Alliance is safe: Cosatu
The alliance between the ANC, Cosatu and SACP is safe, the Congress of SA Trade Unions said in Johannesburg on Friday.
“We are not in any way feeling stressed about an alliance that is collapsing tomorrow. The alliance is safe,” general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters in Braamfontein.
Cosatu “vehemently refute[d]” a statement in the ANC's organisational report, which was discussed during the party's national conference in Mangaung.
Vavi said the statement alleged “Cosatu is the only alliance partner that from time to time sees the democratic government as worse or the same as the apartheid regime".
Vavi dismissed this claim saying, “Cosatu has never made any such comment and never will."
When it came to the alliance “from time to time there will be moments of controversy in... Some things will be managed internally. With others they will flare up into public discussions".
Nevertheless, Vavi reiterated that the alliance, between the union federation, ruling party and SA Communist Party, always managed to move forward.
“The alliance is in good shape and it will continue to be stronger and will be strengthened by the resolutions of the ANC conference.”
The conference ended on Thursday.
Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini was elected to the African National Congress's national executive committee. Vavi declined nomination.
Vavi said Cosatu would study the resolutions of the conference before making more detailed public comment on it.