cosatuTimesLIVE reports that trade union federation Cosatu says it will work hard to regain the trust of workers and voters who are furious at endless government failures ahead of the upcoming local government elections.

Speaking at the ANC’s National Executive Council two-day lekgotla, the federation cast doubt on the ruling party’s ability to redeem itself after failing to register candidates in many municipalities for the upcoming polls: “The levels of incompetence are staggering. The elections are in weeks and yet we have not even begun to campaign. We do not have a manifesto, have not launched a single advert, nor begun to canvass. It is clear from our failure to register candidates that our organisation is in a serious crisis.” With many of SA’s municipalities on the brink of collapse, and also failing to pay workers on time, Cosatu said the ANC had placed it in a difficult position. It also slammed the ruling party’s failure to pay ANC staff for two months and holding back pension contributions for several years, saying if the party hoped to survive or win the elections, the issues needed to be tackled immediately.

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