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Alliance Summit "cordial" – Mantashe

The Tripartite Alliance partners have all stressed the importance of finding unity at the alliance summit.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the ANC's National Executive Committee meeting in Irene, 18 May 2012. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Tripartite Alliance partners have all stressed the importance of finding unity at this weekend's alliance summit - amid leadership squabbles.

Discussions will centre around internal differences, economic and land policy and the National Development Plan (NDP).

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) have criticised parts of the NDP which all allies have to agree on before tomorrow.

Leaders here remain tight lipped about the mood inside the hall. The ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has watered it down as "cordial discussions".

This summit takes place in National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa)'s absence. Numsa has accused Mantashe of sowing divisions in Cosatu while the SACP says they don't want to get involved in internal Cosatu matters.

The SACP's Jeremy Cronin says it looks like allies can unite on one thing: the need for a more radical second phase of transition.

"None of us are rejecting in totality the national development plan. It's not a question of we're lining up in two sides."

Cronin says parties are committed to debate differences surrounding the NDP.