Trade union federation Cosatu is behaving like a spoiled brat. It wanted inflation targeting scrapped and the state purse opened wide because, in its reality-free world view, high inflation and overindebtedness are a fair price to pay for a temporary - and by no means certain - boost in competitiveness and jobs.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did not oblige.
In retaining the successful macro-economic policies that led to 17 years of uninterrupted growth (which only stalled because of banking shenanigans in the US and Europe) and focusing on delivery and the elimination of waste, Gordhan outlined a path capable of delivering what the union is calling for: sustainable work for its members and a better life for the poor.
Yet, because the federation disagrees with the methodology that Gordhan, and by extension the entire cabinet, is applying, some Cosatu affiliates are, according to the Mail & Guardian, now questioning their decision to support President Jacob Zuma's rise to power.
Perhaps now is the time for Cosatu to have the courage of its convictions and make good on previous threats to pull out of the alliance if it doesn't get its own way.