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cosatuBusinessLive reports that after Cyril Ramaphosa became ANC president on Monday evening, trade union federation Cosatu warned the new leadership of the ANC that Cosatu’s support was “not a blank cheque”.  

Cosatu was the first of the ANC-led alliance partners to formally endorse Ramaphosa for the position at the end of 2016.  Cosatu spokesman Sizwe Pamla said on Monday evening that the federation “wants to warn the new leadership of the ANC, though, that our support for the ANC is not a blank cheque and we expect them to deal with the issues that are killing the economy like state capture and corruption.”  Pamla said Cosatu looked forward to engaging with the newly elected leadership and would use a central executive committee meeting set for February to reflect on the outcomes of the ANC’s national conference, which will conclude on Wednesday.  Relations in the alliance reached an all-time low by the end of Jacob Zuma’s term as president of the party, after both Cosatu and the SACP openly called on Zuma to step down as president of the country.  Zuma was also banned from speaking at Cosatu events.

  • Read this report by Claudi Mailovich, Neo Gaba and Nico Gouws in full at BusinessLive
  • Read Cosatu’s press statement in this regard at Politicsweb


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