ANC to meet Cosatu over support

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Cyril Ramaphosa. File photo: Giyani Baloi

Johannesburg - The African National Congress will meet Cosatu throughout the country to discuss support, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday.

“We will be meeting with them all over the country to talk about one message, which is support,” he told editors in Parktown, Johannesburg.

He said the case of the Congress of SA Trade Unions was not unique because all organisations in the world went through ups and downs.

“The ANC would like all components of the (tripartite) alliance to be strong, functional and effective, although there are challenges.”

Asked about Parliament's Nkandla ad hoc committee, Ramaphosa said the party was satisfied the matter would be handled as it moved on.

The committee was set to consider President Jacob Zuma’s submissions on the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, but was effectively dissolved on Monday.

The matter was put to a vote after the ANC proposed it stand over for the next Parliament to consider after the May 7 elections.

Ramaposa said the committee was postponed for practical reasons.

He was accompanied by the ANC's national social cohesion committee, including committee chairwoman Lindiwe Sisulu.

Sisulu lashed out at opposition parties, saying they focused more on what the ANC was doing rather than on what they would do for people.

“Other parties talk about us while we talk about what we will do for our people.”

She said the ruling party was focusing on what it had done for the country not what other parties were doing.

The tripartite alliance is between Cosatu, the ANC and the SA Communist Party.

Some Cosatu-affiliated unions such as the National Union of Metalworkers of SA have been highly critical of some of the governing ANC's policies.

Numsa has gone as far as calling for Zuma's resignation.

Sapa


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