Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Cosatu and ANC growing further apart

By Lelethu Mquqo
3 November 2010

The gap between the African National Congress and the Congress of South African Trade Unions seem to be widening.

This follows an accusation by the party’s secretary general Gwede Mantashe that the labour federation of campaigning against government.

He says Cosatu seems to be creating an “opposition bloc.”

Mantashe says the federation weakened and divided its alliance with the ANC by failing to invite the party to a conference of civil-society groups on the East Rand last week.

He accuses the conference of “prosecuting” the government and finding it guilty in absentia for its policies on jobs, health and education, and for not fighting corruption.

Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi responded to the accusations by saying the ANC is paranoid in interpreting a civil society conference as an attempt to effect administrate change in South Africa.

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