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ANC lashes out at Cosatu over Mangaung

The ANC says its “rude” for Cosatu to make pronouncements on who it wants to lead the party.

File: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it is unacceptable for the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to make pronouncements on who it wants to lead the party at this stage.

The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) held its final meeting at the weekend, ahead of the party's elective conference in Mangaung next month.

It reported back on the meeting on Monday, from Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

On Sunday, Cosatu President Sdumo Dlamini said the trade union federation would back Jacob Zuma for ANC president and Kgalema Motlanthe as his deputy.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe had some harsh words for Cosatu.

"It is rude to think that you can take over the ANC and steam ahead and… announce on your preferences."

But he also took ANC provincial executive committees to task, saying provinces could not announce who they were backing before all branch general meetings had taken place.

"When they are accused of running [meetings] with the mind of a preconceived outcome, they are opening themselves up [to scrutiny]."

Mantashe said 75 percent of branches had already submitted their nominations.