Thapelo Lekabe
Digital Journalist
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25 Nov 2016
12:51 pm

Eight reasons why Cosatu backs Ramaphosa

Thapelo Lekabe

Ideological issues around economic transformation and unity with the tripartite alliance feature prominently in the trade union federation’s list.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa smiles at a Cabinet Lekgotla in Pretoria on Tuesday, 10 June 2014. Picture: GCIS/SAPA

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), the African National Congress’ (ANC) biggest alliance partner, on Thursday formally endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the governing party’s next leader.

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This is despite the party saying the union federation had jumped the gun by making statements on the party’s hotly contested leadership race set to come to a head during the ANC’s 54th national elective conference in December 2017.

Cosatu said its affiliates reflected on the question of who should lead the ANC out of its current political “gridlock and into the future”, with former businessman, not Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, leading the tripartite alliance out of the abysses.

“We are mindful of the fact that we are not a voting structure of the ANC, but we represent workers, who are members and supporters of the ANC. We also support the proposal that the ANC should explore the possibility of avoiding slates and contestations in its next conference. In this regard, we shall work to lobby and influence the ANC structures to support Cde Cyril Ramaphosa as the next leaders of the movement,” Cosatu said in a statement.

Here are the 8 reasons why Cosatu has resolved to lobby for and support Ramaphosa:

  1. The federation believes that Ramaphosa will be committed to the movement’s National Democratic Revolution (NDR), a programme adopted during the ANC’s 53rd national conference held in Mangaung, Free State, in 2012. It aims to speed up programmes of social transformation in the country beyond the successes achieved by the ANC in the post-1994 period.
  1. They believe the deputy president will be committed to the tripartite alliance, a strategic political partnership between the ANC, Cosatu and the South African Communist Party (SACP) formed during the Apartheid era to overthrow white minority rule in the country. The alliance today focuses on ways bring about economic transformation and ensuring that all citizens, especially the black majority, benefit from SA’s democratic dividends.
  1. Commitment to the fight against corruption – concerns around factionalism, gatekeeping and money politics have proven to be divisive in the alliance.
  1. Commitment to the unity of the ANC and the democratic movement.
  1. Commitment to workers and the poor in the country (although it’s interesting to note that they think a capitalist can do this).
  1. Commitment to defending and preserving the anti-imperialist and internationalist character of the ANC.
  1. They believe that Ramaphosa has a background in working class movements. He was one of the founders of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
  1. And finally, they believe he and his team will be guided by the resolutions of the ANC.

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