COSATU no MDC – Craven

cosatuJOHANNESBURG - The influential Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has denied reports that it is planning to form a new workers party along lines similar to Zimbabwes Movement for Democratic Change in 1999.

The media, which has its own agenda, has sought to present the COSATU General Secretary (Zwelinzima Vavi) as wanting to use COSATU to form a new workers union or a South African MDC political party as it has happened in Zimbabwe, Cosatu spokesperson, Patrick Craven, told The Zimbabwean in Johannesburg after the Cosatu Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting.

The truth is that the General Secretary is not an individual operating outside the discipline and policy of the federation. COSATU is committed to the Alliance and has no agenda whatsoever to form an MDC. This does not mean that COSATU must give in to the blackmail and refuse to discuss the political environment it finds itself operating in. Cravens sentiments during the interview followed speculation that Cosatu would pull out of the tripartite alliance it is part of with the ruling African National Congress and the South African Communist Party.

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