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Johannesburg - The ANC is not concerned about metalworkers union Numsa’s decision to withhold R2 million it had budgeted to help the party fight next year’s elections, says policy chief Jeff Radebe.
The justice minister says the ANC will continue to help Cosatu resolve its problems so it could be a “dependable” alliance partner in the run-up to the elections.
Speaking at a media briefing at Luthuli House in Joburg on Monday, Radebe said his party targeted a “comprehensive” victory that would allow the ANC to implement its Mangaung resolutions.
He said that despite the National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s decision, the resolutions of the recent tripartite alliance summit showed the ANC still enjoyed the support of its alliance partners - the SACP, Cosatu and the SA National Civic Organisation.
Numsa reportedly withdrew its funding in the wake of the suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.
“We are going to be moving from strength to strength with our comrades in Cosatu. But it’s also very obvious that there are challenges within Cosatu. So I think we should leave Cosatu to resolve their problems, but the ANC is always there to assist in finding solutions that will make sure Cosatu continues to be a dependable ally of the ANC as we are fighting the 2014 general elections,” Radebe said.
Meanwhile, Radebe dismissed the DA’s boast that it would win the Western Cape, Gauteng and the Northern Cape next year.
“On the last count, I did not know there were psychics among political parties. The people who are going to be determining who continues to rule South Africa are the voters themselves,” he said.
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