It’s President Zuma’s birthday and reports have it that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) have refused to join the celebrations of Mr Zuma’s 75th birthday in Kliptown because they “have bigger fish to fry.”
As culled from an EWN report, COSATU wished Zuma well but refused to take part in celebrating Zuma.
The union’s Sizwe Pamla reportedly said: “We wish him well as a cadre of our movement on his birthday, but as workers we have bigger fish to fry. We are preparing for a major celebration.”
If you recall, BuzzSouthAfrica reported last-week that COSATU for the first time, publicly express the need to oust Mr Zuma as South Africa’s president.
The congress indicated that it will no longer cope with the absence of “constructive engagement” in Zuma’s leadership. To them, Zuma’s leadership has been treating the congress asno longer fit to lead the ANC and the country.
Speaking for COSATU, general secretary, Bheki Ntshalintshali said: “Cosatu no longer believes that the president is the right person to unite and lead the movement‚ the alliance and the country.
“We think that after all his undeniable contribution to both the movement and government‚ the time has arrived for him to step down and allow the country to be led forward by a new collective at a government level.
“We no longer believe in his leadership abilities and we shall be communicating that decision to our ally, the ANC.”
Meanwhile President Zuma said his birthday wish is to witness more progress in building a better life for the poor and the working class.
“I would like to see us making more progress in fighting poverty and inequality. We need to make progress in black economic empowerment to promote true economic freedom.
I also wish to see us winning the battle against racism in our country. We remain committed to building a non-racial society and will continue to work hard to unite our people against racism and all its manifestations.
My wish is also to see more citizens working with the police and government to rid our communities of crime and building safer communities.”
The Presidency expressed that Zuma’s birthday has been dampened by the death of Ontlametse Phalatse.
Describing Phalatse as a “brave young fighter who didn’t allow the disease Progeria to limit her life,” The Presidency related that President Zuma invited Ontlametse to attend his birthday celebration and that she was happy about it because he shares a birthday with her mother, Bellone Ontlametse.