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'Alliance weaknesses exposed by strikes'

President Jacob Zuma said the ANC and its partners need to take a stance on the recent wildcat strikes.

ANC President Jacob Zuma said the party and its alliances need to act against wildcat strikes.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Saturday said the recent wildcat strikes in the mining industry exposed the weaknesses of the African National Congress (ANC) and its alliance partners, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Zuma slammed the ANC for focusing on succession politics while workers, who make up most of its constituency, were in a crisis.

He told delegates at the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu)'s General Council in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg, that he was shocked after listening to how angry workers in Marikana were at the National Union Of Mineworkers (Num).

The local mining sector nearly came to a standstill because of a rise in the number of unprotected strike that erupted since August.

Zuma said it was worrying that the ANC, Cosatu and SACP carried on as if it was "business as usual", while one of the biggest tragedies the country had had since 1994 was brewing.

"Our organisation, in terms of the union, in terms of the liberation movement, and the SACP, all of us may be found wanting or guilty of not doing our job."