National 25.8.2016 04:01 pm

Cosatu ‘open’ to early ANC leadership contest

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President  Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The union federation says deliberations over new leadership should start soon.

Cosatu will reportedly not shut down calls for the ANC to hold an early leadership challenge and wants deliberations to start soon, reports Bdlive.

Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali told journalists on Thursday in Johannesburg the leadership of the unions under its fold had mulled over the idea of an early elective conference at the federation’s recently concluded central executive committee (CEC) meeting.

“The sad reality is that the current ANC is highly factionalised and cannot claim to still be functioning as a coherent and a unitary organisation,” Ntshalintshali said.

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He said talks would be postponed to a special leadership summit to be held at a later stage, and that it had acknowledged the results from the local government elections, which saw the ANC lose 8% of its electoral support and the key metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

“We all have to acknowledge that our political necks are in the hangman’s noose, and we will not survive if we continue with the business-as-usual mentality,” he said.

He also cautioned against the ”danger that shortcut solutions pose”, saying they would plunge the alliance into more ”disarray and decline”.




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