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Cosatu set for nationalstrike against Zuma

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Provincial deputy general secretary says the union does not have to explain itself to the ANC

DEMANDS: Cosatu deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe during a provincial shop stewards council meeting at the Kimberley City Hall.

COSATU in the Northern Cape will join a national strike action as part of the federation’s mass campaign to force President Jacob Zuma to step down. No date has yet been set for the strike.

Cosatu’s deputy general secretary, Solly Phetoe, during a provincial shop stewards council meeting at the Kimberley City Hall, stated that the entire country would be brought to a standstill.

“We will also strike against job losses, corruption and state capture. We will not march with the opposition, but will stage our own march to urge Zuma to resign or that he be recalled as president of the country.”

Phetoe stated that the strike would continue indefinitely until their demands were met.

“In the next four weeks we will mobilise all affiliates and our members to take part in the total shutdown of services.”

He added that Cosatu was previously summoned to explain to the ANC why Zuma was booed at political rallies.

“Cosatu does not owe anyone an explanation about why Zuma was booed or why he should step down. The ‘premier league’ is gone. The Guptas have captured the state and some of our leaders. Taxpayers had to pick up the tab for the wedding at Sun City. The citizenship of the Guptas must be revoked. If they have been given tenders at Home Affairs, they must be exposed. Zuma lied when he said he received a bank loan to build Nkandla.”

Phetoe stated that they wanted Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be the next president of South Africa and the ANC.

“He has the necessary credentials. The ANC is in crisis and it cannot win the elections without the support of Cosatu.”

He confirmed that there were attempts to dissolve the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in the Northern Cape, because it supported Ramaphosa.

“ANC members are pursuing personal interests. They came to disband the PEC and they failed.”

This is despite denials from the ANC PEC when media enquiries were directed to them.

Phetoe said that the ANC should discipline both Zuma and Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana, after two women laid charges of assault against him at a Johannesburg nightclub. Manana has since resigned.

Phetoe also spoke out against the “witch-hunt” against ANC MPs who voted in favour of the motion of no confidence in Zuma.

“It is wrong. Attacks to discredit Dr Makhosi Khoza, Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom point to the fact that the ANC is in crisis. If the ANC had listened to the masses there would not have been a secret ballot against the president.”