COSATU has threatened to dump ANC at the upcoming local government polls. PHOTO:


THE Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has threatened to dump the ANC ahead of the 2021 Local Government Elections despite it being a political ally and a key supporter of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise in the governing party.

The trade union federation is expected to hold a special CEC meeting to discuss its electoral support for the governing party. 

Cosatu gave Ramaphosa conditional support in 2017, helping him win the ANC leadership race against former president Jacob Zuma’s preferred candidate, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

However, in recent months, the trade union federation has voiced its unhappiness with some decisions taken by Ramaphosa’s administration, including government’s decision to pull out of the three-year public wage agreement.

“The planned Special CEC meeting to discuss COSATU position on its support for the ANC in the 2021 local government elections is informed by the political reality on the ground. The CEC meeting acknowledged that there are major problems facing workers that will make it hard to convince workers to support the ANC during the upcoming elections. Some of these challenges have left many workers feeling like they are being asked to vote against their own interests,” Cosatu said on Thursday.

“Workers have always made it clear that their support for the ANC does not amount to a blank cheque and have previously refused to campaign or support candidates known to be corrupt or lazy, just because they succeeded in manipulating the ANC internal processes. The Federation will also be convening a Central Committee to grapple with these big political issues.”

COSATU said since the NASREC conference in 2017, the lack of discipline in the ANC has become worse with some leaders and members at all levels showing disdain for the rules of the organisation.

“This makes a mockery of the Mangaung Conference that promised that this decade was going to be a “decade of the cadre”, said the trade union federation.

“The ANC is struggling to function as a unitary organisation. Since the Mangaung Conference, when the “decade of the cadre” was declared, we have seen more and more court intervention in political disputes.”

“Political ineptitude and factionalism have created this dangerous reliance on courts. These in-depth discussions of the current political situation also assessed what progress has been made in implementing the resolutions of the ANC 2017 NASREC Conference and the ANC 2019 election manifesto.”


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