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Delegates divided over ANC succession battle

By Hlengiwe Nhlabathi, Olebogeng Molathlwa and George Matlala | Sep 21, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 10 ]

A MAJORITY of Cosatu delegates sang in support of President Jacob Zuma despite attempts by their leaders to avoid the contentious ANC succession debate.

Yesterday metal workers union Numsa and teachers union Sadtu proposed but failed to persuade the congress to discuss ANC leadership.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said the matter had been referred to the labour federation's central executive committee and could not be discussed at the congress.

Earlier ANC secretary-gen eral Gwede Mantashe gave the strongest indication that he supported Zuma for a second term as ANC leader.

Mantashe seemed to be campaigning for Zuma when he referred to a "Zuma moment" instead of a "Lula moment'' as called for by Cosatu.

He said a "Zuma Moment" could be achieved with Cosatu's help, particularly in ensuring that agricultural land was optimally used for production.

Lula is the former Brazilian president who, in his second term, became popular for introducing radial economic policies that reduced inequality, poverty and unemployment. Cosatu is proposing that the government take the same direction.

"We agree with the thrust of Cosatu's central executive community socioeconomic document but we want to add a few issues and their contribution to make the Zuma moment a reality.

"Cosatu must join the ANC in working out what minerals should be nationalised as the discussion will be key in Mangaung," Mantashe said during the discussion on the socio-economic policies to be adopted by the labour federation.

Earlier, delegates showed deep divisions over whether to support Zuma or his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe ahead of the ANC's elective congress in December.

While some affiliates attending the last day of the congress broke into pro-Zuma songs accompanied by hand signals endorsing his bid for a second term in office, others revolted, calling for change using substitution signs like those used at soccer matches.

About two groups marched around the hall, trying to outdo one another.

The general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, Frans Baleni, seemed to make it known whose camp he was in as he held up the V-sign, together with the Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, who danced on stage, next to federation general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

There were also opposing positions among members of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA.

Some of them loudly shouted "sifuna uKgalema" (We want Kgalema), while their counterparts sang Zuma's praises.

One member danced on top of a table holding a framed photograph of Motlanthe.

Vavi took to the podium and warned that the showing of signs was divisive to the congress.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has declared Aurora mining, which is owned by Zuma's nephew Khulubuse, the worst performing company.

Hand signals used to show support for Zuma or Motlanthe

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I would like to see Kgalema as our next President but I hate to admit it, it seems like Zuma will win.

Sep 21, 2012 9:36 | 0 replies

I think it's time for j.z to pack up his bag and leave,we need a change.The man is clueless and corrupt,we deserve better than this,he's the person who has divided the ANC..

Sep 21, 2012 3:30 | 0 replies

ThirdEye
I would like to see Kgalema as our next President but I hate to admit it, it seems like Zuma will win.
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Don't worry he will be our next President in 2019, but for now he must just be patient.

Sep 21, 2012 2:47 | 0 replies

@seutullamakunutu


You need to see the bigger picture , unless you will keep on complaining everyday of your life , look at the bigger picture beyond Zuma there is a light after that tunnel look around yourself.

Zuma has done nothing , the problems in this country are these people who got fired and want to create anarchy in our land because they dont have access to cash cow, if people like yourself can learn to understand the environmental dimension will be good for the country. My advise to you Zuma is there to defend your interest at the expense of these wolfs/hyaenas Malema,Cele,Nyanda,Yengeni, Mashatile etc who have no regard at all with you are more concern about being super rich unless you are one of their daughters or girlfriend

Sep 21, 2012 1:42 | 0 replies

South Africa is going down, a mock we have become to the outside world with an illerterate, immoral, double headed president like Zuma. Will be having wiflets like disciples at the end of second term.
Zuma must step down or be forced to step down, by not voting for ANC.

Sep 21, 2012 12:12 | 0 replies

May the Living God and Creator of all, bring a quick end to the existence of ANC and its rule in South Africa, may He Use his powerful Spirit of Fire to bring death of ANC and its spirit of corruption. May He also prevent The DA from ruling South Africa one day and destroy the satanic spirit of Nazism (superior race) that governs the DA. May he allow true democracy to the people to really elect their own leadres that they prefer. May all these happen for the love of the people of South Africa, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.

Sep 21, 2012 12:11 | 0 replies

It becomes very difficult to advocate change of leadership openly especially when you survive on tenders.

Sep 21, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

ThirdEye
I would like to see Kgalema as our next President but I hate to admit it, it seems like Zuma will win.
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motlante will bring malema and mathale two curses to sa economy

Sep 21, 2012 10:18 | 0 replies

@ThirdEye,

It is a foregone conclusion that JZ has won. You should have seen an indication from Cosatu 's conference my broer.

Sep 21, 2012 10:5 | 0 replies

@Dandan What bigger picture are you referring to . Go beyond South Africa then you will know that Zuma is a mock , without morals, who is dragging the country down. The people who are fired from ANC did not rape, have many wives, built nkandla at the taxpayers expense, did not use the same Malema to ousted president Mbeki, did not sleep with their friend's daughters. Those people would be silent if Zuma was leading this country, like a leader. I do not care i do not want to be led any an immoral illeterate.

Sep 24, 2012 9:16 | 0 replies