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Boost for Zuma's campaign

By Olebogeng Molatlhwa, Sibusiso Ngalwa, Hlengiwe Nhlabathi and George Matlala | Sep 18, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 125 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma's campaign for a second term as ANC president received a boost from Cosatu leadership.

The union federation's top leadership were retained unopposed while the fractured affiliates united in song, praising the president.

All of Cosatu's national office bearers - president Sdumo Dlamini, first deputy president Tyotyo James, second deputy president Zingiswa Losi, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, deputy general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali and treasurer Freida Oosthuizen - retained their positions.

This is the same group that stood steadfastly behind Zuma's elevation to the top job at both the ANC and the country.

Zuma's speech also struck the right chords with the delegates at Cosatu's 11th National Congress at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, as he emphasised the importance of the alliance.

But Zuma also warned that the ongoing strikes within the mining sector have the potential of plunging the economy into another recession, which would cost millions of jobs.

He cautioned that the ongoing impasse at Lonmin mine in Marikana and other mines was not only a problem to the mining industry, but had a detrimental effect on the entire economy.

"The impact goes beyond the mining sector. The manufacturing sector, especially the Fabricated Metal Products sector, is already showing signs of strain. We cannot afford to go into a recession and revert to the 2008 and 2009 period where the country lost close to a million jobs, which we are still battling to recover," Zuma said.

The ongoing work stoppages in the platinum and gold sectors in the past nine months had already cost R4.5-billion in lost production.

Zuma commended Cosatu for its "maturity" in retaining its leadership without contest, adding that the outcome was a lesson to the entire alliance. He also took the opportunity to attack his political detractors, whom he accused of using the Marikana tragedy to score cheap political points.

Comparing government intervention in Marikana to apartheid was being disingenuous as the government's intention was to stabilise the situation, he said.

Zuma also called on the mining companies to implement the Mining Charter. His speech was preceded by that of Dlamini, who also alluded to the Marikana tragedy .

Dlamini, who has emerged as Zuma's key supporter in Cosatu, cautioned delegates that tensions within the federation were tactical and should not be regarded as "strategic differences."

"We will not go to Mangaung divided, but we will go there with a clear class agenda to defend and advance the progressive outcomes of Polokwane," Dlamini said.

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@ChampRef


people dont know why we support zuma, we want to rebuild the anc , we have so many leaders in the movement leadership in the movement isnt limited to selected few, Cyril must take the country after Zuma after he had molested all these untouchables

Sep 18, 2012 11:9 | 0 replies

We want a coloured president.. Zuma is stealing too much TIK..

Sep 18, 2012 11:44 | 0 replies

The ANC won 65% of the vote with Zuma at the helm. Come 2014, they will increase that margin to 68% still with Zuma at the helm. The mighty Khongolose (ANC) is still growing in strength and support especially in KZN. The IFP is busy dying a slow death, and guess what, all those members are flocking in numbers back to where they really belong, i.e. to the ANC. It's bad news for Yengeni, Malema, Sexwale and Mbalula. Last time I checked, they couldn't stand the contamination of the ANC by IFP members swelling the ANC ranks and importing "IFP tendencies" into the movement. Ask the poor Blade.... LOL....

Sep 18, 2012 11:49 | 0 replies

DAN Dan

How many members did ANc had in 1994 and how many Black member did DA have and NOW? How many wards were won by anc iand DA in 1994 and Now. Stop smoking socks and talk facts. We the upcoming Generation dont care who fought who we vote for people you have the brains. Zuma didnt go to school so he cannot talk same level as me he is an outdated leader.

Sep 18, 2012 11:49 | 0 replies

I dont understand how anyone in their right mind can still vote for the anc and can even back a president who is not adequately educated or even morally deserving to lead this country. The anc has lost its way badly and there is no way back for them. Too many are corrupt and the next in line is as broken as their predecessor.

Phansi anc phansi

Sep 18, 2012 11:51 | 0 replies

Dandan
@MissBhakajuju


let me give you umhabulo, when two bulls fight grass suffer, in other words Kgalema is sacrficed for this war, we cant go on as if nothing is happening in the ANC.


WHO IS THE GRASS?

Sep 18, 2012 11:54 | 0 replies

@Cl!ck-
Come on.. You must be joking. A coloured president in SA? It would be nice to have Trevor as our commander-in-chief, but you know the politics of Mzansi bro... Patricia De Lille left PAC after decades of warming its benches and realising she could not achieve her ambition of leading the organisation, a "black" one nogal. Guess where she is now...?

Sep 18, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies

Kgalema Motlanthe........

a Comrade
a Stalward
a Leader
a Politician
a Father
a Peace Keeper
a Visionalist

I PAUSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 18, 2012 11:56 | 0 replies

This Mshini wam guy might be good in the bedroom but is clueless in running our beloved country. But then again I dont blame Zuma for being sbanxa president , I blame people who voted him ( knowing exactly that he hold a grade R report).

Motlanthe for President and Zuma for Maskandi music!!!!

Sep 18, 2012 11:57 | 0 replies

Zoomer will only be supported by his fellow Zoolus morons who have only their selfish interest of Inkandla and kzn in general and not of the country as a whole. Talk about being a Zoolu no brains at all

Sep 18, 2012 12:1 | 0 replies

@Mgwijikhwebu

you sound like an IFP agent Boy...... are you still excited about Polokwane ?? *BIg LOL*

its old news, Boy & it is so yesterday & exhausted........ I haven't given any Verdit about Mangaung & I didn't say

who's going to take which Position...... I was just My Kgalema Motlanthe, and ANC comrade !!! Do you have a problem

with that ???????????


Sep 18, 2012 12:22 | 0 replies