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'I doubt Cosatu will leave ANC during elections'

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni says the ANC is probably not that worried.

Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini holds hands with union leadership during the opening day of the national congress. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.
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Local Elections Politics

JOHANNESBURG – As African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe says trade union federation Cosatu is trying to hold the ANC to ransom over pensions, questions are now being asked over whether it will actually make good on its threat to withdraw its support during the local government elections.

Mantashe argued that the ANC supports the new law signed by the president and workers will benefit from it.

This week Cosatu claimed that government is nationalising pensions after President Jacob Zuma signed into law changes to the way provident funds are paid out.

The trade union federation says Zuma has divided the working class and launched an attack on the tripartite alliance.

From March, two thirds of the money in a fund will have to be annuitised to provide long-term income for people who retire.

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni says the ANC is probably not that worried.

“I’m almost certain that when elections come Cosatu, SACP and ANC and the youth league will come together knowing that the stakes are high and will resume their low intensity political skirmishes thereafter.”  

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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