'The ANC doesn’t want a Mickey Mouse Cosatu'

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC wants Cosatu to be more militant and influential.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it wants to strengthen Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) to see it become more militant and influential.

The ruling party has reaffirmed its partnership with the federation at its 30th anniversary celebrations in Durban today.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told delegates that the ANC will never abandon Cosatu especially in light of what he says were recent attempts to destroy the body from within.

Last month, the federation announced its new leadership at its 12th national congress held in Midrand.

Ramaphosa says factionalism and infighting won't stop the trade union federation from strengthening and reviving some of its unions.

"The African National Congress will always be walking next to Cosatu and the ANC wants a militant Cosatu, the ANC doesn't want a Mickey Mouse Cosatu."