President Zingisa Losi has called on the ANC to deal decisively with the party’s Secretary General Ace Magashule. IMAGE: COSATU

COSATU has lambasted the ANC for failing to take action against Secretary-General Ace Magashule.

Magashule is facing fraud and corruption charges related to the controversial R255 asbestos audit tender in the Free State.

Cosatu said the governing party should deal decisively with Magashule and set an example for the country.

“That is why we call the leadership of the ANC to be decisive in implementing the decisions of the ANC,” says Cosatu president, Zingiswa Losi following the trade union federation’s central executive committee (CEC) meet.

Losi said no one was above the law and the resolutions of the party.

On Friday, Magashule declined to comment on a call made Cosatu for him to step aside.

Magashule was speaking to members of the media during a door-to-door campaign in Naledi, Soweto, where he said the governing party had come to thank residents for voting for it in the recent by-elections.

The Strategic Dialogue Group, whose members were mostly student and youth organization leaders in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, has also called on the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to charge its members who defied party instruction and supported Magashule in court.

The group said members who defied the order undermined ANC renewal efforts and should be charged and disciplined as per ANC policy.

“The Integrity Commission must, on an urgent basis, investigate and propose to the ANC National Disciplinary Committee, appropriate measures to censor errant leaders who, under the guise of representing the ANC, took to the stage in Bloemfontein to undermine the values, ethics and morality of the Constitution and the ANC,” said the SDG.

“Theirs was to further tarnish the image of the ANC, with Mr Magashule stating unambiguously that NEC policy decisions do not apply to him, declaring that no one will remove him except the branches. This is open defiance against the ‘step-aside’ policy recently adopted and communicated by the NEC of the ANC.” 

Meanwhile, Cosatu and its affiliated unions will embark on a protest march to the Union Buildings on 4 December.

Cosatu said the CEC will lead a protest action/sit-in at the Union Buildings to demand a response from the Presidency on the memorandum submitted on the 7th October 2020.

This includes the call for government lead by example by complying with ILO conventions and respect collective bargaining.

“We shall write to the ILO urging it to immediately register a protest with the South African government’s breach of Convention 154, the Right to organize and Collective Bargaining Convention and Convention 87 on the Freedom of Association. The ILO must demand some level of accountability from the South African government,” said Cosatu.

“All our provincial structures will continue holding Demonstrations and Lunch-time Pickets at the departments, institutions, and workplaces where memorandums were submitted.”



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