SACP, Cosatu join hands to unify SA workers

Their meeting comes after the Gauteng SACP and Cosatu announced that they would launch their own election campaign for the 2019 elections without the ANC.

FILE: An SACP flag flies during a protest. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have resolved to join forces, unite workers and build working class consciousness.

The two alliance partners held a bilateral meeting on Monday.

Their meeting comes after the Gauteng SACP and Cosatu announced that they would launch their own election campaign for the 2019 elections without the African National Congress (ANC).

The SACP’s Alex Mashilo says they’ll work with Cosatu to unify workers.

“The SACP has agreed to work with Cosatu to unify workers in order to deal with challenges that workers are facing.”

Meanwhile, Cosatu has also called on the ANC national executive committee (NEC) to discuss the possible reinstatement of criminal charges against President Jacob Zuma when it meets for a special sitting later this week.

The federation has told Eyewitness News that it hopes the meeting will also take bold decisions about what it calls the lack of Zuma's leadership capabilities.

Cosatu's Sizwe Pamla says the special NEC must take decisions that will preserve the unity of ANC and give the party a fresh start.

"The president is no longer the centre that is holding. He is no longer providing the kind of leadership that, not just the ANC but the country, needs. The country is really leaderless."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)