Tacit endorsement for Ramaphosa given at Cosatu congress

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Tacit endorsement for Ramaphosa given at Cosatu congress

Ramaphosa

24 November 2015

Midrand-THE African National Congress (ANC) must uphold the principle of its deputy president ascending to the helm of the party and the highest office in the land, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) heard on Tuesday in a tacit endorsement of ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa succeeding President Jacob Zuma.

A proposal was put forward by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) at Cosatu’s national congress for the federation to pronounce that the principle of the deputy president rising to become the president of the ANC and the country should be adopted by the gathering. Delegates were discussing the federation’s political report.

Mr Ramaphosa’s presidential bid will be given a shot in the arm by the Cosatu congress, should it endorse the proposal at its four-day congress, which is currently under way at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Sadtu deputy general secretary Nkosana Dolopi said Cosatu should take the same position it did in 2005, when it first came out in support of Mr Zuma, who was deputy president at the time.

Mr Dolopi was careful not to mention names, but said the principle was always followed in the ANC, from the time of former presidents Albert Luthuli and Oliver Tambo.

“It cannot be that each time the ANC goes to a national elective conference, it suffers from instability which affects the country alliance and the country as a whole.

“What we said in 2005 we must say now … if we want stability in the ANC,” Mr Dolopi said to loud applause from most of the unions in the hall.

He said the “preconference fever” should come to an end.

Cosatu unions will be discussing the proposal on Tuesday afternoon and will finally take a decision on it. The decision will be announced on Thursday. Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi cautioned delegates — who stood to applaud the proposal after Mr Dolopi had spoken — that the proposal had yet to be “tested in a debate” before it became a congress decision.

Mr Dolopi’s proposal was supported by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) during discussions. It is understood that the position will be supported by a number of other public sector unions, including the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu). The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) agreed with the position, but said the matter should rather be dealt with behind closed doors at a central executive committee meeting.

Mr Dolopi criticised those in the ANC and the alliance who were attacking the South African Communist Party (SACP) and its general secretary Blade Nzimande.

He was referring to the ANC Youth League and the SACP, who have been at loggerheads publicly. The SACP believed it was under attack because of its hardline stance against corruption, Mr Nzimande told journalists at a media briefing on Sunday.

November 24 2015, 14:13

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

THE African National Congress (ANC) must uphold the principle of its deputy president ascending to the helm of the party and the highest office in the land, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) heard on Tuesday in a tacit endorsement of ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa succeeding President Jacob Zuma.

A proposal was put forward by the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) at Cosatu’s national congress for the federation to pronounce that the principle of the deputy president rising to become the president of the ANC and the country should be adopted by the gathering. Delegates were discussing the federation’s political report.

Mr Ramaphosa’s presidential bid will be given a shot in the arm by the Cosatu congress, should it endorse the proposal at its four-day congress, which is currently under way at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

Sadtu deputy general secretary Nkosana Dolopi said Cosatu should take the same position it did in 2005, when it first came out in support of Mr Zuma, who was deputy president at the time.

Mr Dolopi was careful not to mention names, but said the principle was always followed in the ANC, from the time of former presidents Albert Luthuli and Oliver Tambo.

“It cannot be that each time the ANC goes to a national elective conference, it suffers from instability which affects the country alliance and the country as a whole.

“What we said in 2005 we must say now … if we want stability in the ANC,” Mr Dolopi said to loud applause from most of the unions in the hall.

He said the “preconference fever” should come to an end.

Cosatu unions will be discussing the proposal on Tuesday afternoon and will finally take a decision on it. The decision will be announced on Thursday. Cosatu second deputy president Zingiswa Losi cautioned delegates — who stood to applaud the proposal after Mr Dolopi had spoken — that the proposal had yet to be “tested in a debate” before it became a congress decision.

Mr Dolopi’s proposal was supported by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) during discussions. It is understood that the position will be supported by a number of other public sector unions, including the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu). The South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) agreed with the position, but said the matter should rather be dealt with behind closed doors at a central executive committee meeting.

Mr Dolopi criticised those in the ANC and the alliance who were attacking the South African Communist Party (SACP) and its general secretary Blade Nzimande.

He was referring to the ANC Youth League and the SACP, who have been at loggerheads publicly. The SACP believed it was under attack because of its hardline stance against corruption, Mr Nzimande told journalists at a media briefing on Sunday -BD Live.

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