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ancBusinessLive reports that if the African National Congress (ANC) drops the ball on the call for a reconfigured alliance, trade union federation Cosatu will exit the partnership.  

Cosatu wants its alliance with the ANC and the SA Communist Party (SACP) to allow for equal treatment of all partners and consultation over government policy and appointments.  But, according to the federation, the alliance is dysfunctional, paralysed, incoherent and divided, while the ANC sees its use mainly for election campaigns.  Cosatu delegates resolved at their congress in Midrand this week that if the ANC continued to make decisions about government policies and deployments without consulting its alliance partners, the workers would seek a new political home that was socialist orientated.  The alliance was not a "permanent" relationship that bound them to continue supporting the party, Cosatu affiliates warned.  The hardline position taken at the congress was apparently first discussed at a central executive committee political workshop.  It was the fear of Cosatu leaders that if the federation decided to ditch the alliance while members were still swept up in the euphoria of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise to power, this would have caused the federation to split.  Cosatu was the first organisation to endorse Ramaphosa’s bid for the presidency of the ANC.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Cosatu complains that ANC still bully boy, undermines alliance partners, at The Citizen

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