Cosatu urges ANC to take responsibility, resolve disunity & scandals
The trade union federation says never-ending scandals are hurting the ANC’s claim to the moral high ground.
JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says the African National Congress (ANC) and the liberation movement need to take responsibility to resolve their degeneration and that never-ending scandals are hurting the party's claim to the moral high ground.
It also says the current political crisis facing the ANC is a crisis of the entire movement, which reflects its collective weakness.
Cosatu's Central Executive Committee (CEC) says decisive leadership is needed to navigate through the current period, which is being characterised by turmoil, disunity, factionalism and ill-discipline.
Cosatu General-Secretary Bheki Ntshalitshali says this involves everyone.
"The people that are affected is all of us, that's why we're also duty-bound to look in Cosatu and say, what about the division in the movement, are we not in the same position as the African National Congress?"
Cosatu is also furious at the way Senzo Mchunu was forced to resign as KwaZulu-Natal premier, saying it was not consulted about the move.
The former premier will be replaced by Transport and Safety MEC Willies Mchunu.
The party has quelled speculation that started last week about Mchunu's role in provincial government following several accusations leveled against him.
'PRESENT SITUATION IS UNSUSTAINABLE'
Cosatu says the present situation is unsustainable for the ANC and that the movement as a whole risks entering a new phase of decline and deterioration that will only get worse.
Ntshalintshali also said they're worried about how the spat between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the Hawks is playing out.
"We are not taking sides in terms of whether there should be an investigation against the minister or not. People are equal before the law but the leaks and the public spat unnecessarily take confidence from the people."
The federation says the decision to force Mchunu to resign was unnecessary and not properly thought out.
Cosatu says the never-ending scandals engulfing the ANC and the Tripartite Alliance risk eroding the moral high ground of the movement and weakening its political capacity to lead society.
It says the ANC has a narrow focus on internal factional battles and growing social distance from the people.
It says that the current situation has emboldened counter-revolutionary forces.
Ntshalintshali says they're very worried.