The bottom line is that the incessant factional cold war going on in the African National Congress (ANC) has left the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) confused about which of the warring group they are allied to.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Cosatu national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla lamented that factionalism in the ANC is gradually growing from provincial level to national level – thereby leaving COSATU under the weather.
Dispirited by the ruling party’s substandard performances, Pamla asserted that the ANC NEC has glaringly paralyzed itself, that it has not necessarily managed to play its role as a high decision-making structure in the ANC.
He added that the ANC’s inability to ‘self-correct’ itself is a clear picture that the party is divided and parades leaders who hold different opinions on issues.
Sizwe Pamla added:
“We can’t continue to say we are in an alliance because we don’t know which ANC we are allied to … factionalism automatically means factions are dominating at all levels from provincially to nationally, and then the question will be: if Cosatu says the ANC is our ally, which faction are we talking about and are we allied to? That has been an issue of late when we try to actually get a sense of what is going on with a particular issue.”
The federation also promised to meet with the ANCYL over incessant calls by organisations and individuals for an early elective conference, noting that the level of factionalism that has crippled the ruling party demands new leadership.
Commenting on South African business family – the Guptas’ decision to sell their shares before the end of the year – the federation said it hopes the family’s decision will not cost many South Africans their jobs, adding that such delicate decisions can easily lead to a crash in the economy of the state, if ill-handled.