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Cosatu rallies behind the ANC

Nearly 20 unions have been paying a political levy which will go towards the ANC election campaign.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini says the federation has an abundance of resources to fund its campaign for the ANC ahead of this year's elections. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) president Sidumo Dlamini says the federation has an abundance of resources to fund its campaign for the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of this year's elections.

Nearly 20 unions affiliated to Cosatu are expected to mobilise support for the ruling party ahead of the polls.

Dlamini says affiliates have been paying a political levy for the past six months which will go towards the campaign.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) is the only affiliate that has chosen to not take part in the campaigning.

During its special congress last month, Numsa announced it will not support the ANC in the elections.

It also called for President Jacob Zuma to resign, claiming his decisions to forge ahead with the Employment Tax Incentive Act, e-tolls and the upgrades to his Nkandla homestead could not be tolerated.

Speculation has also been mounting that it will form a political party to take on the ANC.

The union claims it's merely assessing the feasibility of such a move, with newly-elected president Andrew Chirwa saying they're considering various options.