ANC hits back at Cosatu leader

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The ANC says it is disturbed by what appears to be a sustained campaign by Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi to undermine its members and leadership.

"His continued unwarranted attacks on the leadership of the ANC is a matter of concern to all those who want to see the alliance united to further its primary objective of improving the living conditions of our people," ANC spokesman Smuts Ngonyama said yesterday.

Ngonyama said leaders of the alliance were expected to act responsibly and to conduct themselves in an exemplary manner befitting the leaders of the mass democratic movement. "We find as unfortunate, unfounded and divisive statements attributed to Vavi suggesting that the re-election of ANC president Thabo Mbeki as party leader will divide the alliance."

He said the ANC rejected Vavi's comments as a totally unacceptable attempt to tell the ANC how it should constitute its leadership.

"We wish to state once again that the decision of who should lead the ANC is the exclusive right of ANC branches and should be respected. The ANC advises anyone wishing to participate in the process of electing its leaders to do so through the appropriate channels.",