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Cosatu sets 'house rules' for Zuma

By unknown | Mar 05, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Cosatu in KwaZulu-Natal has given ANC president Jacob Zuma "house rules and conditions" he will have to immediately abide by when he becomes the country's president.

Speaking at a National Health Workers Union rally in Pietermaritzburg yesterday to drum up support for the ANC ahead of elections, Cosatu provincial secretary Zet Luzipho said "Cosatu had supported Zuma through thick and thin - from the day he was relieved of his duties as the deputy president by the then president, Thabo Mbeki".

He said they had "never set any conditions" for Zuma before, but this time around, there would be. He said Zuma had to abide by these rules when he becomes president after the elections.

"Zuma must make sure that when he appoints the new head of the National Prosecuting Authority, he appoints a responsible person who will not prosecute him. He cannot appoint a person and have to stand before him on August 25 (when Zuma faces corruption charges)," said Luzipho.

He said the same condition should apply to the new head of police "because (Jackie) Selebi was going".

" The current head of police in the country is going. So Zuma must also appoint a responsible person in that position as well," he said.

Luzipho also hinted that the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal was willing to govern with the IFP.

"We love our province. We are willing to govern with the IFP, but not over the bodies of our people."

The Young Communist League's Buti Manamela said: "Zuma is not going to jail. I know some people are fantasising about that. It won't happen."

The ANCYL's provincial chairperson Mxolisi Kaunda defended Julius Malema campaigning "in the back yard of IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

"When Malema said "our president is under siege" he meant the ANC would campaign even in areas traditionally known to be IFP strongholds."


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