ANC hoping Cosatu stays united

Gwede Mantashe said the party is deeply concerned by the problems facing Cosatu and its affiliates.

FILE: Gwede Mantashe said an ANC task team must work hard to create unity and cohesion in Cosatu. Picture: Cosatu.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it's still hoping the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) won't split.

The ruling party earlier reported back on a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held at the weekend.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said the party is deeply concerned by the problems facing Cosatu and its affiliates following the expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa).

"Let us welcome the report of the task team and let's commend them on the work they have done to engage Cosatu."

Mantashe says an ANC task team must work hard to create unity and cohesion in the trade union federation.

"The ANC will engage its alliance partners to be part of the effort to forge unity within Cosatu."

Numsa was voted out of Cosatu by 33 votes to 24 earlier this month and the decision has since exposed the rift between rival affiliates.

The ANC has also raised concerns about the recent conduct of Members of Parliament (MPs), saying the actions of some MPs undermine the Constitution.

The party also said it's planning to set up a task team to examine the situation regarding state-owned enterprises.