'Act against ANC enemies'
COSATU president Sdumo Dlamini has called on members of the ANC's military wing to use their expertise to act against the enemies who were out to destroy the revolution.
In a veiled attack against expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, Dlamini said uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association must "help deal with enemies who continue to insult the leadership of the ANC".
"They are busy setting up units in the mines. That's where the MKMVA comes in. They set up structures at workplaces to destabilise and weaken the National Union of Mineworkers, Cosatu and ultimately the ANC," Dlamini told the ex-combatants at their congress in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, at the weekend.
Dlamini, who admitted to being prone to getting emotional when talking about Malema's escapades, suggested that Malema was shooting himself in the foot by working against the ANC and unions.
Malema has been visiting striking mineworkers across the country, urging them to demand a R12,500 salary increase.
Dlamini cautioned MKMVA members to remain vigilant against enemies of the revolution who dressed themselves in colours of the ANC and shouted the same slogans to deceive the masses.
This statement was similar to "battle orders" issued by President Jacob Zuma on Friday, for the ex-combatants "not to allow the organisation to be destroyed".
Zuma told the delegates to "be wary of the enemy from within ... it comes in different guises, shapes and sizes". He spoke of "alien tendencies" within the organisation, which were factionalism, lobbying for positions, ill-discipline, fraud and corruption, gate-keeping and bulk-buying of members.
On the last day of the conference yesterday, the MKMVA adopted a resolution to heed Zuma's orders to fight the enemy, as the organisation was the last line of defence.
The organisation endorsed Zuma, his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and chairwoman Baleka Mbete to be retained in Mangaung.
It snubbed ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa and deputy secretary Thandi Modise. It wants their positions to be filled by ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairman Zweli Mkhize and Jesse Duarte respectively.
Phosa's constant criticism of the ANC leadership and government has rattled feathers and resulted in some structures omitting him from their list of candidates.
Meanwhile, Dlamini yet again showed his support for Zuma as he joined delegates waving his fingers in V-signs and singing an anti-Malema song.
Cosatu avoided discussing nominations at its congress last month, resolving to have the matter discussed at the federation's central executive committee meeting scheduled for Monday.
This article was first published in the printed newspaper on 15 October 2012