Mantashe calls for Denosa to unite
Denosa represents about 72,000 nurses and health professionals across the country
JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe has called on the Democratic Nursing Union of South Africa (Denosa) to use its influence in Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to unite warring factions and prevent a split.
Mantashe today addressed the seventh National Denosa Congress, where he warned against the destruction of Cosatu and what he says would be the demise of the country's labour movement.
"Denosa can play its role by pulling together the different factions in the federation and unify the federation. You do that by not being sensational or emotional in dealing with divisions," Mantashe told the union.
Denosa represents about 72,000 nurses and health professionals across the country, and is seen as having notable influence within Cosatu.
Mantashe's call to unite factions follows the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa's near expulsion from the federation at a central committee meeting last week.
Meanwhile, South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande has told Denosa members that any Cosatu affiliates who want to leave the alliance will only end up splitting themselves.
Nzimande addressed Denosa delegates in Boksburg today, where he called on Cosatu to organise the most vulnerable sectors of society and maintain its status as an alliance partner.