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ancBusinessLive reports that trade union federation Cosatu has thrown its weight behind the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, with its congress resolving to vote and campaign for the party.  

The affirmation followed a lengthy debate between the federation’s affiliates at its 13th national congress this week.  The congress also resolved to wait for a decision over its support for the SA Communist Party (SACP) if the latter contests elections on its own.  Cosatu is in an alliance with the ANC and the SACP.  The federation’s general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said this week on the sidelines of the congress that support for the ANC would not come without conditions.  "There is no free lunch, no blank cheque — when you vote you choose that party because you have a belief that party must be able to do things for you in a better way.  At the same time, [delegates] recognise that the mission of the ANC and the SACP is not the same.  We want socialism and the party does not want socialism.  But it wants to improve the lives of people."  He added that for 2019, “we are going to vote for the ANC and want an overwhelming majority [for] the ANC."

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