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cosatuBusinessLive reports that according to proposed resolutions to be discussed at Cosatu’s national congress next week, the labour federation will support the ANC in the 2019 national election.  

But it might also decide to throw its weight behind the SA Communist Party (SACP) as it works to build a popular front to potentially contest future elections.  The proposed resolution on the SACP has been put forward by three of Cosatu’s largest unions, namely Nehawu, Sadtu and the NUM.  Adopting the proposal could mean a long-term shake-up of SA politics.  The SACP resolved last year to look into ways to build a popular front to contest future elections.  It said it would look into whether it would contest elections on its own from within or outside the alliance.  "Cosatu must work with the SACP in building a popular movement through a joint political programme to educate and mobilise the working class … the SACP should take a decisive, unambiguous step on the question of state power," the political report for the Cosatu congress reads.  The SACP is set to have a special congress after the Cosatu congress.  In the proposed resolutions, Cosatu said if the SACP decided to contest the 2019 polls it too would convene a special conference to discuss whether to support the party.  Cosatu’s national congress will kick off on Monday next week.

  • Read this report by Natasha Marrian in full at BusinessLive

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