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Cosatu gives ANC another month

Cosatu says if it's not satisfied with the ANC's intervention, it will ignore the party's recommendations.

Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini. Picture:Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG -The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says if it's not satisfied with an ANC intervention aimed at healing divisions within the federation, it will ignore the ruling party's recommendations.

Cosatu announced yesterday it's allowed the ANC another month to meet with affiliates and iron out outstanding issues and has once again called for a ceasefire between rival unions.

The ANC established a task team to sort out divisions within Cosatu shortly before the 7 May elections.

The federation's president Sidumo Dlamini says the ANC's intervention is not legally binding and the decision to accept it will be entirely dependent on what the party offers.

"We will be looking into a package which is a product of a collective work of all of us and if at the end of the day, we don't think it will help us, we should be able to say sorry ANC you know you are genuine you tried to assist us and then we will go back and throttle each other continuously."

COSATU CONCERNED ABOUT NDP

Cosatu says it does not think President Jacob Zuma's commitment to radical economic transformation will be realised if the National Development Plan (NDP)'s economic chapter remains in its current form.

During his inauguration address at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 24 May, the president focused on the economy, saying there would be changes to laws around employment equity and broad-based black economic empowerment to speed up economic transformation.

He also said the state would intervene more in the economy to try and unlock blockages.

Zuma's comments were made before the latest Gross Domestic Product figures showed South Africa recorded negative growth for the first time since 2009.

Cosatu says it has not yet analysed Zuma's new cabinet.

Dlamini says their concerns with the NDP have not yet been addressed.

"Cosatu has pointed out quite sharply those areas in the plan which won't enable us to achieve this radical economic transformation."

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