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Cosatu doesn't support SACP's decision to challenge ANC

Cosatu deputy general Secretary Solly Phetoe say they have the resolution coming from the 12th national congress of Cosatu to support the ANC during elections.

Cosatu briefing underway shortly after its central executive committee meeting. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Cosatu does not support its alliance partner the SACP on its decision to contest elections in Metsimaholo, saying the federation's standing resolution is to back only the ANC during elections.

The federation has held a briefing following its central executive committee meeting.

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When the SACP decided to test the waters by contesting elections for the first time in Metsimaholo, going head-to-head with the ANC, it knew very well this would heighten tensions with the governing party.

So it briefed its alliance partner Cosatu before the elections, but the federation hasn’t given it its support.

Cosatu deputy general Secretary Solly Phetoe explained: “We have the resolution coming from the 12th national congress of Cosatu to support the ANC during elections."

The decision to support only the ANC during elections can be reviewed by its national congress scheduled for next year.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)