If the information on the ANC official Twitter account is anything to go by, President Jacob Zuma will on Monday, address the Cosatu May Day rally.
The African National Congress released the statement on Friday alongside screenshots of a party statement confirming plans of its top six and where they would be speaking at May Day rally and events around the country.
— Year of OR Tambo (@MYANC) April 28, 2017
The statement revealed that the president would be at Loch Logan Park to address the rally. This disregards the strong objections from Cosatu’s top three unions: the SA Democratic Teachers Union‚ the SA Municipal Workers Union and Nehawu.
Apparently, the ANC is unfazed by the warnings that members of some unions may boo or disrupt the president’s speech when he addresses the federation’s main May Day rally on Monday.
Nonetheless, Nehawu said allowing Zuma to speak after the labour federation had issued an earlier call for him to step down as president of the country, might bring about confusion among its members.
However, Both Cosatu and the ANC confirmed on Friday that Zuma will address the rally. The union’s secretary general Bheki Nthalisntshali said, “we do not have an understanding that as ANC president he is no longer allowed to attend Cosatu activities.”
Also, ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa said the president’s attendance is not about Cosatu’s resolution around Zuma as president but about the acceptance of his role as leader of the ANC.
Thus, he would be addressing the rally in his capacity as ANC president. Kodwa also confirmed that the tweet contained an authentic ANC statement.
Shortly after the statement was released on Twitter, the comments section was inundated with angry reactions. One user promised that they would boo the president until he runs for his life.