Lunga Simelane
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10 May 2022
4:00 am

Battle lines drawn between ANC and Cosatu after chaotic scenes in Rustenburg

Lunga Simelane

Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said Ramaphosa’s administration had mismanaged the economy in siding with the private sector.

President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) 13th national congress on 17 September 2018 in Midrand, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele

The ANC and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) alliance is at a crossroads and facing a major test following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ignominious retreat from the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg this weekend. Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said Ramaphosa’s administration had mismanaged the economy in siding with the private sector by taking policies and decisions which punished workers. “This is a test for the alliance because our members agree that they do not like the [direction] the country has taken,” Pamla said. A lot of issues were raised, he said, and “Ramaphosa could not pretend he did not...