Cosatu: Too early for ANC succession debate

Sdumo Dlamini says the rush to debate the party's leadership in 2017 is a recipe for disaster.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande addresses crowds in the Joburg CBD at Cosatu’s march for decent work. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has warned the African National Congress (ANC) that entering into a succession race two years before the party holds its elective conference is a recipe for disaster and says so-called vote buying and business politics threaten the life of the organisation.

On Wednesday, Cosatu staged a national day of action with marches for decent work across the country.

The event was also addressed by South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande, who said using money to gain power in the ANC put the movement up for sale.

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said it was too early to start speaking about the ANC succession race and those who did so were placing the party at risk.

"We say to the ANC, 2017 is two years from now, the rush to debate about the leadership in 2017 recipe for disaster for all of us."

Nzimande warned that ambitious politicians who used money to secure delegates support could also be bought by business people.

"If you buy delegates for the conference it means nawe (you) you can be bought. They will be bought by the single highest imperialist bidder."

The ANC heads to its national general council this week and its senior leadership has warned against the same trend destabilising the movement, saying it must be defeated.