six.
The PEC recommended both Tokyo Sexwale and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for deputy president, Joel Netshitenzhe and Gwede Mantashe for secretary general, and Thandi Modise and Naledi Pandor for national chairperson.
Cosatu and the SACP said it would respect the ANC's internal processes, especially when it came to nominations and election of leaders.
"Bilateral [SACP and Cosatu] expressed confidence that ANC branches will certainly express themselves in a manner that is consistent with the values, principles, and unifying perspectives of the 1912 ANC founding congress," they said.