The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has said that its planned revolution faces threats not just from outside but also from those within the state.
Speaking with some reporters on Thursday, the general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said those deployed in the state who act arrogantly to undermine the needs of the people have been a major threat to the revolution
“This includes the corrupt elements and those who choose to ignore or deliberately misinterpret the policies of the movement when implementing them,” he added.
Addressing that after Cosatu’s central executive committee (CEC) meeting this week, Ntshalintshali said the trade union federation would do its best to stage a defense against these elements, but would not be uncritical supporters of its alliance partners – the African National Congress and SA Communist Party – and government leadership.
“At the same time, when the leadership refuses to be decisive, we shall, in a principled fashion, speak out and embark on campaigns to ensure that the revolution stays on track,” Ntshalintshali said adding that the CEC had agreed not to yet debate on the ANC 2017 succession
“It is both a divisive and a distracting debate that will not help the working class to tackle the priority issues confronting it.”
The ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe had last week informed party supporters in Pretoria of a planned anarchy by people who are out there in a programme of regime change meetings taking place regularly at the American embassy
However, at Cosatu’s national congress in Midrand in November last year, some affiliates called that the ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should become president. But some members of the ANC were not in support of the arrangements for Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC, and the country.
The group wanted African Union commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the ANC and to block Ramaphosa from taking over. The proposal was later referred to CEC after Cosatu’s congress chose not to support the plan.
Meanwhile, Ntshalintshali asserted that the CEC wanted the recent alliance summit resolutions implemented to include acting against corrupt elements in the alliance alongside acting against gate-keeping which does not give room for members to have their membership cards from the ANC and against the “use of money to influence election results”